Permit plan will help traffic flow better

Motorists may soon face less disruption on their journey to work as East Sussex County Council takes greater control of roadworks.

From November utility companies will have to apply for a permit to carry out any work on East Sussex roads and pay a fee for permission to work on the busier roads in the county.

The council says the new scheme will prevent work starting on the county’s busiest roads during rush hour, encourage companies to carry out work at the same time using the same trenches, and control where workers park their vehicles – reducing disruption for drivers.

The council will be able to issue fines for overrunning work and work taking place outside the conditions of the permit.

It will also mean tougher penalties for inadequate road repairs by utilities companies, who will face a second charge for a permission to return and repair the road properly.