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Managing Highways Maintenance - An Introduction
This is a course for those with a technical/supervisory background but little or no experience of the management of highways maintenance. It provides a basic overview of the process and sets it in a day-to-day context.
Delegates will gain an understanding of the legal, political, financial, functional and technical aspects of managing highway maintenance.
Aims and Objectives:
On completion of this course, delegates will have an awareness of:
The legal basis for highway maintenance, the difference between duties and powers, and how the extent of the publicly maintainable highway is determined
The political environment in which highways maintenance is carried out
Some of the various arrangements for carrying out both ‘client’ and ‘contractor’ roles
Some common ways in which the various functions of highways maintenance can be arranged and the how routine, reactive and programmed maintenance interact
The importance of inspections and the public interface.
The course looks at the most important areas which overlap to form the environment in which highways maintenance is carried out and which form essential components of its management:-
what is a highway and determining its extent
legislative framework – the Highways Act 1980, Road Traffic Regulations, etc
limitations on ability to act
the difference between duties and powers
different highway authorities
the role of elected members
public pressure on elected members and those performing the highways maintenance function
highway authority policies
who undertakes different elements of the process
geography v. function
some common contractual arrangements eg PFI, direct labour/in house staff, contractors, consultants, etc
some common functional splits eg bridges, street lights, traffic signals, roads, etc
the public interface
why highway maintenance is carried out
inspections and the section 58 defence
when highway maintenance is carried out
the difference between cyclic, reactive and planned maintenance
snow and ice
emergency works and working with other agencies
Mode of Delivery:
The course will be relaxed, informal and inter-active.
While it will be centred on a tutor presentation, discussion is encouraged throughout.
At the start, delegates will be asked to introduce themselves and indicate their knowledge of the subject area, so that the whole group can draw on the experiences of all those present.
Benefits Perceived by Participants:
An understanding of the highways maintenance management process at a basic level
The path that has to be threaded between legal, political, functional, technical and financial issues that are the everyday reality of managing highways maintenance.
Those moving into the management of highways maintenance and who either have some highways technical knowledge or have experience of managing maintenance of a different asset type.
Those who are new to highways maintenance and wish to gain an understanding of the management process.
Have an understanding of non-highways asset maintenance, or the practical aspects of highways maintenance.
1 day (6 hours)