It’s been two years since the Department for Transport (DfT) fired the starting gun on the roll-out of new lane-rental schemes across England and Wales. The new schemes give local authorities powers to charge utility companies significant sums of up to £2,500 per day for carrying out street works on busy roads at peak times. […]
HAUC(UK) has announced its Annual Convention which takes places online on 19th and 20th May 2021. The theme is ‘Facing Change Together’. HAUC(UK)’s role in helping government to deliver ambitious targets has become even more important as the UK maps a way out of the turbulence caused by COVID-19. Right across government, there is increasing […]
Following the announcement from TfL stating that London’s Lane Rental Scheme is to be updated and expanded from May this year, Clive Bairsto CBE, Chief Executive of Street Works UK has made this statement: “Street Works UK is disappointed with TfL’s decision to proceed with many of its proposed updates to its Lane Rental Scheme, […]
Following the announcement of the Environment Agency’s Regulatory Position Statement 211 extension to June 2022, Clive Bairsto, CEO of Street Works UK has responded with this statement: “I welcome the Environment Agency’s decision to extend RPS 211 as part of Street Works UK’s ongoing development of a protocol for utility excavated waste. The extension is […]
Street Works UK has today published a summary from November’s Conference and Awards. Conference was held virtually on Zoom on Tuesday 24th November, Wednesday 25th November and Thursday 27th November. Award winners were announced via Twitter on Friday 28th November. The summary explores the key contributions and themes from each session. In addition, all of the videos from November’s Conference […]
The Highways Authority and Utilities Committee (HAUC UK) has launched the HAUC(UK) app which will give individuals and organisations instant access to safety checklists, the current version of the ‘Red Book’ and the latest industry safety alerts and messages, including COVID-19 guidance whether they’re working in the office or in the field. More importantly it […]
Balfour Beatty’s Tom Lambert, Associate Director at Street Works UK, writes about the importance of associate and affiliate members to the trade association, and the importance of ensuring safety remains a key priority following COVID-19. Street Works UK is the voice of industry, providing members with expert advice on best practice and representing the views of our […]
We are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Works UK Awards, following today’s virtual ceremony via social media. The Street Works UK Awards are a fixture of the street works calendar, and give members an opportunity to showcase examples of industry innovation and celebrate best practice. The list of categories and their winners are: Congratulations to […]
The Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC (UK)) has published a five-year Vision for Street and Road Works in the UK. Across government, there is wide and increasing recognition of the vital role that street and road works will play in the delivery of the UK’s infrastructure priorities. To turn these plans into reality, Street Works […]
Street Works UK is pleased to announce that registration to attend the Street Works UK Conference 2020 is now open. The Street Works UK Conference is an annual event which brings together members from across the utilities sector, their contracting and supplier partners and local and national government. Taking place virtually over three days, our […]
Virgin Media’s Nigel Myers writes about the work of the organisation during Covid-19, and discusses how collaboration should be at the heart of the post-Covid recovery. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on large sections of our society, with implications far greater than anyone could have imagined. The telecommunications sector is no different, and we […]
Street Works UK is pleased to officially launch the Street Works UK Awards 2020 with nominations now open. The Street Works UK Awards has become a fixture in the street works calendar, and will once again showcase examples of industry innovation and celebrate best practice. Nominations are now open for the 2020 Awards in the […]
Today marks the go-live date of Street Manager. Street Works UK is pleased to have been involved in the development and now implementation of the new system, and we look forward to working with the Department for Transport and authorities to ensure a smooth transition for all of our members. Chief Executive Clive Bairsto CBE […]
Street Works UK hosted its first ever webinar last week, where our industry panel answered your questions on the future priorities for our sector. At its peak, we were delighted to welcome 49 representatives from across our membership who helped participate in a thought-provoking and wide-ranging discussion. Chaired by our Chief Executive, Clive Bairsto CBE, […]
Following extensive work by Street Works UK, the Environment Agency (EA) has agreed to Street Works UK’s recent request to extend RPS 211 in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Official confirmation on the extension has been issued by the EA. Responding to the announcement, Street Works UK Chief Executive Clive Bairsto said: “I am delighted that the Environment […]
Clive Bairsto CBE, Chief Executive of Street Works UK, has given his thoughts on how the street works sector has risen to the challenge of COVID-19. As I write this, large swathes of our nation are unable to leave their homes as COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on the way we conduct our […]
HAUC England has published Government-endorsed guidance on street works, and advice to practitioners on operating responsibly to help control the spread of COVID-19. Street Works UK is pleased to have taken a leading role in developing this guidance to help ensure our members can continue to undertake vital works that benefits the whole nation. The document, agreed by the Department […]
Chief Executive of Street Works UK Clive Bairsto CBE has given his reaction to the government’s passing of regulations to delay the go-live date for Street Manager until 1st July 2020: “I am pleased to see that the Department for Transport has today delayed the implementation of Street Manager until 1st July 2020. This will provide […]
Street Works UK Chief Executive Clive Bairsto CBE has provided the following update on the ongoing COVID-19 situation and its impact on the sector: It’s clear that the ongoing COVID-19 situation is impacting business operations. Yet over the last few days as I have spoken to colleagues from across the sector, I’ve been amazed by […]
Street Works UK is happy to announce that it will be returning to Welford Road Stadium, Leicester for the 2020 Annual Conference. The Conference will be taking place on Wednesday 18th November 2020. Further details, including on tickets, will be announced in due course.
