PLANS for a single body in which contractors, utilities and highways organisations share information about underground services moved a step closer this week after the Institution of Civil Engineers threw its weight behind the move.
The ICE hopes the group could be formed as early as next year to provide details on current and planned excavations in a bid to minimise roadworks.
Martin Cullen, chairman of ICE's Buried Services Working Group, said: 'We are calling on utility companies to share knowledge of their buried assets to experience improvements in the day-to-day management of roadworks.
'As the deadline for the mandatory use of digital mapping approaches, we are keen to work with all key organisations to improve co-ordination between our buried services.'
A report on the forum is being written up for publication in January. It will highlight the benefits of the proposed group and set out proposals for a pilot scheme.