Hull City Council considering 'lane rental' scheme to charge utility companies in bid to reduce roadworks disruption

Hull City Council is considering creating a new lane rental scheme which it is hoped could reduce the disruption caused by roadworks and improve efficiency.

If implemented, the scheme, which was discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Monday (May 20), could see works undertaken by utility companies incur a daily fee of up to £2,500 for digging up the busiest sections of Hull's roads and pavements during peak hours. The authority says it is hoped it would encourage those carrying out works to do so in a "less disruptive manner", freeing up the roads and limiting their time on site.

Hull City Council's Cabinet has now given the green light to explore the idea. Councillor Mark Ieronimo, Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Roads, and Highways, said: “Works carried out on the highway are necessary in order to provide and maintain essential services and transport networks on which we all depend.

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“However, whilst they are essential, Hull’s road network has long been plagued by disruptive works, causing inconvenience to residents, businesses, and commuters alike.

“The lane rental scheme is a significant step towards balancing roadworks with daily life. On this basis, I fully support the efforts to create a smoother and less disruptive urban environment for all.”

Operating costs for the scheme would be met by Hull City Council from the fees charged to the utility companies. The funds collected would be reinvested into repairing the city's potholes, as well new disruption-saving techniques that would streamline roadworks and minimise the delays caused by them.

A consultation process is set to be carried out in the coming months involving all key stakeholders and interested parties. This will determine if the scheme is adopted, as well as which streets and times would be included if it is.