National Underground Asset Register

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the status is of the national underground asset register trial; whether the information on that trial has been shared with stakeholders; and what opendata access is available from that trial.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Paymaster General (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Geospatial Commission launched two pilots in April 2019 (one led by Ordnance Survey in the North East of England; the other by the Greater London Authority in six local authorities in London) to test the feasibility of creating a national underground asset register showing the location of underground pipes, cables and ducts to help reduce costly utility strikes and improve worker safety. Both pilots are making good progress and are scheduled to complete on time in March 2020.

Regular programme updates are provided to relevant stakeholders. The outputs of the pilots will include a data sharing agreement framework, inventory reports of existing data, a common data model, recommended requirements for a national build and findings from use case testing. These outputs will be shared as appropriate in any related tender packs after the pilots have completed.

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