This article reports on the very large variation in the ways that local authorites and their agents manage and carry out maintenance work on local roads, and on steps being taken to remedy this situation. The condition of roads in the UK is worse than in 1977, when the National Road Condition Survey began. The announced 2 billion capital programme for local roads over the next 3 years is not considered particularly generous. However, the recent local authority associations' seminar on the revised code of practice for highway maintenance blamed some local authorities as well as the British Government for neglect of local roads. The associations want the new maintenance code implemented within three years, and are pressing their members to meet the efficiency savings identified by the Audit Commission. In February 1990, a more detailed questionnaire was sent to local authorities, asking about implementation progress or plans on each of the code's recommendations and details of financial policies. Hitherto, only a few local authorities have implemented the code fully. While praising the code, the Department of Transport is increasing spending on maintenance of bridges and other structures, while reducing cyclical maintenance.

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  • Authors:
    • BOND, R
  • Publication Date: 1990-2-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 6-7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 173
    • Issue Number: 5081
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606712
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM