17 March 2015

DCLG announces public noticing pilot in highways sector

DCLG has announced its joint public and private sector pilots “to help make statutory notices fit for the future” and North Yorkshire County Council, with the support of several other LAs, has been successful with its bid to transform transport public noticing in the highways sector.

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Technology partner Elgin along with two of the largest newspaper groups in the country, Johnston Press and Newsquest, will work with North Yorkshire to model the future of highways noticing.  The pilot focuses on temporary Traffic Regulation Orders and the consultation process around changes to permanent TROs, and will cover notice creation, real-time publication to the web, local newspaper sites and SatNav services.  The project will conclude by building a business model for how the pilot can be scaled nationally, in consultation with other Local Authorities in the Elgin and local newspaper national networks.

Welcoming this initiative, North Yorkshire County Council’s David Hunt said,

"North Yorkshire is delighted to be participating in this DCLG pilot.  It gives us the opportunity to experiment with 21st century technologies and to work creatively with local media partners to reach more people and more communities with real-time transport notices."

And Elgin Chairman Shane O’Neill commented,

"This is a great opportunity to work cooperatively with North Yorkshire and two of the largest local newspaper groups in the country. The results of the pilot will be mapped across other Local Authorities across the country. In this way we can see the benefits scaled nationally and give Ministers in the new Parliament a better evidence base on which to base future public notices policy."

Further details about DCLG’s public notices pilot may be found here.



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