CIHT has undertaken a review of the local highway network that has looked at issues associated with the funding, governance, and operation of the network. The local highway network is a key enabler for local growth: but public satisfaction is low and this has become not just a local but a national concern.
Improving Local Highways — the Route to a Better Future will be launched in early March. More details will be available soon.
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CIHT has been engaging (May 2019) with the sector and would like to thanks the UK Roads Liaison Group, TAG and ADEPT, the IHE, HTMA and ACE for taking time to listen to and feedback on the emerging recommendations.
There are risks to safety from failing assets from flood risk to the economic impacts from congestion.
However, there is a foundation on which to build from. The industry has seen major reforms over the last five years, with the establishment of Highways England. This has seen the establishment of a new regulatory function for the highway network with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), a five year funding settlement through the Road Investment Strategy (RIS), and Transport Focus that represents the interests of road users. More recently the Government is looking to take forward the Major Road Network.
So change is possible, and CIHT is looking to influence government in its consideration of providing sustainable solutions for the future delivery of local highways maintenance and solving the pothole predicament.
CIHT will explore a range of options, including some which are more radical than the current arrangements and emphasis on operational best practice. The project seeks to explore more radical transformation in management, funding, accountability and control.
One key input to the review was to get views from the industry. We will be publishing the results of the survey as part of the final project report
The initial findings from the project were reported at the CIHT Annual Conference in March 2019.
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