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Positive Steps taken by DfT and Code of Practice Steering Group

20 October 2015

The Department for Transport is delighted to report that the consultation process on the draft revised Code of Practice has seen an overwhelming response from the sector.  More than 600 comments have been received from several dozen organisations, representing not only highways, structures and lighting practitioners, but also views from professional institutions, user groups, risk, legal and insurance backgrounds.  Such a response has not only highlighted the levels of interest in the revised Code from across the industry, but also emphasised the importance that such critical guidance is fit for purpose when it is published.
 
Steve Berry OBE, Head of Highways Maintenance at the Department for Transport and Code of Practice Steering Group member said:

“The Department for Transport and UK Roads Liaison Group would like to thank all those who have contributed to the process so far. The feedback received has indicated a strong support for this review and the fundamental principles of the revised Code.  All comments received will be considered, and where appropriate amendments to the Code will be made.  A number of key issues have been identified from the consultation, and the Department for Transport and Steering Group are now responding actively to this feedback.”
 
From the comments received one of the most significant issues identified was regarding the risk based approach and how this may be implemented in a highway authority context.  As such, the Department for Transport has agreed additional guidance will be developed to support practitioners in this area.  Due to this, it has been agreed by the Steering Group that the revised release date of the Code will be summer 2016 to accommodate the further work required.
 

 

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