Arguably the biggest barrier to truly effective change in highways maintenance is the challenge of transferring knowledge – disseminating or spreading best practice.
Examples of really good work overcoming common problems have cropped up frequently over the past 15 to 20 years. But they’ve remained isolated as pockets of good practice, standing out as beacons for how hard it is to build real national momentum.
Breaking this barrier, by helping authorities to adopt more efficient practices, is a guiding principle of the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP). And the same aim has driven a grouping of councils going by the name of the Local Council Highways Investment Group (LCHIG).
Blackpool Council’s head of highways, Will Britain, has been a driving force behind the setting up of the LCHIG. Blackpool is widely regarded as one of the stand out examples of best practice among recent developments in highways asset management.