HIghways’ Maintenance Priorities

Proposed Changes to Highways’ Maintenance Priorities – Well Managed Highways Infrastructure Consultation 

Dear Consultee, 

In response to the UK Roads Liaison Group’s publication of the Code of Practice ‘Well Managed Highway Infrastructure’,  Cheshire East Council is seeking views on its proposals to change its approach to Highway Safety Inspections, and its Winter Service activities. In order to support this consultation we have developed draft versions of a Highway Inspection Policy, a Highway Inspection Code of Practice, a Winter and Adverse Weather Service Policy and a Winter and Adverse Weather Plan Consultation 2018. This consultation is designed for identified stakeholders, organisations and members of the public to complete. The information you provide will help us to better align our management of the highway network with risk and usage levels. 

A brief summary of the documents which are available to support the consultation is provided below:-

Draft Highways Inspection Policy – The Draft Highway Inspection Policy sets out the aims and overarching principles that are proposed by the Council in order to address the guidelines detailed in the UK Roads Liaison Groups Code of Practice Well Managed Highway Infrastructure(WMHI) and the obligations placed upon the Council under the Highways Act 1980.  

Draft Code of Practice for Highway Safety Inspections – The Draft Code of Practice further develops the aims and overarching principles outlined in the Draft Highway Inspection Policy in order to evidence that the Council takes a responsible attitude to it duties as a highway authority and to provide a defence against claims under Section 58 of the  Highways Act 1980. The draft document outlines the proposed approach to implementing a risk based approach to identifying, recording and prioritising highway defects for potential rectification.  The document has been developed following the recommendations of WMHI and promotes the adoption of an integrated asset management approach and the establishment of local levels of service.  

Examples of the Old and New Inspection Process – The examples of the old and new inspection process detail the proposed differences between the current and proposed inspection frequencies. The examples also detail network hierarchy classifications. The examples are indicative and are intended to show typical changes that may be seen on the network once the consultation has closed and the information gathered has been used to inform the Cheshire East Network Hierarchy.  It should be noted that the indicative inspection frequencies will also be supplemented by inspections in response to defects reported to the Council. 

Draft Winter and Adverse Weather Policy – The Draft Winter and Adverse Weather Policy sets out the aims and overarching principles that are proposed by the Council in order to address the guidelines detailed in the UK Roads Liaison Group’s Code of Practice WMHI. The policy also addresses the obligations placed upon it relating to adverse weather under the Highways Act 1980 and modified  by Section 111 of the Railways and Transport Act 2003. 

Winter and Adverse Weather Plan Consultation 2018 – This document describes the strategy to align the Adverse Weather Policy and Plan with the recommendations of WMHI, whilst also addressing the obligations placed upon the Highway Authority under the Highways Act 1980 and modified  by Section 111 of the Railways and Transport Act 2003. The document describes how the treatment routes will be aligned to the network hierarchy and details further factors that will be considered in the formulation of the winter treatment network.

 The consultation will run until 27 August 2018, the relevant documents and consultation can be accessed via the link below:-

 https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/WMHIConsultation/

  Yours faithfully, 

The Well Managed Highway Infrastructure Project Team