posted 5 years ago

New Guidance To Cut Road Work Delays

Guidance Leaflets For Road Workers To Cut Congestion

New guidance for road workers could cut the congestion that frustrates millions of drivers and costs the economy £4.3bn per year, the Department for Transport claims. 

The seven traffic advisory leaflets “provide cost effective and time saving tips for the utility companies and highway authorities” that maintain and improve the road network.

The leaflets represent the culmination of a £1 million research project undertaken by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

Time saving techniques include the “Core and Vac” process that is best perceived as keyhole surgery for roads. It enables the utility companies to (say) drill down to underground pipes and valves without impeding a large section of the road.

National Grid

The National Grid found it typically reduces a 5-day job to half a day. It also claims that between April 2011 and March 2014 in London, the technique reduced delays to motorists by 5,670 days.

Other recommendations highlighted in the guidance leaflets include mapping underground pipes and cables to help utility companies recognise where to dig.

A headache for motorists

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says: “Delays on our roads are not only a headache for motorists but are costing our economy billions of pounds a year.

These leaflets will be an indispensable guide to those people working on our roads, providing top tips for getting the job done safely and on time.”

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London, adds: “Poorly planned roadworks can lead to substantial delays and added frustration for all road users. These new traffic advisory leaflets will help pass on valuable lessons to allow utility companies and other highway authorities across the UK to reduce congestion and keep the UK moving.”

List Of Guidance Leaflets

The guidance leaflets are:

  • TAL 2/14 -  Using the core and vac technique at road works 
  • TAL 3/14 - Using hydraulically bound mixtures at road works 
  • TAL 4/14 - Using cementitious mixtures at road works 
  • TAL 5/14 - Using temporary backfill at road works 
  • TAL 6/14 - Using road plates at road works 
  • TAL 7/14 - Mapping underground assets 
  • TAL 8/14 - Implementing extended working hours at road works