Roadworks ahead! Repairs mean disruption is inevitable

New powers will help reduce disruption by utility companies
New powers will help reduce disruption by utility companies

I know how frustrating roadworks are for everyone - no matter how they travel.

I know how frustrating roadworks are for everyone - no matter how they travel.

Unfortunately, our transport network cannot be mended or improved without some disruption.

For example, historic under-investment means that the Victorian arches holding up our seafront are coming to the end of their life and risk collapsing.

We have undertaken the first major seafront rebuilding programme, starting near the West Pier and moving eastwards. The result is brand new properties for small businesses, new public toilets, and a seafront that will stand for years to come.

The Vogue Gyratory has long been one of the most difficult junctions in the city - but, with government funding, we are redesigning the junction to make it safer and simpler.

Government funding has also helped pay for improvements to make Edward Street much more civilised for those that live and work in the area.

These three council schemes are expected to finish shortly.

Meanwhile, the private utility companies are able to dig up the roads whenever they need to - and are responsible for all the other roadworks in the city. Most are done without central planning. As a result, we have sometimes seen the same road dug up, relaid, then dug up again a few weeks later.

Using new powers we have won from government, however, we are introducing a new scheme to better coordinate utility companies’ roadworks to reduce disruption. This will expand on the powers we already use every Christmas to limit non-emergency roadworks.

Whether it is fixing potholes or building a safer road network, these kinds of major projects are essential to make sure that we have the infrastructure needed for our successful, growing city economy.

It is only through investing in our future that we can continue to build the Brighton and Hove of the future and we thank the city's residents for their patience.