Traffic powers for councils

COUNCILS in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley have been given more powers to co-ordinate road works in the Dearne and to take tough action when they overrun.

The scheme means that the three councils can require anyone carrying out road works on certain priority routes across the area to apply for a permit in advance.

They will be able to set conditions on timing, co-ordination and the amount of road space to be left available to road users during the works. Those companies who break the terms of their permit or work without a permit will have to pay a fine.

Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment at Doncaster Council, said: “Drivers tell us that traffic problems caused by road works are one of their biggest concerns. We welcome these new powers which will help us minimise disruptions for road users and keep traffic running more smoothly.”