Roadworks and traffic

Utility companies

Street works are works carried out by utility service companies such as water, gas, electricity and cable TV, including the installation, repair and inspection of equipment. 

We have a duty to under the Traffic Management Act 2004 to:

  • ensure safety
  • minimise inconvenience – especially to those with disabilities
  • protect the street

We can’t prevent a utility company from carrying out works but we can delay them if necessary, for example, because of traffic problems. Major road works (known as substantial road works) may also restrict street works.

We monitor all utility companies and their associated contractors. We inspect their work at various stages to ensure that health and safety is maintained.  On completion, we carry out a further inspection to check work has been done to a satisfactory standard.