Traffic Management Act
This means they have to make sure road networks are managed effectively to minimise congestion and disruption to vehicles and pedestrians. It also requires roadworks to be planned and co-ordinated to consider the impact on neighbouring traffic authorities.
It is our responsibility under the Act to facilitate cooperation between all of London's traffic authorities and utilities so as to improve conditions for all road users. We have responded to this challenge with an array of actions and initiatives.
London Permit Scheme
TfL and many of the London boroughs are members of the London Permit Scheme introduced in 2010. Under the Scheme, utility companies and other works promoters are required to seek permission from the relevant Highway Authority to dig up their roads. This allows Authorities to determine the best time for the works to be carried out, when there is the least disruption to traffic. Authorities can also set conditions on the way the works are carried out.
Whilst TfL proactively works with utility companies, London boroughs and other stakeholders to seek early work plans and to coordinate all works activities, TfL also prosecutes organisations for non-compliance of Permit conditions.
TfL introduced a Lane Rental Scheme in June 2012 on part of the Transport for London Road Network. The Scheme encourages road and street works promoters to carry out carriageway works at the least disruptive times and to minimise their duration on the busiest roads in the capital.
This business information system provides traffic planners and works promoters with details of all planned and current roadworks, and any other events which might disrupt traffic. A public-facing facility is available via the TfL website, providing visibility of road and street works activities.