Two more councils join permit scheme

West Berkshire and Slough councils are the latest local authorities to sign up for a roadworks permit scheme that is designed to reduce congestion.

The initiative puts local authorities in charge of who does work and when and means better co-ordination so roads are dug up and closed less often.

Surrey and East Sussex county councils joined the scheme in 2013.

Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways, John Furey, said: “We took control of approving roadworks because the traffic jams they can cause are incredibly frustrating for motorists and cost businesses money, so it’s great news that two more councils are joining.”

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