An independent assessment has rated Herefordshire Council’s highways services as amongst the most efficient in the country. The assessment measured the efficiency of the street lighting and highways maintenance services and the county was placed in the top quartile.
The assessment used customer, quality and cost data and has been undertaken as part of the Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) promoted by the Department for Transport. The study was commissioned through measure2improve, on behalf of the NHT Network and delivered with the support of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.
Herefordshire’s performance is demonstration of our strategic approach to the management of the highway asset, and provides assurance that the substantial investment being made in the county’s highway network is being spent well.
The study uses data on past performance and spend. Since that time the Government and the council has substantially increased its investment in roads. During 2014 Herefordshire’s highway network has seen over £18 million invested in rectifying damage from severe weather and addressing the deterioration in the highway asset. 2015 will see at least a further addition of £7.5 Million being invested.
Councillor Paul Rone, cabinet member transport and roads said, “I am really pleased that we have been ranked so highly through this independent study. It is a clear indication that the money we invest is being spent well. As a result of the extra funding the state of the road network in the county is improving. We have a long way to go yet but I am really encouraged by the results being achieved to date.”
We are confident that we can build on this great result in the future; through our asset management strategy, our approach to continuous improvement and efficiencies in our contract with Balfour Beatty Living Places, locality working through schemes such as the parish lengthsman scheme and by maximising our share in forthcoming government funding opportunities.