There are number of reasons why we need to dig up the road which include:
We work closely with local authorities when carrying out road works to help us plan efficiently and co-ordinate our work with other utility companies. This also helps us keep disruption to a minimum, which is one of the requirements of the ‘New Road and Street Works Act 1991’ and the ‘Traffic Management Act 2004’.
It is therefore very important that anyone requesting installation/connection of services within the road or footway from utility companies gives adequate notice of requirements. Failure to do so will result in the local authorities not granting permission for the time requested.
The safety of our staff and members of the public is our number one priority.
All of our staff have received training on the Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice, which outlines the necessary requirements on the use of signing, lighting and guarding to maintain a safe work site.
We play a leading role in a number of national groups, including Street Works UK, the Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC) UK, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) and working parties chaired by the Department for Transport.
By working at a national level, we demonstrate our commitment to the highway authorities on effective street works management.
We have shown our support for the Street Works UK Vision for Street Works and are working with the other stakeholders to make this a reality. Further information can be found on the Street Works UK Vision. Visit their website.