Liverpool City Region has appointed support services firm Capita to produce an asset management plan for its key route network (KRN) in partnership with Xais.
Capita said the 13-month partnership would produce a ‘fully compliant Carriageway Asset Management Plan’ for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA).
It will include developing a strong risk-based approach to prioritisation of works, both for routine maintenance and longer-term planned periodic maintenance of the KRN.
Capita and Xais will also develop and implement a revised carriageway hierarchy for the KRN to be used for risk-based inspections and prioritisation of works.
Mark Tabone of Capita said: ‘We are excited to be working with Xais to develop a carriageway asset management plan for LCRCA that will help ensure continued investment into the region and drive economic growth.
‘Our robust experience in this area allows us to assist highway authorities in managing their network efficiently and effectively, whilst delivering best value for their highway users.’
Capita said the services provided will help the LCRCA drive costs down, ‘whilst maintaining high service levels and creating conditions for growth to make Liverpool an investment destination of choice’.
Labour’s Steve Rotheram became the Liverpool City Region’s first directly elected mayor last month.
Under the region’s devolution agreement the powers and functions exercised by the combined authority on his behalf include ‘a Key Route Network of local roads [which] will be achieved through a single asset management plan, working towards streamlined contractual and delivery arrangements across the city region’.
Under the deal, Capita and Xais will provide:
- Tailored asset condition surveys of the KRN
- A City Region Highways Infrastructure Policy and Strategy
- A KRN carriageway lifecycle plan
- Scheme development and prioritisation
- A Skid Resistance Strategy for the KRN