RAC comment on DfT launching consultation on increasing utility firms’ roadworks guarantee

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RAC comment on DfT launching consultation on increasing utility firms’ roadworks guarantee

The Department for Transport has today launched a consultation that could lead to utility companies having to guarantee their road repairs for up to five years – three years more than they have to currently.

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “This on the face of it is a very sensible and welcome idea. Utility company roadworks should not lead to an overall worsening of road surface quality. While lane rental is also a very positive step to ensuring utility company works don’t overrun, the quality of their work shouldn’t suffer so this guarantee should also prevent this happening.

“The next logical step that could make a far greater difference to the standard of the country’s local road network is to ensure all road contractors working for local authorities have to provide the same guarantee. The quality of road maintenance, whether that’s repairs or resurfacing, needs to come under closer scrutiny to guard against substandard workmanship. This way every pound spent on our roads would last longer and motorists would have far better surfaces to drive on.”

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