Bucks answer to frustrating unscheduled traffic delays

Bucks answer to frustrating unscheduled traffic delays

A new permit scheme goes live on May 1st in order to manage potentially disruptive roadworks on Buckinghamshire's roads.

Unscheduled road works should be a thing of the past under Transport for Bucks (TfB) new scheme.

At the moment, frustrated drivers can be stuck in traffic delays from multiple roadworks by different authorities - this should be less likely under the new permit system. Before, a permit was only required to work on the most traffic-sensitive roads.

However, the new scheme will give rise to costs to cover administration and post completion inspection.

The permit will allow TfB to set specific conditions - such as hours of work and the type of traffic control needed.

TfB says it hopes the new permit system will mean less disruption to drivers because there will be better coordination of all works being carried out.

The new scheme will also mean the public are better informed about work being done because of "better forward planning and enhanced programming of work".

Cllr Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire Council's transport chief, told Bucks Free Press reporter, Stephanie Wareham, "The county's road network has links to several major roads and motorways and in rolling out the scheme, commuters. journey times could be improved by easing congestion.

He said: "The new scheme is in line with the Department for Transport's recommendations and the approach taken by many other highway authorities.

"I am very pleased to see this being rolled out across Buckinghamshire and hope that the travelling public will also see the benefits this scheme brings in due course."

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