01 July 2013

Northamptonshire residents and commuters will be better informed when encountering road works from now on thanks to the use of new information signs.

Local electricity distributor Western Power Distribution (WPD) and utility services contractor Morrison Utility Services (MUS) have designed five new signs in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council for whenever they are carrying out electricity work in the county.

What do the signs do?

The five signs will explain reasons for the work, such as ‘Electricity Cable Works’ for planned cable laying works or ‘Emergency Works – Cable Fault’ which will be deployed when reacting to unplanned incidents on the electricity network.

Cllr Michael Clarke county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment said: “I think we all understand that work needs to take place on the highways but frustrations arise when it is unclear exactly what is going on.

“For me, these signs go some way to helping people understand that essential work is taking place.

“We’d like to thank WPD and MUS for working with us to help notify people of works on the highway.”

Craig Rankin, WPD’s distribution manager for Northampton, said: “We hope that the new signs will help the public understand why the work is taking place, as it can be frustrating when encountering delays or inconvenience caused by road works.”

Phil Norton, MUS operations manager, said: “Northamptonshire is the first place where the new signs have been introduced, but we plan to expand this into other areas.”