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CIHT launches Improving Local Highways survey – deadline 28 January 2019

20 December 2018

CIHT member views on how best to improve local highways are invited by CIHT. The Improving Local Highways 24 question survey has been launched to help inform the Institution’s forthcoming review of the funding, governance and operation of the local highway network that will be delivered to the Department for Transport.

Initial findings will be reported at the CIHT Annual Conference next March.

It is recognised that local roads are key enablers for growth but their condition has become a national concern and public satisfaction is low. Failing assets also represent a risk to safety and performance of the network and congested routes can impact economic performance.

However there is a foundation on which to build from. The industry has seen major reforms in recent years, including the establishment of Highways England, a new regulatory function for the highway network with the Office of Rail & Road, a five year funding settlement through the Road Investment Strategy and Transport Focus that represents the interests of road users. More recently the Government is looking to take forward the Major Road Network.

Change is possible and CIHT is looking to influence Government in its consideration of providing sustainable solutions for the future delivery of local highways maintenance and solving the pothole predicament.  CIHT will explore a range of options, including some which are more radical than the current arrangements and others which place an emphasis on operational best practice. The project seeks to explore possibilities for transformation in management, funding, accountability and control.  

The deadline for the survey is 28 January 2019. To take part, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/local_highways_network