ENA responds to launch of Government consultation on lane rental schemes

Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:00AM

Commenting on the Department for Transport consultation into a lane rental scheme for streetworks, Energy Networks Association (ENA) Chief Executive David Smith said:  

“Energy Networks Association welcomes the Government’s consultation and shares their desire to reduce the impact of these essential works. However, any scheme brought forward should be targeted so as to benefit strategic roads, operate on an incentive basis, be avoidable and should treat utilities and local authorities equally.”  

David went on to say,  

“Utilities are investing billions of pounds each year to ensure the essential services for lives and businesses are safe, secure and reliable. This important work is carried out to ensure the safety of the general public, the security of supply, the improvement of services to customers and to facilitate major transport projects. Local authorities account for almost half of all roadwork related congestion and it is therefore only right that they too should fall under the same scheme.”  

ENDS  

Notes to editor  

According to an independent study by Professor Goodwin, Professor of Transport Policy, University of the West of England, utility and authority works together account for only 10% of all congestion, on an approximately 50 / 50 basis. This means that just 5% of congestion is caused by utility works.  

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.  

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