Roadwork permit scheme saves over 1,500 days of disruption

Roadworks are essential but annoying and over the past 6 years we’ve been working to a new system which has dramatically reduced the disruption to your journeys.

The Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme was introduced in September 2012 with the aim of reducing the amount of delay and disruption caused by road and street works.

A recent report showed that over a three-year period we’ve been able to save 232 days of disruption by combining requests for the same road by different organisations (usually utilities or us, the council).

The report also shows that the average duration of works was 4.58 days, compared to 5.32 days before the scheme. In total, the changes to the process we use have saved 1,546 days of disruption.

The report has also found that more than 96% of scheduled roadworks started on time, helping to support informed journey choices and journey-time reliability. This means residents and commuters can confidently use the website to check if there are any roadworks planned in their area.

As a result of this scheme there are now 24% less customer enquiries related to street and road works compared to before it was introduced.

Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member responsible for highways said:

“The result of this report demonstrates our commitment to minimising disruption for road users in Kirklees, the scheme allows us to put in place restrictions and look for ways to combine works so that the same stretch of road doesn’t need to be dug up for none-emergency works on more than one occasion”

Want to know more?

More information about the scheme can be found on our website. And if you want to know more about roadworks in Kirklees, read our ‘Your questions answered’ article.




  • I would like to see the information from which this report is based as from my own experience of travelling from Slaithwaite yo Town and the from Town to Deighton have been constantly delayed, particularly on the Manchester Road/ longroyd bridge part of the journey due to ‘essential gas works ‘ which for the main part consisted of one or two workman manning the temporary lights or the pedestrian crossing at Blackmoorfoot Road, resulting in a 20 minute journey taking 50-60 minutes in peak traffic.

  • Well done you BUT must try harder!! Roadworks on Penistone Road from Fenay Bridge onwards. And onwards. And onwards. Where will it all end I ask myself??!!

  • I am pleased to read this and well done. However, it is a pity that there was not some co-ordination with the resurfacing of Huddersfield Road and the gas works in Church Lane , Mirfield. It has been very difficult to get out of the Blake Hall area during the day time with temporary lights on Church Lane being either side of Blake Hall Road and the narrow access in that road furthered narrowed by signage. Good to see that the gas works now seem to be completed.

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