Highways Asset Management Planning (HAMP) Network

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

The publication in October 2016 of Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure: A Code of Practice represents a significant shift away from the previous prescriptive approach to highways maintenance.

The new Code adopts a risk based approach across all aspects of highway infrastructure maintenance including hierarchy, levels of service, inspections, responses, resilience, priorities and programmes.

With a two year period for introduction of the Code, the next 12 months are going to be critical as you develop your transition arrangements. Over the past year we have already explored some of the key challenges you face and sought to bring you practical examples and steps that you should have been taking during the first year.

As we move into the second transition year, we would expect the weeks and months will tick by rather quickly and we will be looking to continue to support and guide you through the process.

In addition to specific risk based challenges mentioned above we know that the year ahead will once again see the public sector faced with ever increasing and new challenges, plus plenty of political uncertainty. With a strong focus on paying down public debt, pressures on local government resources will continue and increasingly innovative ways to cope with the ongoing financial climate change will have to be explored. There is no doubt that we all still have a long way to go in identifying and delivering efficiencies, and as highway asset managers you will have a part to play in responding to the corporate challenge.

Key areas of support

The big things that will impact on highway asset managers over the next 12 months, and that we will be supporting you in, include:

  • the incentive element of highway maintenance funding which started to bite for the first time in 2017/18
  • continuing 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
  • the ever important role that life cycle planning will have 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
  • 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.

All this shows that the coming year is again likely to be another one challenging 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.

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