Street Works Forum

ENA manages streetworks and Traffic Management Act issues while promoting external awareness of streetworks issues in support of ENA member companies.

The Street Works Group provides a forum for all the member companies to discuss issues relating to legislation on Street Works activities.

The members of the Street Works Group contribute to the development of ENA policy in matters relating to Roads and Street Works issues by assisting with the completion of enquiries received either via National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) or directly from organisations such as the Department for Transport. These contributions are used to develop ENA policy statements and to provide the electricity and eas endustry input to NJUG position statements.

The Chairman of the Street Works Group is normally the primary representative of ENA on the NJUG Management Committee.

Streetworks contact: Paul Fidler, [email protected].

Traffic Management Act

From time to time, the electricity and gas network operators have to conduct repairs to their infrastructure which affect the highways. The industry works hard to ensure that we do not unnecessarily inconvenience the public when carrying out this work. We are actively working towards practical solutions to minimise this even further, through increased coordination and better technology.

Meanwhile, we are keen to ensure that the Government and local highway authorities do not place unnecessary and ineffective regulatory burdens on the industry that will not deliver solutions to traffic congestion.

As a consequence, we continue to work with Government and local authorities to ensure that this does not happen.

ENA supports the implementation of the 2004 Traffic Management Act and secondary legislation as well as current legislation and codes of practice. We believe the Traffic Management Act 2004 is an unnecessary additional burden leading to increased costs.

We continue to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) and local authorities to ensure that the regulations flowing from the Act will work as effectively as possible. The Traffic Management Act is in force fully on the 1st April 2008.

ENA is represented on a number of working groups and continues to campaign for fairness and good sense. A number of working groups have been set up by the DfT on areas such as safety, fixed penalty notices, reinstatements and regulatory guidance. Other working groups with the Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC) have contributed in areas such as Inspections, Specifications and Performance.

ENA is also represented and works closely with the NJUG. Additional information on street works activities can also be found at the BERR and NJUG websites.