LOCAL ROADS AND PATHWAYS FIFTH REPORT OF SESSION 2002-3 VOL. 1 REPORT, TOGETHER WITH FORMAL MINUTES

While local roads and pathways are used daily by everybody, their maintenance in the UK has been underfunded. One third of all funding is spent on temporary patch and mend maintenance and large sums are spent on compensation to injured people. While extra funding has been found for trunk roads, safe, well-lit and long lasting local roads are also important. Tackling the maintenance backlog is hampered by private utility roadworks. Improved performance by local authorities and better co-ordinaion with utility companies is considered necessary. The proposed introduction of traffic managers to eliminate the causes of congestion is considered questionable, particularly if the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and utility customers are ignored. Minor rural roads and footways are in serious need of repair, the Highway Departments of many local authorities have been decimated, and the target to eliminate the backlog maintenance by 2010 is likely to be missed. Street lighting columns have exceeded their design life, and may be in danger of collapse. Their replacement with more efficient and less polluting alternatives is recommended. It is suggested that private finance initatives for road and street lighting maintenance are inappropriate in most cases.

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  • Publication Date: 2003-6-25

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 59 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00962651
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-215-01136-8
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2003 12:00AM