Transport for London says that the equivalent of more than 144,000 hours, or 16 years, of traffic congestion has been avoided due to coordination of roadworks in the Capital last year.
TfL and other service providers shared trenches at nearly 1,200 sites across the Capital to avoid roads being repeatedly dug up by different organisations.
The scheme entailed TfL ensuring that wherever roadworks took place the Capital’s boroughs, utility companies and major developers were also given the opportunity to lay cables for telephone or broadband, repair or renew water pipes or set up electrical connections.
A £4bn Road Modernisation Plan is currently being delivered across London by TfL, alongside other major schemes such as the Northern Line Extension at Battersea. TfL says every possible opportunity is taken to ensure other organisations that need to access services under the road surface can carry out their work at the same time.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, “It is crucial that we use the limited road space within our streets as effectively as possible. That is why I fought to get a lane rental scheme for London and that is what has created a strong incentive for this type of joint working. I am delighted it is proving successful.”
Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer of Surface Transport, said, “We do everything we can to keep London’s traffic moving and minimise the disruption and congestion that road works can cause. While we are carrying out the biggest investment in London’s road network in a generation, we are coordinating with others to future proof the network so we, wherever possible, only need to dig the roads up once. It’s not only on big schemes where we do this – if utilities need to access their cables we do what work we can at the same time too. By planning ahead we are saving drivers a whopping 144,000 hours of future disruption each year.”