According to Paul Fleetham, Tarmac Contracting’s Managing Director, the findings from this year’s ALARM Survey provide another timely reminder of the ‘perfect storm’ of funding, traffic and resource challenges facing councils when maintaining local roads in England and Wales.
Many local authorities in England are operating highways maintenance budgets that have decreased by up to 16% in the last year. Currently, to get roads back into reasonable condition in England and Wales, it would take and estimated one-time cost of £11.8 billion. Clearing the road maintenance backlog in England would take 14 years – this increases to 16 years in London. This is a surprising statistic for a city with so much new major transport infrastructure currently under construction.
Despite this challenging backdrop, the research suggests that many councils have made progress in embracing asset management – a key requirement for them to secure additional funding from the Department for Transport by 2016/17.
Developing Highways Asset Management Plans (HAMPS) in partnership with contractors is helping them to make informed decisions about how, when and where budgets are spent. But it’s important that they now build on this work in preparation for 2018/19. That’s when all local authorities must demonstrate they are delivering higher levels of asset management and unlocking efficiencies in order to maintain their current levels of funding.
Highways contractors, consultants and materials providers have a clear responsibility to help clients with this challenge.
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/24032016/alarm-survey-suggests-councils-making-progress-in-asset-management-763/