THE misery of roadworks in Huddersfield could be eased.
Gas pipeline operator Transco has teamed up with Kirklees Council to reduce disruption from streetworks.
They have launched a new charter called Streetcare, to help improve communication and co-ordination during gas mains replacement work.
It will not end holes in the roads but it should mean fewer problems for drivers.
The Charter follows the announcement that Transco is spending £4.8m this year replacing metal pipes in Kirklees, as part of £53m investment to replace 16,000kms of gas pipelines in the North.
Streetcare was officially launched during a signing ceremony with representatives of Transco and Kirklees at the McAlpines Stadium in Huddersfield.
The Streetcare Charter commits its signatories to:
* Developing long-term programmes for all large scale planned streetworks to provide the maximum possible advance notice.
* Keeping the general public and local business groups well informed of progress at all times and supplying them with appropriate contact information.
* Completing works within an agreed timescale.
* Continuing to develop and use new techniques and working practices to reduce disruption.
* Ensuring all streetworks meet safety requirements including signage, lighting and guarding, and keeping the sites as tidy as possible.
* Conducting all works so as to minimise environmental impact.
All planned Transco mains replacement works in Kirklees will carry the Streetcare logo to distinguish it from other utility work.
Ruth Thompson, Transco's North of England Network Director, said: "Transco makes every effort to minimise the disruption caused by essential streetworks and the new Streetcare further reinforces our commitment to this area.
"The Charter is a pioneering new partnership and could shape the way utilities and highways authorities work."
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