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Govt backs harmonious road digging

PLANS to improve the co ordination of road digging between utilities were launched by transport minister Gillian Merron on Tuesday.

A consultation process has now started on proposals to give local highway authorities the power to controls where and when roads are dug up.

Firms will have to apply for a permit from the authorities who will be able to schedule works and even allow different utilities to use the same hole at once.

Ms Merron said: 'I know how frustrating it is when the same stretch of road is dug up again and again by separate utility companies. This will give local highway authorities the power to take a more sensible and co-ordinated approach to necessary street works.'