Cabinet approves new streetworks permits scheme: c5714194c99c4f199770c23439826b82

06 Sep 2019


Cabinet approves new streetworks permits scheme

Permit scheme aims to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in Bristol

A new permit scheme, seeking to reduce traffic congestion and enhance air quality at city locations where street works are taking place will come into action in January 2020. 

The scheme will introduce conditions such as adjusting the times work can take place, helping to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and air pollution across the city.

Approval for the scheme was given by the council’s Cabinet during its latest meeting on Tuesday 3 September.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Transport and Energy, said: “We are committed to building a well-connected Bristol that is accessible, clean and can adapt to the future needs of the city. To achieve this, streetworks that improve and maintain the infrastructure of the city are necessary.

“However we also recognise that streetworks can be frustrating for citizens so this permit clearly shows the standards we expect from contractors and gives us stronger powers to take action when conditions are not adhered to. I look forward to the implementation of this proposal.”

Streetworks permit schemes were first introduced by the Traffic Management Act 2004 as a means of improving the management of on-street utility works. The Bristol scheme will be cost neutral as the cost will be covered by revenue generated from the permits.