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Welcome to the December 2014 UKRLG newsletter
UKRLG workshops to help review the Codes of Practice

The UKRLG Codes of Practice are under review.  The objective of the review is to update the advice in the Codes to reflect current developments in the sector and bring a fundamental change in the way highway infrastructure is managed in the UK, through the adoption of a risk based approach.  This covers the development or revision of guidance and advice for routine and cyclical maintenance, inspections, climate change and resilience, with the aim of reducing the overall cost of the service while not compromising statutory duties.

The review of the Codes started in Autumn 2014 and the revised Codes are due to be published in Autumn 2015. An important part of the project is consultation with the wider sector which started with a webinar in December 2014 setting out the aim, scope and governance arrangements for the review.  The recorded webinar is available from the following link.

During February and March, a series of workshops will be held in England, Scotland and Wales.  The workshops will offer to participants the opportunity to express their views on the review and influence the contents of the Codes. Venues have been agreed on the basis of connectivity for the dates below:

  • Wales – Media Resource Centre Wales, Llandrindod Wells – Thursday 26th February 2015
  • England, North – The Axis Building, Birmingham – Friday 6th March 2015
  • Scotland – South Lanarkshire Council, Hamilton – Tuesday 10th March 2015
  • England, South – CIHT, Britannia Walk, London – Friday 13th March 2015
Attendance to the workshops is by invitation only.  For Scotland and Wales, invites for the events will be arranged and issued via SCOTS and CSS Wales respectively.  For England, if you are interested in attending any of the above events, please register your interest via email to the project mailbox:  codesofpractice@atkinsglobal.com.  Places are available on a first come, first served basis.  Please indicate which event you would wish to attend, and which of the Codes (highways, structures or lighting) you currently use.  We are aiming for a balanced attendance between the different disciplines.
If you have any other questions or comments, please get in touch via codesofpractice@atkinsglobal.com.
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