Utility companies who take too long to complete road works will face higher charges.
Utility companies who take too long to complete road works will face higher charges, Transport Minister Norman Baker has confirmed. Companies must agree a time frame with the relevant local council, which is currently enforced by an unauthorised 'overrun charge' of up to £2,500 per-day. However, from October 1st 2012, charges rise to £5,000 per-day for the first three extra days; increasing further to £10,000 per-day from the fourth.Mr Baker said: "We know that utility firms need to dig up the road to maintain the infrastructure we all rely upon but sometimes this work takes far too long to complete, causing disruption and frustration for everyone using the road.” He continued: "Increasing these charges means that utilities will pay penalties which reflect the cost of the disruption suffered when works go on longer than they should.” Hopefully this will encourage the utility company crippling the roads near me to hurry. I have literally seen buildings rise from nothing in the time it has taken them to sort-out a few pipes. Annoyingly, this work is only necessary because of the mistakes made a few months ago – when they spent weeks laying them. What is going on? One thing is certain, the road surface now has more holes than the surface of the moon. Should we fine them?