Stockport Council assistant director of transportation and planning Jim McMahon said the council’s leafletting campaign and media relations with local press and radio were designed to highlight the local authority’s co-operation with utility companies BT and Transco.
The council says it is working with the phone and gas firms to co-ordinate the upgrade and maintenance of utility plant with road repair and resurfacing as part of its Travel Charter.
The charter, which the local authority launched last month, commits the council to better communication of planned road works, co-ordination of road works with those of the utility companies, consideration of public needs when planning road works, completing works within the agreed timescale, maintaining safety and keeping sites tidy, minimising environmental impact and developing new techniques to reduce disruption.
Stockport road signs and works vehicles used by the council, BT and Transco have all been given the council’s charter mark sticker.
‘It isn’t rocket science,’ said McMahon. ‘The council and companies need to understand the impact we have on the public when we dig up the road and how we can minimise that impact by working together.’
Stockport Council estimates that utility companies alone are responsible for around 12,000 road openings in the borough each year. On average there are 120,000 cars on Stockport’s three main roads each day.
Last month the council began the second stage of its consultation on the SEMMS New Relief Road, which is designed to reduce traffic in Stockport, Wythenshawe, Heald Green, Hazel Grove, Poynton and Bramhall.