Highways Asset Management Planning (HAMP) Network

The Highways Asset Management Planning Network provides the practical advice and support to local authorities seeking information on asset management and planning for highways and transportation.

The coming year is likely to be the most challenging yet for local authority highway asset managers. The HAMP Network will be with you every step of the way, supporting you in developing and delivering a strategic approach to the management of your network.

For the first time in 2017/18 the extent to which highway authorities have adopted good asset management principles will have a direct financial impact. Outside London this will be through the incentive element of the Department for Transport highway maintenance funding process and the associated self-assessment, introduced in 2016. Although they are outside the DfT incentive self-assessment process, London boroughs are already being asked to submit an asset management status report (AMSR) alongside their LIP submission, with the potential for these to impact on funding in the future. Whether your organisation is within or outside of the capital, everyone is on a similar journey of trying to make progress with highway asset management and seeking to secure the maximum funding available.

Alongside the funding challenges, highway asset managers need to be prepared for the first year of the Highways Network Asset coming onto local authority balance sheets in accordance with the CIPFA Code of Practice on the Highways Network Asset.

In addition to these specific highways challenges, we know that the year ahead will once again see the public sector faced with new challenges, plus plenty of political uncertainty. The EU referendum has already generated significant shockwaves, with short term economic and political impact including a new prime minister, a new minister for transport and the associated potential for shifts in political policy direction.

With a strong focus on paying down public debt, pressures on local government resources will continue and we will have to explore increasingly innovative ways to cope with the ongoing changes in the financial climate. There is no doubt that we all still have a long way to go in identifying and delivering efficiencies, and highway asset managers will have a part to play in responding to the corporate challenge.

The Highways Asset Management Planning Network will support you with the following key changes over the next 12 months:

  • The incentive element of highway maintenance funding which will start to bite for the first time in 2017/18. Our events in 2016/17 will focus on the weaker areas identified through self-assessment and support highway authorities through a process to self-improvement.
  • Implementation of the CIPFA Code of Practice on the Highways Network Asset in order to:
    • deal with the fallout of bringing highway infrastructure assets onto local authority balance sheets from 2016/17
    • adapt to the new internal and external audit and scrutiny of highway valuations, processes and data management
    • continue to comply with the framework for the valuation of the highway network for Whole of Government Accounts (WGA).
  • Developing a resilient network as recommended by the government's Transport Resilience Review.
  • Transition to the new risk-based Codes of Practice, with practical help in adapting to the new approach.
  • Updated GRC rates coming out of the HAMFIG rates review.
  • The ever important role of life cycle planning in making less money go further, as highway authorities look to future-proof themselves against substantial increases in cost inflation, reducing budgets and projected growth in road transport.
  • The emerging outcomes from HMEP and practical ways of delivering efficiencies in the maintenance of the highway network, including potholes management.
  • Applying the principles of the updated Asset Management Guidance and Maturity Toolkit.
  • Coping with an environment of financial cuts and competing internal demands for revenue budgets, through innovation and different ways of working.
  • Increasing public scrutiny of spending decisions and their impact on the condition of the road network.
  • Ability to measure and report in a consistent manner the current condition of the network, and the application of deterioration modelling to develop projected condition levels.

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