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Updated code promotes better managed infrastructure - latest in Transportation Professional

Updated code promotes better managed infrastructure - latest in Transportation Professional

18 October 2016

Updated code promotes better managed infrastructure - UKRLG has launched an update to its Code of Practice which takes an integrated, risk based approach to managing highway infrastructure assets.

What is this document called?
This Code of Practice is the first edition of ‘Well-managed Highway Infrastructure’.  It replaces ‘Well-maintained Highways’, ‘Management of Highway Structures’ and ‘Well-lit Highways’.

Does it apply across the UK?
Yes, the code is intended to apply throughout the UK. Production has been overseen by the UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG) and its Roads, Bridges and Lighting Boards. It is recognised that there are differences in approach to some matters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and sets out general principles that apply to all countries.

Why is this now a single document?
The code is designed to promote the adoption of an integrated asset management approach to all highway infrastructure based on the establishment of local levels of service through risk based assessment.  It should be read in conjunction with the UKRLG Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Guidance to provide a starting point against which to develop, review and formally approve highway infrastructure maintenance policy and to identify and approve the nature and extent of any variations.

What is meant by a risk based approach?
Delivery of a safe and well maintained highway network relies on good evidence and sound engineering judgement. The intention of this code is that authorities will develop their own levels of service and the code provides them with guidance to consider when developing their own approaches in accordance with local needs, priorities and affordability.

What will this mean for highway authorities?
It marks a change from a reliance on specific guidance and recommendations in the previous codes to a risk based approach determined by each highway authority.

Some authorities may be able to implement a full risk based approach immediately. Others may require more time and may choose to continue with existing practices for an interim period.

In this case the previous codes will remain valid for them, either until they have implemented their new approach or after a period of two years from the date of publication of this code.

Is there a risk of inconsistencies in approach between authorities?
All authorities including strategic, local and combined authorities and those in alliances are encouraged to collaborate with others to determine levels of service for highway users. It is especially important to work closely with neighbouring authorities responsible for strategic and local highway networks that cross borders.

The Code will be published on 28 October 2016 on the UKRLG website.

Atkins was commissioned by the Department for Transport to lead the review.  For background on the review click here.

To read the full article Transportation Professional October 2016

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