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Roadworks in and around Bedford Borough

The map below gives information on roadworks for road users in and around Bedford Borough.  A full screen map is also available displaying details of Bedford Borough roadworks and a wider surrounding area.

 

Roadworks Permitting Scheme

East of England Permit Scheme

As a Highway Authority, Bedford Borough Council has a duty to manage and control the increasing demand on their road network from the travelling Public and businesses that need roads for journeys as well as the services located underneath.

As a way of managing this demand a number of Authorities have worked in collaboration to introduce a Permit Scheme within their area to improve the coordination of works across their road network.

Bedford Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have developed a common Permit Scheme, called the East of England Permit Scheme (EEPS), to be applied on all the roads within their control.

What is a Permit Scheme?

Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act provides the opportunity for Bedford Borough Council to make an application to the Secretary of State for Transport to introduce a Permit Scheme.

Under a Permit Scheme, anyone intending to carry out works on the road has to make an application to the Authority for a Permit. In addition, the Authority’s power to grant or refuse a Permit, as well as applying conditions to the timings and/or work activity, is significantly increased. Through such capabilities, the Authority operating a Permit Scheme will be better able to coordinate and control works on the road, with the aim of improving both the planning and preparation of works.

 

What will the Permit Scheme give to the Road User?

The main purpose for the introduction of a Permit Scheme is to minimise disruption from unnecessary or badly controlled road works. There are many additional expected benefits to be achieved through more effective control of road works, which include:

  • improving journey times and reliability for all our road users;
  • reducing the congestion caused by road works;
  • improving the information available on works, including advanced warning and duration;
  • increasing the planning and control of works to improve safety and reduce damage to the road.

 

Further Information

A copy of the latest version of the  Scheme can be found at http://www.eastofenglandpermitscheme.co.uk/

Any questions or comments relating to the Scheme enquiries@eastofenglandpermitsheme.co.uk