Consultation

Proposed Permit Scheme for Roadworks

Response to the consultation

As part of our recent consultation process you were invited to provide comments on the permit scheme proposed to be introduced by City of Wolverhampton Council. In parallel with the Roadworks Permitting Scheme consultation, the council also consulted on changes to the National Street Gazetteer data, in terms of the length of route affected and the traffic sensitive times.

 

The consultation period for both aspects concluded on Friday 11 January 2019 and all comments received were considered. It should be noted that no major issues were identified with the proposed scheme or changes to the National Street Gazetteer data. All comments received are outlined in the consultation summary and a full response has been provided. Some of the comments did result in minor amendments and these have been incorporated into the Final Roadworks Permitting Scheme.

 

This information was presented and considered by the Cabinet Member for City Environment in consultation with the Service Director of City Environment and they have taken the decision to approve and introduce the Roadworks Permitting Scheme and implement the changes to the National Street Gazetteer.

 

It is the intention of the City of Wolverhampton Council to complete the associated statutory processes required to implement the Roadworks Permitting Scheme to commence from Monday 3 June 2019. The changes to the National Street Gazetteer will also be implemented to coincide with the introduction of the Roadworks Permitting Scheme.

 

Thank you for participating in the process and should you require any further information Rachel Ing on 01902 555791.

Documents supporting the response

Consultation results

Purpose of the consultation

We are seeking views on plans to introduce a permit scheme for carrying out roadworks in Wolverhampton.

We manage approximately 735km of highway across the city, our road network is fundamental to the city’s economy, enabling businesses to deliver goods and services. It also helps people access services such as health and education as well as employment and leisure activities and keeps communities connected.

Roadworks including work by utility companies, developers and maintenance work by the authority, can cause significant disruption.

Currently, there is a system in place whereby the activity promoter give notice to the authority to carry out works on the highway.

Under the proposed permit scheme, activity promoters will have to book time on the highway network by applying for a permit prior to carrying out works. Similar schemes have already been implemented by other local authorities.

A permit scheme will allow us to improve the management and coordination of essential roadworks.

It aims to:

·         Reduce disruption and inconvenience caused by roadworks on the highway

·         Protect the structure of the street and the apparatus belonging to utility companies and other parties

·         Ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and staff working on the highway

·         Help the council provide better information for road users about work on the highway.

 

Government statutory guidance for permit schemes can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/street-works-the-2007-permit-scheme-regulations-as-amended-in-2015

The Wolverhampton Council Permit Scheme has been developed under the powers provided in Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (“TMA”) and the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007, and the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Amendment) Regulations, and any subsequent amendments.

Full details of our proposed permit scheme, including the proposed cost of permits, are attached below.

·         Cabinet Report – Roadworks Permitting

·         Wolverhampton Permit Scheme

·         Supporting document

·         Wolverhampton Streetworks – Cost Benefit Analysis

·         Wolverhampton Permit Fees cost matrix

·         Consultation Letter

·         Consultation Questionnaire

 

Please submit your consultation response via email to traffic@wolverhampton.gov.uk

The consultation period closes on Friday 11 January 2019 and the scheme is likely to be implemented 1 April 2019.

Following completion of the consultation a report will be published on this website detailing the responses received along with our response.

Contact us

Traffic Management
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre
St Peters Square
Wolverhampton
WV1 1SH

Telephone 01902 555791
Email traffic@wolverhampton.gov.uk

 

Supporting documents