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Highway Asset Management and Policy

Highway Maintenance Specification

The Highway Maintenance Specification gives guidance to maintenance engineers on selecting appropriate materials and treatments for use. Advice is given on the use of both conventional and specialist products, and in their appropriateness to the various road hierarchy categories.

View the Highway Maintenance Specification.

Highway Network Management Plan

The highway network is one of the most valuable assets that a local authority owns, so looking after the it should be a key priority for every council. The Tees Valley councils have collaborated to produce the Highway Network Management Plan, which is drawn from three codes of practice produced by the UK Roads Liaison Group for the maintenance of street lighting, bridges, tunnels and other structures, as well as carriageways and footways.

View the Highway Network Management Plan.

As an open and accountable organisation, we are committed to ensuring effective communication takes place throughout our service area. The Communication Plan contains our strategy to communicate with our key stakeholders and ensures we are engaging in two-way communication.

View the Highway Asset Management Communication Plan.

In the 2014 Budget statement, the Government announced the creation of a Pothole Fund worth £200 million, with £168 million being made available to highway authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network. Middlesbrough Council applied for the funding available in the 2014/15 financial year.

View the Pothole Fund Application Form.

The Middlesbrough Highway Maintenance Plan was developed to conform to the recommendations set out in the well-maintained highways - code of practice and founded on the key principles of Best Value and Risk Assessment

View the Highway Maintenance Plan.

Middlesbrough Council - in complying with its duty to maintain the highway as outlined within Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 and for the purposes of Section 58, which provides for special defence - undertakes inspections of all adopted highways within the borough. The Highway Inspection Manual has been developed with the primary aim of providing assistance to officers involved in undertaking highway safety inspections so they can carry out their duties in a systematic and consistent manner, following clear and easily understood criteria.

View the Highway Safety Inspection Manual.

The purpose of the Transport Asset Management Plan is to set out an approach for the management of Middlesbrough Council's transport asset. Based upon the CSS framework document for Highway Asset Management Plans, the plan pulls together all the relevant strategies, goals, objectives, plans and methods in use within the council, and within the Planning and Transportation department for managing transport in the borough.

View the Transport Asset Management Plan part 1.

View the Transport Asset Management Plan part 2.

The Transport Asset Management Plan part 3 will be developed following formal approval of parts 1 and 2.

You can also view the previous Transport Asset Management Plan, from November 2007.

The three year Highway Maintenance Plan is a list of proposed highway maintenance schemes which have been scheduled by Middlesbrough Council to take place over the following three years. The latest Highway Maintenance Plan covers the 2015-2018 period.

The council undertakes regular condition surveys of the highway network and stores the data within asset management databases. Each year the three year Highway Maintenance Plan is reviewed, and a new plan is compiled in consultation with: highway inspectors, ward councillors, Community Councils, residents, and other stakeholders. A number of influencing factors are also considered such as: council and government objectives, available funding, priority routes (A, B, C Roads, bus routes etc.), treatment choices, material life spans, environmental efficiency, current condition and expected deterioration, shopping areas, schools, and disabled access/residents with poor mobility.

View the three year Highway Maintenance Plan.

The cross-boundary agreement between Middlesbrough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Council, legally formalises an agreement between the authorities with regards to highway services carried out at highway authority boundary crossing points. Similar agreements are currently being developed with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Hambleton Borough Council, and North Yorkshire County Council.

View the cross-boundary agreement with Redcar & Cleveland Council.

The Street Lighting Maintenance Management Plan (SLMMP) is one of a number of documents produced to inform and guide all relevant staff and stakeholders on the processes and standards required by Middlesbrough Council for street lighting and associated telematics.

The plan is based upon, and adopts the recommendations set out in, the well-lit highways - code of practice. It also adopts the recommendations in Management of Electronic Traffic Equipment.

View the Street Lighting Maintenance Management Plan including telematics.

Please note, this a consultation draft document. Middlesbrough Council would welcome any comments or feedback you may wish to submit.

The Middlesbrough Structures Maintenance Management Plan has been developed to conform with the recommendations set out in the management of highway structures - code of practice, and is founded on the key principles of best value and risk assessment. This policy document is part of a number of Maintenance Management Plans approved by the council to deliver the best value highway services to the community.

View the Structures Maintenance Management Plan.

Please note, this a consultation draft document. Middlesbrough Council would welcome any comments or feedback you may wish to submit.

The purpose of the Traffic Network Management Plan is to demonstrate the arrangements for delivering the Network Management Duty by setting out the council's approach to managing the network to the benefit of users. It will also provide evidence of the policies that the council is actively pursuing to ensure the more expeditious movement of traffic on its network. This plan has been developed through working in partnership with other local traffic authorities in the north of England.

View the Traffic Network Management Plan.

A key new duty of the Floods and Water Management Act 2010 is for Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA) to develop a local strategy for managing local flood risk. It must set objectives for managing flood risk, in the context of a local strategy. Objectives for local strategies should be consistent with the strategic objectives and guiding principles set out in the national strategy.

View the Middlesbrough Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

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