We are developing a new scheme for managing roadworks carried out by utility companies in the city.
Utility companies include gas, electricity, water and telecommunications providers.
Under the current arrangements, utility companies wishing to carry out works have to inform us of their plans.
The companies have to provide a required notice period but we have little control over the timing or the duration of those works.
New arrangements will mean that in future companies will be required to arrange time to work on the highways network by applying to us for a permit in advance.
Special arrangements would apply in the event of emergency works being needed.
Similar arrangements to give councils greater control over roadworks in their areas have are already in place in many other parts of the country.
We are working with neighbouring North East councils to develop a scheme in our area following a request from government.
It will allow for better coordination and management of roadworks, which should help to reduce disruption and ensure more accurate information is available for road users about work on the highway.