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Traffic Management Act 2004

Section 49:Notices of street works

128.Section 49 rectifies some problems with the giving of advance notices by undertakers under sections 54 and 55 of NRSWA. Subsection (1) amends subsection (3) of section 54 of the 1991 Act. It provides that the advance notice under section 54 must contain the date when the works are intended to start and such other information as may be prescribed. It also inserts a new subsection (4A) into section 54. This requires that if an undertaker does not submit before this start date a further notice, required nearer to the time of works under section 55, then it must supply the authority with a further notice. This notice will contain such information as may be prescribed. Subsection (1) also inserts a new subsections (4B) and (4C) into section 54 which provides that if works have not substantially begun within a prescribed period after the proposed start date in a section 54 advance notice, then the notice ceases to have effect, meaning the proposed works cannot lawfully begin. If the undertaker still wishes to carry out the works, he will have to start the process of giving advance notice all over again. Different periods may be prescribed for different descriptions of works.

129.Subsection (2) inserts new subsections (8) and (9) into section 55 of NRSWA to provide that if a notice becomes invalid under section 55 then an undertaker must provide a further notice containing such information as may be prescribed. If the undertaker fails to provide this further notice he commits a criminal offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 fine on the standard scale (£2,500). Subsection (3) amends section 93, to make similar provision in respect of works affecting level crossings or tramways.

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