This article examines the advantages of whole-life costing, which could revolutionise road maintenance in the UK. The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is developing a new road maintenance whole-life cost model for the UK's Highways Agency. TRL's model is expected to be applied for the first time in 1996, when whole-life costing is likely to make a major contribution during the next few years. The Highways Agency intends to apply whole-life costing to all its contracts eventually, so that contractors should consider applying it now. In 1996, the Agency will provide 510 million pounds for capital expenditure on maintenance work, of which 360 million will be for carriageway work and 150 million for bridge work. The bridge maintenance programme aims to: (1) maintain bridges as they are; (2) upgrade structures by improving parapet rails, etc.; and (3) strengthen structures, especially where they must carry heavier lorries. The Agency's drive to improve maintenance techniques and technology will have many applications to bridges. Carriageway design is also improving continually. Maintenance technologies seem likely to progress rapidly with the introduction of Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) road contracts.

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  • Authors:
    • ROSKROW, B
  • Publication Date: 1994-9-28


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 21-4
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    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-7859

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  • Accession Number: 00725468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM