MP welcomes proposals to crackdown on disruption caused by roadworks

Matt Warman.
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Boston MP Matt Warman has welcomed new proposals to crackdown on disruption caused by roadworks.

The new rules would encourage the start of seven-day working on roadworks. Under the plans being considered, councils and utility companies would face paying up to £5,000 a day if motorists are needlessly inconvenienced by roadworks left in place on A-roads over a weekend with no one actually working on them.

There could also be charges when temporary traffic lights are left in place.

Roadworks on these council-managed A-roads would either have to continue over the weekend, minimising the length of the project, or be lifted until work was resumed.

This action comes alongside £15 billion being poured into England’s road network through the Road Investment Strategy.

Mr Warman said: “This is fantastic news for all the families and businesses in Boston and Skegness who rely on our local roads to get around. We all know how frustrating the disruption caused by roadworks can be, as we’ve had to deal with recently on the John Adams Way in Boston, the A52 on the way to Skegness and across Lincolnshire’s many A-roads. By encouraging seven-day working, or the lifting of works at weekends, these changes could help minimise the inconvenience we all face.”

Mr Warman also welcomed the £15 billion investment and said the Government is ensuring ‘that our roads are looked after and improved for the future, with fast, reliable journeys for the people and businesses that depend on them’.