At CIHT’s Annual Conference, Matthew Lugg, President, CIHT outlined the latest developments for the improving local roads review. Matthew said: “Improving Local Highways is starting to provide a framework for government on how we can provide sustainable solutions to change the way we deliver local highway maintenance. We must improve the proliferation of pot-holes we see across the UK and improve the delivery of our transport services to people.” “The review is highlighting real opportunities for us to look at how we can change the way we not only deliver and maintain local highway roads but also how we can operate as a sustainable sector in the future.”
The review up to date has included a survey responded to by over 150 representatives of the highways and transportation sector.
The key themes that have come out of the review are:
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1) Why improve the Local Highway Network?
The LHN accounts for 98% of England’s total road length, carries around two-thirds of all traffic, virtually all walking and cycling trips and most of the taxi and bus traffic.
Government acknowledges the importance of the LHN, but often seems unclear on how to tackle the challenges it faces.
Public perception is low and its poor condition leads to safety issues and claims for personal and property damage.
The LHN is complex, its full benefits are not understood and therefore it is not managed or funded appropriately
98% of our survey thought it would be useful to change our approach and there was an opportunity to consider alongside reforms to the Strategic Road Network and Major Road Network.
2) We require a better understanding of what we have and what is needed
This is not just about roads, but we need improved data on condition for footways, cycleways, drainage, structures and carriageways. This would assist us in identifying the clarity of the investment need and its timescales.
3) What we need to change: Change the way we fund the LHN
4) What we need to change: Change how we understand condition
5) What we need to change: Change how we organise looking after the LHN
There are opportunities to create more efficient & effective highway authorities by
Review the Highways Act 1980
Review NRSWA legislation
Recent technical press coverage on the announcement can be found below.