Positive response to highways Code of Practice

The Department for Transport (DfT) has received an “overwhelming response” to its request for comments on the new highways Code of Practice, which has been delayed until summer 2016.

The reason for the delay is because of issues identified with the Code’s risk-based approach. The Code, which is entitled ‘Well-managed Highway Infrastructure’, had originally been planned for November this year.

More than 600 comments have been received from several dozen organisations, representing not only highways, structures and lighting practitioners, but also views from professional institutions, user groups, risk, legal and insurance backgrounds.

Steve Berry OBE, head of highways maintenance at the Department for Transport and Code of Practice steering group member, said: “The Department for Transport and UK Roads Liaison Group would like to thank all those who have contributed to the process so far. The feedback received has indicated a strong support for this review and the fundamental principles of the revised Code. All comments received will be considered, and where appropriate amendments to the Code will be made. A number of key issues have been identified from the consultation, and the Department for Transport and steering group are now responding actively to this feedback.”

From the comments received one of the most significant issues identified was regarding the risk-based approach and how this may be implemented in a highway authority context.

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