Proposal to operate a permit scheme for road and street activities

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Purpose Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, (TMA), introduced permit schemes as a new way in which activities in the public highway, such as works by the utility companies, the highway authority and those working on their behalf, can be managed to minimise disruption.

A permit scheme is an alternative to the notification system under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, (NRSWA). Currently utility companies inform Lancashire County Council that they intend to carry out works on the highway. Under the proposed permit scheme utility companies and anybody else, including Lancashire County Council, carrying out works on the highway will have to book time and space on the highway by obtaining a permit from Lancashire County Council (the Permit Authority).

What happens next?
By seeking the comments of interested parties through this consultation process, the permit scheme may be modified before the application is made to the Department for Transport, to ensure it will be in the form whereby it has fully considered the views of all key stakeholders.

The consultation period runs until Friday the 20th June 2014 at 5pm. At the end of the consultation period, the responses will be analysed and where considered to be necessary, the permit scheme will be amended to take into account the views of the consultees. If, as a result of the consultation, the permit scheme is amended, a further consultation will take place to enable the consultees to see the changes that have been made. The length of this consultation period will be shorter and likely to be over a period of two weeks.

When Lancashire County Council has finalised the Permit Scheme, it will make an application to the Secretary of State for an order enabling it to implement the permit scheme.

Subject Road and pavement maintenance and repairs
Commissioned by Michael White, Highway Regulation and Inspection Team
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Consultation with Businesses
Political bodies
Public authorities
Special interest group
Date 14/04/2014 - 20/06/2014
Undertaken by Michael White, Highway Regulation and Inspection Team

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For more information about this research contact:

Michael White,
01772 535979