Our Highway Network is one of our largest and most valuable publically owned assets with a current replacement value of over £2 billion. It connects residential dwellings with businesses and places of interest for visitors which all form a vital contribution towards the social, environmental and economic well-being of Medway.
The Highway Network, through infrastructure and investment, plays a key role in both supporting the Council’s Regeneration Programmes and our vision of Medway becoming a leading Waterfront University City.
We have aimed to always improve our understanding of the role the Highway Network performs through capturing better data and management practices to ensure value for money, considering the extent of the Highway Network with over 800km of roads, including:
- footways and cycleways
- streetlights and illuminated signs
- bridges, retaining walls and tunnels
- drainage systems
- street furniture
- traffic signals
- signs and road markings
Asset management is a strategic approach that seeks to optimise the value of Highway Assets over their whole Service Life. We recognise that by adopting and proactively implementing an asset management based approach to its local highway maintenance, investment can be targeted on a long-term planned basis. This is to combat historic practices of much more expensive short-term repairs that do not aid in the whole life cost of the Highway Asset.
An asset management approach not only maximises value for money by way of ensuring informed investment decisions are made, but to also manages risk and maintains the Highway Network to ensure it is safe, secure and accessible for our customers.
The Transport Asset Management Policy sets out the principles we follow to manage, maintain and improve our Highway Infrastructure.
The Highway Asset Management Plan defines how we'll manage our Highway Infrastructure including carriageways, footways, structures, drainage, street lighting and street furniture, making sure they are kept in operation, safe for public use to help Medway Council achieve their Priorities and Goals. It also sets out how we shall make the most of current budgets and how future funding shall be spent in accordance with Asset Management Best Practice.
In addition, the Transport Asset Maintenance Plan is designed to help achieve some of the priorities, objectives and targets set out in the third Local Transport Plan. In terms of highway maintenance, the over-arching aim is to halt the decline in condition of the road network and restore it to a more acceptable standard. The council therefore have in place a Transport Asset Management Policy which is reviewed annually to ensure it is fit for purpose.
The Highway Communication Plan outlines how the Highways Team is committed to ensuring effective two-way communication with all its Stakeholders; engaging with and providing good quality information to identify what can be expected from an Asset Management approach.
The Network Resilience Plan has been developed in line with the Department for Transport (DfT) review of the resilience of the UK Transport Network to extreme weather events. The development of our Network Resilience Plan and map supports our Transport Asset Management Policy and aligns with our Highway Asset Management Plan. Through prioritisation of maintenance schemes on the resilient network, the Council will aim to keep this infrastructure safe to use all year round to support a local resilient economy.