Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there is a backlog of maintenance for local roads.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Local authorities are responsible for the maintenance of their highways networks. Each local authority decides on appropriate service levels and standards for their own highways and what maintenance is required. The Department does not collect information centrally on the amount of work that authorities consider to be outstanding.

The Department has encouraged all local highway authorities to produce asset management plans for their roads. These bring together inventory and conditions information which, together with target condition based upon desired service levels, will inform calculations of maintenance need. We are also working with local authorities to identify best practice in highways asset management with a view to publishing best practice guidance. This will build on the UK Roads Liaison Group's three codes of practice covering street lighting, highways and bridges, published in November 2004, July 2005 and September 2005 respectively, which provide advice on efficient and effective management of the network.

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