HMEP to update guidance by the spring


The Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) is currently updating its procurement and product specification guidance.

The Department for Transport (DfT) sponsored, sector-led group, is updating its Standard Form of Contract and Procurement Suite to reflect new EU regulations on procurement.

Product specifications are also being reviewed. Areas being looked at include bridge items, crash barriers and potentially more detail on line markings.

The new guidance, which is being developed in partnership with council directors' body ADEPT and the Highways Term Maintenance Association, is expected in the spring.

The HMEP has also revealed that more than 1,000 people have registered for its Asset Management E-Learning Toolkit training, and over 350 of those people have completed all five modules.

Durham County Council was given special praise for having the highest number of users to complete the modules.

The HMEP is a £6m, DfT funded and sector led transformation programme. Discussions are still ongoing over potential ways to make the HMEP self-financing.

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