The importance of maintenance needs to be recognised by decision makers, funded appropriately and well managed to ensure maximum value is achieved. This is the core message in a report by the World Road Association that makes the case for the importance of road maintenance by drawing on robust evidence from around the world.
Launched over a year ago now (May 2013), this Guidance is aimed at local highway authorities and provides advice on how asset management principles may be used to support a more efficient approach to maintaining highway infrastructure assets.
Asset management gets a boost from accounting change - according to the latest Transportation Professional pages for the UKRLG. Accounting changes in 2016/17 are set to drive progress towards better asset management. They will also see a more accurate and increased financial value placed on local transport assets.
Strong leadership and commitment from elected councillors and their chief officers is vital in maintaining our highways. This leaflet explains how asset management can help councils to improve highway maintenance, by ensuring best use of available funds and demonstrating need for investment.
A Review of the Resilience of the Transport Networks to Extreme Weather Events has been published by the Department for Transport. The report was commissioned following the extreme weather of the 2013/14 winter. The UKRLG will help with one of the key recommendations