The Council has adopted a systematic and considered approach to highway asset management to help it achieve goals which will significantly benefit the city of Plymouth and its population. Its membership of LCRIG is supporting this work, as it provides access to asset management experts from other local authorities. In 2015, the council’s drive to improve the condition of its roads resulted in it winning the National Highways & Transport Network’s Public Satisfaction Survey Award for ‘Biggest Improvement in Condition of Highways’.
The Borough Council has developed a long-term Transport Asset Management Strategy (TAMS) which covers 2015 to 2034. It provides the guiding principles, objectives, processes, actions and investments needed to ensure the performance of Stockport’s transport infrastructure supports the Council’s corporate aspirations and remains financially sustainable. Regularly collaborating with other members of LCRIG is helping the Council to implement its strategy and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its highway asset management.
Manchester’s highway network is vital to the city’s economic prosperity, giving people access to education, healthcare, employment, leisure and social opportunities, and improving the character and quality of local areas. In light of this, the City Council is working hard to develop and implement strategies, plans and processes which will achieve the best long-term outcomes for the network. This approach includes liaising with fellow LCRIG members to share best practice and discuss common issues.
Following many years of underinvestment, Blackpool Council developed and implemented a successful flagship scheme (Project 30) in 2010 which invested £30 million to address its backlog of highway and footway maintenance. Central to the scheme was the creation of a road asset management strategy (RAMS) framework. Keen to help other local authorities benefit from its experiences, promote the benefits of its RAMS framework and facilitate collaboration between highway asset management experts, Blackpool council set up LCRIG in 2014.
With the fourth largest road network in England, Cumbria County Council faces a significant challenge to make sure its highway assets are well managed and its network operates efficiently. In addition, the rural nature of Cumbria means there are limited alternative options for travel and a high dependency on road journeys. Collaborating with other LCRIG members is helping the Council manage these issues, optimise its resources and develop effective highway asset management strategies.
The Council’s Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP) was approved in June 2014 and sets out how it intends to manage its transport assets from 2015/16 to 2029/30. Meeting regularly with other LCRIG members to discuss challenges and opportunities is helping the Council to implement this plan and refresh it regularly so it remains as effective as possible. As a result, the Council has made advances in a number of key areas and the condition of highway assets in Lancashire continue to improve.
Southend-on-Sea’s transport infrastructure comprises assets worth an estimated £811 million. The Borough Council has developed a Transport Asset Management Strategy (TAMS) to ensure these assets and the public realm are managed sustainably and in a way that underpins wider council objectives. Working with other members of LCRIG is helping it to implement this strategy. In addition, the Council is contributing to LCRIG’s development of standard performance benchmarking and a common approach to the production of whole government accounts.
The Halton highway network is estimated to be worth in excess of £1.25 billion and the most valuable asset under the control of Halton Borough Council. Despite this importance, historical underfunding has resulted in the network’s highway assets deteriorating and not receiving sufficient attention to ensure they remain in an adequate state of repair and serviceable condition. In response to this situation, the Council has developed a much more structured approach to the way it manages its highway assets. This includes collaborating with other local authorities through LCRIG.