Chief Executive Clive Bairsto CBE gives his thoughts on the drive towards net zero, and what it will mean for the street works industry: “As we enter a new decade, it’s clear that decarbonisation is a top priority for our country. The government has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and this week, […]
Our Chief Executive, Clive Bairsto CBE has responded to comments made yesterday in the House of Commons by Minister for Digital and Broadband Delivery Matt Warman MP: “It is very pleasing to see that street works was an item on the agenda at yesterday’s broadband summit in Downing Street. There is a growing recognition of […]
Our Chief Executive Clive Bairsto CBE looks back at 2019, and gives his thoughts on the upcoming year for the street works industry: Last year was a truly transformative year for our industry at the Street Works level. Our members excelled as the builders of our nation’s infrastructure, continuing to deliver high quality works which benefit consumers across […]
Here are a selection of photos from last week’s annual Conference and Awards, held at Welford Road, Leicester. For access to the full gallery, please visit the members’ portal.
Our Chief Executive Clive Bairsto CBE has given his thoughts on the 2019 Street Works UK Conference and Awards: “I thought that last week’s 2019 Street Works UK Conference and Awards showcased the very best of a hardworking sector, bringing together leaders and key figures from across industry and notable media to discuss a series of pertinent and critical issues facing our members over these next two […]
Street Works UK is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Awards, following yesterday’s ceremony at Welford Road, Leicester. The Awards – kindly sponsored by Virgin Media, United Utilities and Skewb – celebrates achievement, innovation and collaboration in the industry, with a particular focus on driving more effective street works with consumers and road […]
Street Works UK is pleased to announce the shortlist for the Street Works UK Awards 2019. This year’s Awards – kindly sponsored by Virgin Media, United Utilities and Skewb – will celebrate the achievement, innovation and collaboration in the industry, with a particular focus on driving more effective street works with consumers and road users in […]
Our Chief Executive Clive Bairsto has given his thoughts on the recent passage of the Transport Bill in Scotland: “The Transport (Scotland) Bill was successfully passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this month, and I believe this showcased the very best of collaborative working. That’s not to say that we did not have disagreements with […]
Street Works UK is pleased to officially launch the Street Works UK Awards 2019 with nominations now open! The Awards are the industry’s premier evening focused on celebrating success and excellence in the street works sector. Members can nominate their organisation for a range of new and returning categories which cover: Project of the Year […]
Clive Bairsto, Chief Executive of Street Works UK said: “We welcome the Department for Transport’s consultation on the SROH Code of Practice. Utilities and their contractor partners are committed to undertaking work to the highest standards, with the latest published figures showing that the performance of utilities is significantly higher than local authorities in relation […]
Ahead of the Street Works UK Conference and Awards next week, Chief Executive, Clive Bairsto CBE, previews the Conference and writes about his highlights of the year. The thing that has struck me the most during my first six months in post is the scale of quality work our members are delivering on a daily […]
As government considers how the UK can become a zero-emissions leader, Street Works UK’s Chief Executive Clive Bairsto writes about how to deliver the necessary infrastructure to support electric vehicles. The UK is proudly at the forefront of the international drive towards reducing carbon emissions, and this week Birmingham will host the world’s first zero […]
Street Works UK’s Chief Executive comments on the publication of Lane rental scheme guidance and the Street Manager Project and calls for greater collaboration between industry, government and local authorities. Street works policy is facing unprecedented levels of change. Over the last 12 months there have been a significant number of government initiatives introduced, with […]
Clive Bairsto, Chief Executive of Street Works UK, the trade association for utilities and their contractor partners said: “Street Works UK supports in principle all efforts to encourage works to take place in the footway rather than the carriageway where that is technically possible. Utility companies and their contractor partners are strongly committed to minimising […]
Street Works UK has today announced the appointment of Clive Bairsto CBE as its new Chief Executive. Clive takes over on Wednesday 25th April from Bob Gallienne, who is retiring after nearly five years at the helm. Following a distinguished military career, Clive joins Street Works UK as an experienced business leader with a background […]
Street Works UK will be attending Utility Week Live 2018, where we will have a stall and our members will be involved in several of the sessions and panels. Held at the NEC in Birmingham on the 22-23 May 2018, Utility Week Live 2018 will explore disruption themes in relation to water – retail and wholesale […]
