Going the distance
Achieving better value for money in road maintenance
This report looks at the challenges faced by the country’s 152 council highways authorities.
England’s 236,000 miles of local roads – used by 30 million drivers every day – are under attack from increasing traffic, severe winters, higher repair costs, and dwindling highways funding.
The report highlights how councils can get more for their money, including cost-saving collaborations with neighbours, asset management to show when road maintenance will be most effective, new ways of keeping residents informed, and weighing short-term repairs against long-term resilience.
It includes a series of case studies which demonstrate how some councils have developed strategies that balance growing service demands with reducing resources.