Frequently asked questions
You have said that my road will be closed. Will I still be able to get in and out of my property?
Yes, the majority of the time you will be able to. When the road is closed, staff on-site will be able to make sure that you can get through safely.
If we are working directly outside your property, we will do everything we can to make sure that you still get in when you want to. However if, for example, we are digging up the road or path right outside your property, there may be periods of around 15 to 20 minutes when you may temporarily not be able to get in or out.
What about access for other services, including emergency services?
We notify the emergency services, local bus operators and councils for bin collections. If an emergency vehicle needs to get in, access would immediately be made available.
I run a business – how will people know if it is open?
We know it's important customers are aware businesses are open, so where appropriate we will put up notices or display signs saying "Businesses open as usual".
Will the works be noisy?
The nature of roadworks and the equipment that we use means that works can be noisy. We will do everything we can to keep noise to the minimum possible.
Will works definitely start on the date shown on the information boards on-site and on one.network?
We plan roadworks in advance, so to take into account bad weather or other delays, we give dates that cover the range of days that we could be on site (with a few extra days planned in just in case). If we need to make major changes to the dates of works, we will update the information boards on sites.
Why is there a long diversion in place?
When we close a road and put a diversion in place, it needs to be a route that can be accessed by all shapes and sizes of vehicles. We make the diversion as clear as possible, but people may choose to use other local roads. Read more about diversion routes for road closures.
The works have finished. Why have signs and barriers been left behind?
Sometimes we need to leave sites with barriers around them so that new surfaces can finish drying off. Often our teams are scheduled to collect the signs at a later date. Occasionally we may leave signs behind by mistake. If you do see them more than two weeks after we have finished, give us a call on 0345 606 6171 and we will come and collect them.
I run a business - can I claim compensation for loss of business
There is no statutory provision for compensation from loss of business or additional costs incurred caused by roadworks, or other disruptions on the highway. Businesses should acquire relevant business interruption insurance to cover such losses.