A “TRAFFIC-BUSTING” computer system aimed at co-ordinating roadworks with projects carried out by utility firms has been launched in Eidenburgh.
City leaders plan to spend a record £20 million on road and pavement repairs during the next financial year – compared to a recent average of £5m.
Amid fears the massive increase in roadworks could see Edinburgh’s road network grind to a halt, transport officials are now using a computer programme to plot out the measures. They are working with utility companies to determine where they also intend to carry out similar works next year.
The GIS programme enables the council to identify areas of overlap between construction schemes and iron out any potential problems.
City transport leader Andrew Burns said: ”
It is essential we carefully plot not only our own planned programme of works but also those of utility companies to ensure no one area of Edinburgh is over-burdened by improvements at a given time.”
Tory transport spokesman Allan Jackson said: “There has been major disruption throughout the city when utility companies repeatedly dig up roads so anything that can streamline this has to be welcomed.”
The section of the High Street between the Lawnmarket and The Tron is set to be reconstructed next Spring because it is has deteriorated since a £4.5m re-vamp in 1996.
Edinburgh City Council is taking legal action against landscape architects Page and Park and project managers Bovis after the road allegedly began to sink into the ground.