Sir Oliver Heald welcomes crack-down on disruptive roadworks and road investment

MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald, has welcomed new proposals to crack down on disruption caused by roadworks, with new rules being considered that would reduce disruption for families and businesses in North East Hertfordshire who rely on local roads to get around.

The new rules would encourage the start of 7-day working on local roadworks, with councils and utility companies potentially facing fines of £5,000 a day if motorists are inconvenienced by roadworks left in place on A-roads over weekends with no-one working on them. There could also be charges when temporary traffic lights are left in place.

This is allied with a large investment in roads, with £15b being invested in England’s networks through the Road Investment Strategy.

Sir Oliver commented, “This is good news for all the families and businesses in North East Hertfordshire who rely on our local roads to get around. I am glad that the Government has responded to my campaign by proposing action on roadworks, and so is ensuring that our roads are looked after and improved for the future.”

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