This article explains the proposals of the Local Government Association (LGA) for a better managed, more consistent approach to highway maintenance in the UK. The current technical, political, and organisational climate presents a unique opportunity to deliver this approach. The Government's new Local Government Bill outlines its proposed arrangements for its new besst value approach, which will affect all areas of local authority provision. Best value will be especially relevant to highway maintenance for several reasons. Previously, there has been no satisfactory policy to correct the perceived poor condition of many roads and footways. In December 1999, the Audit Commission introduced a new performance indicator for structural maintenance on main roads. The annual National Road Maintenance Condition Service has too little detail, and should perform better with best value. Performance review will need re-assessment. The article also discusses: (1) the importance of highway condition assessment systems; (2) the Highway Maintenance Code of Practice of the Local Authority Associations; (3) the institutional framework within which highway maintenance is conducted in the UK; and (4) the proposal to establish a new Project Partnership Board, representing all key road maintenance stakeholders.

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    Alad Limited

    P.O. Box 135
    Sutton, Surrey  United Kingdom  SM2 7JP
  • Authors:
    • DOWD, M
  • Publication Date: 2000-3


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00793753
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2000 12:00AM