Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities have a road asset management plan in place.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport continues to work closely with the all parts of the sector to help spread best practice in highways asset management, including through the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme.

The development of highways asset management plans and strategies is a matter for each local highway authority. Many authorities are currently at different stages of implementing such plans and the Department does not hold comprehensive data on how many authorities have up to date asset management plans in place.

The National Audit Office in their report -

http://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Maintaining-Strategic-Infrastructure-Roads.pdf

- stated that at least 45 local highway authorities had not yet completed an asset management plan when surveyed in early 2014.

The recent consultation on local highways maintenance funding from 2015/16 onwards -

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-authority-highways-maintenance-funding-201516-to-202021

- proposed that a proportion of funding could be awarded to authorities who demonstrate that they have an asset management strategy in place and are adopting efficient delivery of highway maintenance services.

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