Street Works UK – the trade association for utilities and their contractor partners on street works issues – has today announced two new Directors, who will bring fresh industry expertise to the association’s board to help push for recognition of the importance of street works in delivering the nations infrastructure. Paula Steer, Director of Operational […]
Chief Executive of Street Works UK, Bob Gallienne, has written for Utility Week about the Department for Transport’s decision to expand lane rental across the country. Bob explains that lane rental schemes will make it harder and more expensive to deliver desperately needed infrastructure, and that effective monitoring will be necessary to ensure schemes do […]
Responding to the Department for Transport’s response to the consultation on lane rental, Chief Executive of Street Works UK, Bob Gallienne said: “It is disappointing that the Government has decided to extend lane rental without any clear evidence that it reduces congestion. We support initiatives to reduce congestion but we believe this approach is a […]
Case studies detailing the good practice of the winners of the Street Works UK Awards 2017 have now been published. Read on to the categories below for an overview of the winners, and details of how to access the full studies. Innovation Excellence Award This award is aimed at an organisation, individual or team […]
The Street Works UK Awards have become a fixture in the street works industry calendar and have once again showcased examples of industry innovation and best practice, with the aim of encouraging practices that drive up standards and reduce disruption. The awards also recognised a number of individuals who have showed an outstanding contribution to […]
Responding to the Autumn Budget, Chief Executive of Street Works UK, Bob Gallienne said: “Street Works UK welcomes the announcements in this Budget to boost economic growth, improve productivity, and deliver new services through investment in infrastructure. In particular we welcome polices to increase housebuilding, invest in electric vehicle charging, and develop 5G and full-fibre […]
New technologies which allow utilities and their contractors to replace underground cables without needing to dig up the road; mapping the location and condition of underground pipes; and directing traffic remotely via cameras in temporary traffic lights were among those innovations which have won accolades at the Street Works UK Awards 2017. The winners of […]
Manchester Congestion Conversation Street Works UK has responded to Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham’s, “Congestion Conversation”. The response argued that Manchester’s unified permit scheme, the Greater Manchester Road Activities Programme (GMRAPS), has been somewhat successful in allowing utilities to operate effectively across the city and in coordinating works. It argued further measures to move works must take account of the […]
Additional cost and time burdens may reduce commercial investment in key infrastructure such as superfast broadband Utility bills may rise as the costs of street works are ultimately borne by customers Congestion unlikely to reduce as authorities already have powers to coordinate works, but often fail to use them Local authority road works will not […]
Chief Executive of Street Works UK, Bob Gallienne, has appeared on ITV News to discuss freedom of information requests made by ITV which showed that road and street works had overrun by 23,636 days last year. Bob said that only 2 per cent of utility street works overran, while the underground assets they enable improve […]
The National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) has now become Street Works UK. The relaunch also saw the unveiling of a new strapline: Connecting communities, Enabling growth. This reflects the value that street works add to consumers and the wider UK economy by maintaining, upgrading and building new infrastructure. The new identity will more clearly reflect […]
The National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on “improving the quality of roadworks” (published 20th July). The government’s proposals contain a number of positive measures to improve the quality of road works which NJUG welcomes, including the introduction of quality plans and the focus on greater consistency between utilities […]
NJUG is pleased to announce that Roads Minister Jesse Norman will be speaking at our Annual Conference 2017 on 17th October at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. He will be discussing the Department for Transport’s plans for lane rental schemes and there will time for questions from delegates. We have also today published the full conference agenda, detailing the […]
The National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) has today responded to the Department for Transport’s proposals and consultation on lane rental schemes (published 2nd September). NJUG Chief Executive Bob Gallienne: “Utilities companies are delivering the infrastructure that the UK needs to drive up productivity, create economic growth and deliver on government’s priorities such as broadband and […]
