Our highway infrastructure is the most valuable publicly owned asset managed and maintained by the Council. Our Asset Management policy and strategy supports both the council plan and the council’s vision to make sure we are spending public funds as wisely as we can to ensure a safe, sustainable and accessible network for all users.
The major asset groups of our highway infrastructure consist of over:
- 2,900 kilometers of roads
- 5,000 kilometers of footways and cycleways
- 4,000 bridges and other highway structures
- 93,000 street lights
- 300 traffic signal installations
- 140,000 gullies (and other highway drainage assets)
The adoption of the asset management principles, set out in our Strategy demonstrates our commitment to maintaining these assets in the most effective way, ensuring they are fit for purpose and safe to use.
We will continue to develop the use of asset management principles as a means of delivering better outcomes for our users and to maximise value for money.
We are currently in the process of reviewing our Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Plan and this will be aligned to our Strategy. There are a number of asset management documents that provide further information on how we manage our highway infrastructure, which are;
Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy – This document sets out how the council will best manage the highway infrastructure taking into consideration customer needs, local priorities, asset condition and best use of available resources.
Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Plan – This document sets out the operational requirements to maintain the network and identifies the levels of service to be provided.
Highways Communication Strategy – There is a need for local engagement mechanisms to ensure that our asset management approach is understood. Engaging with stakeholders to understand their needs and expectations provides the information needed to determine and review the service provided by highway infrastructure assets and therefore our asset management activities.
Highways Infrastructure State of the Asset Report - This report provides factual information on the condition of highway infrastructure assets. It includes performance data which is used monitor our activities which will be reviewed to ensure continuous improvement. It also includes results of annual surveys of customer satisfaction. A new report is currently being finalised and will be added soon.
Benchmarking - This is a systematic process, collecting and comparing information for enabling comparisons and improving performance. It provides a structure to search for best practice in other organisations that can be integrated into our own service delivery. Results are currently being collated.
Customer Satisfaction – We commission annual surveys of customer satisfaction and analyse trends to benchmark and diagnose performance and identify potential for improvement.
Forward Works Programme - We use a maintenance prioritisation process for all of our major assets, aligned to our Strategy. A one to two year programme of works for all assets is approved and looking forward there is an indicative programme for three to five years.
Guidance on Protecting Grass Verges – Increased car ownership has resulted in the increased use of verges for vehicular parking. This document provides guidance on how parking on verges will be addressed. The guidance will be available shortly.