Local authorities in the North East have dished out hundreds of thousands of pounds in fines for overrunning roadworks.
Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by the Chronicle revealed the penalties issued by councils for the late running works that cause gridlock on the region’s roads.
The data showed that in the last financial year Newcastle City Council imposed 38 fines totalling £232,000.
In 2017/18 the city dished out 47 fines, but the overall total was much lower at £45,400.
Last financial year Northumbrian Water payed the largest individual fine to the city - £174,000.
Works on Denton Road that went over by more than a month caused the water company to pick up the mammoth bill.
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