Street works are necessary to provide and maintain utility and transport services, but can be disruptive to road users.
Road works are different from street works. They are works carried out to repair or improve the highway including footways, pavements and street lighting.
Diversionary works are when a highway authority thinks that improvement works (often major improvements) are needed, and therefore undertakers’ apparatus running under a highway may need to be diverted.
Contracting out highways maintenance and street works
2012 regulations outline that when utilities are planning works they must agree with the highway authority on how long it will reasonably take to complete them. If they take longer than this, the highway authority may impose an ‘overrun charge’, so utilities are incentivised to complete their works on time.