Highways networks are often local authorities’ biggest asset, and yet in recent times many councils across the UK have struggled with maintenance, trapped in a familiar cycle of inadequate funding and inefficient reactive repairs.
Peter Hyde, highways services director at Tarmac.
With ever-growing financial pressures and squeezed budgets, making the case to elected members for asset renewal programmes has never been more challenging and authorities need to find increasingly compelling ways to present the importance of maintaining a resilient network.
There is also a need to embrace new technology coming into the industry, enabling assets to be digitally mapped to form an accurate, cost-effective and comprehensive management plan.
Adopting an end-to-end approach to asset management-led network renewal is therefore key to a successful programme.
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