GWS online road-opening licensing workshops announced

The NFGWS and Roads Management Office (RMO) will be hosting workshops for group water schemes on Tuesday 30th of November (10am) and Thursday 2nd of December (2:30pm) to brief them on changes to the road-opening licensing system (ROL).

Schemes are reminded to keep their MapRoad Licencing account both active and compliant so as to be in a position to apply for licences. They should also ensure that their insurances are in date. No insurance, no licence.

Licensing should be progressed right through to completion/closeout. If for any reason the ROL is no longer required, or was not completed within the timeframe, then it should be removed from the system.

Waiting list

Whereas evidence of being on a booking/waitlist for training has been acceptable since October 2020, schemes are being advised that this will no longer be acceptable from the 1st of January 2022. Evidence that training has been completed will, instead, be required.

GWSs must ensure that they have someone (a committee member/employee of the GWS or a subcontractor) who has completed both the Basic and Advance Trench Reinstatement training.

The individual who has completed the Advance Trench Reinstatement training will also need to be appointed (or associated) as the Approved Certifier on the GWS account in order to progress any ROL to the ‘Sign Off’ stage: T5.

Details of the Approved Certifier must be emailed to the RMO at for verification and role activation. The email is

Please contact your local NFGWS development officer if you are interested in attending the upcoming road-opening licensing workshops.

This article originally featured in the autumn edition of the Rural Water News magazine. To read the full edition and to sign up to our magazine mailing list, click here.