TITLE

Reducing Disruption From Utilities' Road Works

PUB. DATE
April 2002
SOURCE
Logistics & Transport Focus;Apr2002, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Institute of Logistics and Transport recognizes the need for utilities to maintain their equipment and accepts that a degree of disruption is a necessary part of that process. It is of some concern that roads/bridges authorities in Great Britain incur direct costs that are not fully recoverable from the utility. The institute supports the thrust of the executive's proposals concerning the matter. This article presents some of the main comments contained in the response of the members of the institute's Scottish branch. The work carried out to rectify faulty reinstatements should bear the charge appropriate the road affected should include work carried out by the road/bridge authority with the charges passed to the relevant undertaker. It is the view of the institute that there should be no prescribed period for any road. The utilities must be encouraged to plan accurately for all work. It does not seem unreasonable to expect undertakers to plan work in some detail, including start date and duration. Given the poor level of adherence to acceptable standards in reinstatements, the institute is not in favor of further voluntary codes of practice. Indeed, if anything, mandatory standards are required to ensure that all users of roads and footpaths are not put at risk by sub-standard work.
ACCESSION #
11577237

 

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