Registration is now open for the NJUG Annual Conference on the 17th October in Birmingham. To register for a ticket, please RSVP to our Eventbrite for the conference here. We are excited to be hosting our Annual Conference at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham this year with a full day featuring keynote speeches from high profile political guests, speakers […]
We are proud to announce that submissions for the Street Works UK Awards 2017 are now open! The award categories and criteria can be found here, and the award submission form can be downloaded here. All submissions should be sent to our awards email address and the deadline for submissions will be Friday 29th September 2017. For any queries, please do not hesitate […]
NJUG has responded to the government’s housing white paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market. The paper contains recommendations that government review the coordination of housing development and utilities. NJUG’s response makes the general point that utilities need a supportive regulatory and cost environment to deliver the government’s programme by investing in UK infrastructure. In addition, some of […]
NJUG has responded to government consultations on: The Modern Industrial Strategy Green Paper Defra’s Strategic Policy Statement to Ofwat 2017 The responses were used to highlight the value of street works to the UK economy, and the role they play in delivering key infrastructure.
NJUG is very pleased to announce that Steve Fraser, Managing Director of United Utilities, and Richard Walsh, Public Affairs Manager, National Grid Gas Distribution, have joined the NJUG Board. In addition, Tom Ward of Oliver Legal, has been appointed as Company Secretary.
Anita Solanki recently delivered a presentation through her role as NJUG Associates Director at an event organised by Westminster Briefing. The event focused on Local Authority Highways Maintenance: Delivering Cost-Effective Improvements. The event which took place on 15 February had attendees from several councils around England and Managing Directors from Supply Chain partners. Anita’s presentation […]
By Steve Burley, from Anglian Water, and Robert Hudlestone, from Network Rail, HAUC(UK) Training and Accreditation Working Group Chairs The Training and Accreditation working Group (TAG) is undertaking a large amount of work at the moment and you may be interested to hear of its current activities. The group had anecdotal feedback about issues with the current set-up of the street works training and […]
Street Works UK Awards The Street Works UK Awards are held annually at the House of Commons, and have become a fixture in the utility street works and Parliamentary calendars. The Awards showcase examples of industry innovation with the aim of driving up standards and reducing disruption. Following the Awards, the winning entries are turned […]
NJUG Awards 2016 winners announced in Parliament sponsored by The winners were unveiled on the 16th November at the 2016 NJUG Awards ceremony held in Parliament. The event was hosted by the Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Louise Ellman MP, with Andrew Jones MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at […]
After careful deliberation, the independent judges have announced the shortlist for the 2016 NJUG Awards: Safety Morrison Utility Services – Tackling Lone Worker Dangers in Street Works. Balfour Beatty/South West Water Delivery Alliance – Sight Specific Initiative. Avoiding Damage to Underground Assets LinesearchbeforeUdig – Increasing the accessibility and visibility of utility assets […]
The NJUG Awards are being held this year on Wednesday 16th November 2016 in the Members’ Dining Room in the House of Commons from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. The NJUG Awards have become a fixture in the utility street works and Parliamentary calendars and will once again showcase examples of industry innovation and best practice, with the […]
The National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) published their revised NJUG Vision for Street Works at their seventh annual Awards in Parliament last week, which saw speeches from Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP and Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee. The revised Vision updates NJUG’s 2010 Vision for Street Works and sharpens NJUG’s […]
NJUG’s latest event “Delivering the Vision Day” was held on 14th May 2014 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. This NEW one day event was designed for Senior Directors, Operations and Procurement Personnel from Utility and Contractor companies with an interest in innovation in all aspects of street and […]
NJUG has worked closely with the Local Government Association and Joint Authority Group (JAG(UK)) colleagues, Transport for London, the British Chambers of Commerce and the Association of Convenience Stores to develop this joint-pledge, which is based on five key principles – co-operation; communication; quality; safety and impact reduction
I am delighted to be introducing this Update “Delivering for Customers and You – NJUG The Story So Far”, which is designed to show you how collectively NJUG’s members – utility companies, their contractors and affiliates – are working hard to deliver safe, reliable and secure gas, water, electricity and communications services, whilst continually improving standards and minimising the disruption which can arise from these essential works.
