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News - 18 January 2004

Pain free road works in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council has developed a two-pronged strategy to ensure the smooth flow of traffic through the city. It proposes better co-ordination of essential works and large new schemes, together with the use of new technology and possible fresh powers to keep the traffic moving.

Several changes to working methods are under consideration to improve the co-ordination of road improvements and minimise disruption. These include negotiating a two year advanced works programme with the utilities companies and producing a map showing all planned works.

Night work, extended hours and weekend working have been undertaken successfully on a number of recent projects including the A270 Old Shoreham Road and the A259 seafront road. However, this method can only be used sparingly as there are greater cost and health and safety considerations.

Night working can also cause noise disruption to residents living nearby. It is proposed to present the roadworks programme to the environment committee for approval.

New technology will also enable the council to produce live information to the public through the Internet and on-street message signs.


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