The problem of unnecessary and overrunning roadworks is worst in Essex where Mr Francois’s Rayleigh and Wickford seat is.
He and fellow Essex Tory MPs Anna Firth and Vicky Ford met with Mr Holden after the Bill was published.
Mr Holden agreed to take action.
He said: “Mark Francois has hit the nail on the head with his campaign to ‘can the cones’. Delays to road works and the disruption it causes is unacceptable.
“I welcome the proposals contained in Mark’s Roadworks Bill to increase fines on road works that run over time and for greater cooperation between authorities.
“Following my meeting with Mark Francois, Anna Firth and Vicky Ford, I am going to examine the proposals in detail to see what can be done using existing powers and will write to them.”
The Minister will now work with officials within the Department of Transport, to look at how they can incorporate the specifics of the Bill.
In particular, he will focus on the accelleration of roadworks and increasing the fines for those that overrun when digging up our roads, under existing Government legislation and guidance
Commenting on the Minister’s support for the campaign – which is also backed by the AA – Mr Francois said: “I must thank our Roads Minister, Richard Holden MP, for his time on Tuesday and for the very positive way in which he engaged on this issue.
“He was clearly well aware of the great frustration caused to motorists around the country by excessive and overrunning roadworks and has now undertaken to see if he can achieve the spirit of much that is in my Roadworks (Regulation) Bill under existing law and/or DFT guidance.”
He went on: “Along with the other promoters of the Bill, I very much look forward to seeing what the minister comes up with.
“But he has assured me that some positive changes should follow on from all this, which means that drafting the Bill and promoting in Parliament was clearly worthwhile.”
Mr Francois’ Bill sought to give local highways authorities much stronger powers to control the granting of permits to anyone who wanted to dig up the highway network.
The legislation would also mandate highway authorities to take all practicable steps to “deconflict” roadworks in their areas, whilst also materially increasing the fines for roadworks that overrun by up to 10 percent of company turnover for persistent offenders.
Mr Francois wants to end the scourge ofmiles of cones blocking traffic lnes with no roadworks going on and road closures blocking routes for weeks and sometimes months.
His “Can the Cones” campaign was backed by the AA.
Jack Cousens, Head of Roads Policy at the AA said: “We fully support the objectives of the Bill.
“Excessive and overrunning roadworks cause congestion, more emissions, create driver frustration and have a detrimental cost to both the local and the national economy.
“Roadworks are a necessary evil, however, poor standards mean they can easily become a negative experience.
“While Private Members Bills have limited chances of success on their own, we are hopeful that it will be adopted by the Department for Transport.”