New controls on roadworks

SOUTH Yorkshire's four councils are set to apply for new powers to control the road works and help reduce traffic delays.

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils have begun a formal consultation on proposals to introduce a Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme, which will mean that those who need to work on the busiest roads in these council areas will have to apply in advance for a permit to work.

If the scheme goes ahead, the councils will be able to refuse to grant a permit if they are not happy that the work will meet special conditions. The councils are consulting on their proposed scheme with utility companies, other councils and organisations such as the RAC and AA and community groups.

The statutory consultation for the Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme will run until March 9. Anyone who has an interest can comment. Consultation documents are available on the Yorkshire Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee website at www.yhauc.org.uk.

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