The NJUG London Street Works Forum, ‘Rise to the Challenge of the Mayor of London to Raise the Standard of Street Works and Reduce Congestion & Disruption’, kindly sponsored by Enzen Global Ltd, UK Power Networks and Mayrise Ltd, took place on Thursday 28th March 2013 at the Tower of London. The event was well […]
On Tuesday 19th March NJUG attended the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) Utility Street Works Seminar 2013. It was an informative and well-attended conference with some interesting speakers and exhibitors. Les Guest, CEO of NJUG presented the challenges and successes of utilities street works, highlighting improved NJUG performance data on overstay charges, first time reinstatements […]
Research carried out by YouGov for the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has discovered that badly maintained local roads are costing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) £5 billion a year in wasted staff time, production delays, increased fuel consumption and vehicle damage repairs. 60% of survey respondents said the condition of local roads had deteriorated over […]
The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its official response to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on the Deregulation of Street Works Qualifications. Following concerns raised during the consultation process (which NJUG responded to), the government has decided not to proceed with proposals to remove the current requirement for street works operatives and supervisors […]
The LGA Summit took place on 14th March 2013. This summit was called by Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) Economy and Transport Board following the publication of the LGA Report “Holes in Our Pockets – How Utility Works are Damaging Local Growth”. Invitations to the summit were sent to many […]
NJUG has submitted its final response to the DCMS Broadband Cabinets Consultation. You can view NJUG’s response here.
Please note that NJUG has submitted its final response to the South East Common Permit Scheme Consultation. Please follow this link to read the response in full.
NJUG has announced its shortlist for the forthcoming NJUG Awards, which takes place in the Houses of Parliament on 20th November 2012. Click here to read the press release.
Morrison Utility Services are the latest NJUG member to sign up to the HAUC(UK) Code of Conduct.
Greater Manchester Permit Scheme is latest scheme to be approved by Transport Minister Norman Baker MP. Click here to view the DfT’s press release
The following consultation exercises have been launched on the 13th July 2012 on the Transport Scotland website: Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Roads – June 2012 Code of Practice for the Co-ordination of Works in Roads – June 2012
The NJUG 2012 Awards has now been launched and is open for entries! Click here to read more and to download an entry form. Click here to view the press release launching the Awards.
Full details of this year’s NJUG Awards will be available soon.
A link to the DfT’s press release, which includes a quote from Transport Minister Norman Baker MP, can be found here.
London has become the first city in the UK to charge utility companies for the amount of time that they dig up the Capital’s busiest roads. Click here to view TfL’s press release.
The Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme went live on June 12th 2012. Click here.
J. Murphy & Sons Ltd have signed up to the HAUC(UK) Code of Conduct Click here to view there sign up letter.
May Gurney are the latest NJUG member to sign up to the HAUC(UK) Code of Conduct. Click here to view their sign up letter
The DfT has annouced that it plans to increase the charges that utilities pay for overruning works. Click here to view DfT announcement Click here to view NJUG press release
Following the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, the DfT is now consulting on the proposed revocation of the Training and Accreditation regulations Click here to view the consultation
Please note that HAUC(UK) have now published a Good Practice Guide to Implementing a Structured Coring Programme. Click here to view the document in full
National Grid are the latest NJUG member to sign up to the HAUC(UK) Code of Conduct.
Following the consultation undertaken by Transport Scotland, to which NJUG responded, revisions were made to the Scottish Code of Practice for the Co-ordination of Works in Roads. The final version has now been published on the Commissioner’s website. The Code of Practice will also be published by Transport Scotland, along with the Consultation Report, on […]
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