East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming new government proposals to enable councils to charge utility companies by the hour for road works which cause traffic disruption.

Successful trials of ‘lane rental’ in London have seen congestion fall by more than 50%. The plans follow figures just released which show unnecessary delays on our roads cost the economy £4bn a year.

Sir Greg said: “These charges would encourage utility companies to avoid both busy routes and times and will also encourage companies to work together to avoid the same stretch of road being repeatedly ripped up. Most significantly it will also get the job done more quickly”.

“This will cut congestion, reduce journey times and reduce emissions caused by long tailbacks”.

Sir Greg added, “It is my hope that at the end of the day councils will not raise too much extra money through this, but that road works will be completed faster and at less busy times”.

The Local Government Association welcomed the proposals and said it was “delighted”.

If approved by Parliament the proposals will come into effect by 2019.