Merton Council’s successful application to the Department for Transport to operate the London Permit Scheme will mean that it now takes more control over road works in the borough.
From this week (14 January), utility companies and highway contractors will have to apply to the council for a permit before carrying out any works. The permit scheme replaces the existing noticing system and gives greater powers to the council to apply and monitor conditions on works carried out by utility companies and highway contractors.
Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “Now we are in more control over when and how road works are carried out in Merton, road users will see fewer days of disruption and therefore less traffic congestion. This is good news, as we know congestion is a concern for many residents, and we are now in a better position to influence the impact of road works on traffic flow.”
Information on road works in Merton can be found at http://www.merton.gov.uk/roadworks