There are two things that happen in the UK around this time of year whenever the sun comes out.
The first is the prevalence of drop-top cars on our roads.
As a major market for convertibles, seeing Mazda MX-5s, Renault Megane CCs and Fiat 500Cs cruising the streets is a common sight.
However, the second thing is less welcome. Road works tend to make travelling in the summer a chore wherever they pop up, and although essential maintenance, there is often the age-old grumble that there are days when the lines of holes, bollards and lights are lying unused while traffic queues for miles.
Luckily, this could be a thing of the past, because Secretary of State for Transport has revealed £1 million funding to improve the speed of road works in the UK and put forward the idea of a lane rental scheme.
The lane rental scheme is particularly interesting because it involves charging utilities companies to ‘rent’ the lanes by the day.
This will encourage utilities companies to complete the road works as quickly as possible to cut their own costs. This, along with improvements to road surfacing methods could go a long way towards reducing the road works woes in the UK.
Hammond said: “Everyone knows how frustrating the delays caused by road works can be, which is why we want utilities and local authorities to be able to make the most of the technology available to help keep disruption to a minimum."
But it isn’t just Hammond supporting the scheme, Mayor of London Boris Johnson is backing it, and he is never short of a good quote.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“Having a lane rental scheme in London will hugely contribute towards clearing unnecessary disruption from the capital’s roads. Every company working on our roads wants to do so in the most cost effective way possible and lane rental will give them the clearest incentive to do so," he said: "But this is not about penalising utility companies. We want to help them work as efficiently as they can, which is why we will pay for the research of new technology so that they are able to carry out work as swiftly and with as little disruption as possible.”
The scheme could arrive as early as last year, and hopefully it will be the first steps towards those drop-top drivers enjoying the UK roads a little bit more.