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Department for Transport asks Local Authorities to tackle congestion

In a new consultation document published today entitled 'The guidance on intervention criteria' the Department for Transport sets out when the government may step in directly and intervene in how local roads are managed.

If local authority is failing to tackle congestion a traffic director may be appointed to monitor, report, intervene or take over its functions.

Traffic Minister Gillian Merron said:''This consultation is about how we will work with local authorities to manage their roads. We are consulting to ensure that the steps we will take if things go wrong are fair and clearly understood. We hope we will not need to intervene. But where it is necessary it is important that everyone understands that we are serious when we say local authorities must do all they can to manage their roads for the benefit of all road users'.

The draft, The Guidance on Intervention Criteria, derives from the Traffic Management Act 2004. The focus of the guidance is on encouraging all authorities to raise their standards for managing the road network.

Under the TMA local authorities are duty-bound to aim to have free flowing traffic on their road network, and to facilitate the same on neighbouring networks.

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