Technology meets Highways at WRA Congress in Glasgow 31 Oct – 1st November 2016

Drone photo A591 of credit Gaist Solutions Ltd

This years’ World Road Association (WRA) UK Congress in Glasgow, 31st October (Dinner Debate) and 1st November (Congress), provides a unique insight into the UK and international progress toward risk-based resilience for managing our highways assets. Much of our highway network (particularly the local road network) is demanding more intensive maintenance due to age andRead More

Conference organisers missing out on huge opportunities to engage audiences

World Rod Assocation congress Network Resilience 2014 Belfast

Conference organisers in the highways and transport sector are failing to embrace social networking or challenge the traditional conference model sufficently to enable transformation of local highways services The World Road Association UK congress on Network Resilience, on 4th and 5th November 2014 in Belfast will be the fourth major highways and transport industry conference I’veRead More

Engage with Video to Improve Local Transport

video to engage

If you’re trying to improve safety of local transport, or raise awareness of highways maintenance work that people forget happens every day, video is a great way to get your message across. Those ‘ah-ha’ moments, when we finally understand where someone else is coming from feel really good, but don’t happen as often as theyRead More

Highways Maintenance Funding Post 2015

DfT Capital Highways Maintenance Funding 2011-2014

Teresa Jolley reflects on the key messages from the South West engagement session held by the Department for Transport in Exeter on 3rd March 2014 to consult on proposed funding changes for Highways Maintenance block capital funding post 2015. The Department for Transport is proposing greater certainty of funding for Highways Maintenance between 2015/16-2020/21, whichRead More

Funding Local Transport in England

DfT Capital Spend Introduction

Three funding sources £8.5 billion was spent on Local Transport in 2010-11.  The funding English local authorities receive to deliver local transport come from three primary sources (National Audit Office report: Funding for Local Transport, October 2012): Department for Transport, comprising: Money given directly to councils via block funding for Road Maintenance, Integrated Transport and Highways MaintenanceRead More

Introduction to Local Roads

Length of local road network in Great Britain

In England, Scotland and Wales, local government is responsible for all roads that fall outside the jurisdiction of the Strategic Road Network (explained in the introductory post on Motorways and Trunk Roads). Local Road Classification Principal ‘A’ Roads – (green coloured signposts, green or red colouring in road maps and atlases) B Roads – (whiteRead More

Introduction to Motorways and Trunk Roads

Length of Strategic Road Network in Great Britain

Motorways and Trunk roads in Great Britain, often referred to together as the Strategic Road Network, are the key routes across the country that play such a vital role in keeping the country moving. Because of their strategic importance, they are managed centrally by each country through single bodies / organisations: England: Highways Agency Scotland:Read More

Road Length in Great Britain 2012

Road lengths in Great Britain

Valuable baseline data such as road length should be easier to access and understand, so that local highways authorities, Councillors, private sector service providers and the public can use it to drive greater collaboration and value for money in local government highways services. This is the first in a series of articles exploring the nationalRead More

Highways Industry Publications

Highways Industry Publications

Want to keep up to date with the latest thinking?  Need to find a document quickly?  Know roughly when it was published, or its Title? Here’s is an  searchable compilation of the key publications relevant to the local government highways sector, complete with hyperlink to each document.  Starting with Sir Michael Latham’s ‘Constructing The Team’Read More