Six new councils have joined the London Permit Scheme designed to cut the disruption caused by roadworks.
Bexley, Havering, Kingston, Merton, Sutton and Tower Hamlets will now have more power to coordinate work on their roads as well as taking tough action against companies breaking the rules – including issuing fines of up to £5,000.
The scheme requires anyone carrying out roadworks to apply for a permit in advance and allows councils to set conditions on timing, coordination and the amount of road space left available to road users.
Companies who work without a permit or break the conditions will be fined.
Regional and Local Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “I know how frustrating roadworks can be especially when there are significant amounts of time when it appears no work is taking place.
“The permit scheme will put an end to this by giving councils the powers to ensure that works are completed as quickly and efficiently as possible with minimal disruption.
“This will bring real benefits to people and I am delighted these councils have joined the rest of London in implementing the scheme.”
Twenty-eight authorities including City of London and Transport for London have already introduced the measures.