The highway network is vital to a prospering and growing Peterborough. Highway assets include a huge array of components ranging from road markings and ‘cats eyes’ to traffic signals, street lighting and bridges. The largest components of the asset include:
- Carriageways, 83 km of ‘A’ roads, 56 km of ‘B’ roads, 158 km of ‘C’ roads and 608 km of unclassified roads;
- Footways & cycleways, 1,157 km of footways and 450 km of cycleways;
- Structures, 366 including bridges, culverts and retaining walls;
- Approximately 24,000 street lights, and;
- Traffic Signals, 114 sets.
Managing our highway network is a critical challenge that requires careful consideration of the need to balance the management of an ageing network and high public expectations with reducing resources, less available funding and an increased pressure on local government services.
Highway Asset Management provides a framework that enables us to do this whilst:
- Focusing on outcomes that help to prioritise future funding decisions;
- Replacing inefficient and expensive short-term repairs, which allow more defects to develop, with longer term and less costly repairs (research show that reactive repairs are four times more costly than preventative treatments);
- Helping to make the best use of public money, and;
- Providing a clear evidence base to justify the need for future or new investment in highways management, such as through prudential borrowing.
Following the Asset Management Framework means that we are able to demonstrate to the DfT that Peterborough is managing its network robustly through an approved framework, ensuring that the City is able to compete strongly for highway maintenance funding from Central Government. The pages beneath set out some of the key pieces of information supporting this process.
Policy and strategy
The Highway Asset Management Policy and Strategy sets out how we will maintain the Highway Asset, and include detail on the decisions that we make, and the information that supports this decision making.
The Highway Asset Management Policy & Strategy is a live document, and is reviewed on an annual basis by an Asset Management Steering Group, including key stakeholders. This process includes a review of all feedback from key stakeholders and customers. Please contact us to provide your feedback.
Forward Works Plan
This document contains details of the maintenance works that we have scheduled for the current financial year. This programme is built using the fundamental principles of Highway Asset Management, including robust data collection, lifecycle planning and identified Levels of Service.
The Forward Works Plan is approved reviewed by a Scrutiny Committee of Local Councillors before being approved by the Council’s Cabinet Members.
Nearly 600 miles of highway network need to be maintained across the Peterborough area. This covers roadways such as dual carriageways and busy inner city routes, to quiet lanes and village streets in rural areas. The roads and pavements page has further information on how the highway network is managed.
You can find up-to-date information about roadworks, road closures, diversions and traffic incidents affecting local roads on the One Network website.
Street lighting faults
If there is a street light that has stopped working either outside your house, down your road or anywhere across the city, you can report it to the street lighting team.
You can report potholes on the online reporting system.
In order to maintain the public highways within the local area, a winter maintenance service is also provided. Residents can follow any updates regarding road gritting via social media.
Consultation and feedback
The maintenance of the highway network is ultimately for the benefit of the customer – the residents and local businesses that use it. Making informed decisions to ensure that the network is appropriately maintained for the customer is central to asset management practice, and has been considered throughout the development of the Highway Asset Management Policy and Strategy.
Successful asset management is dependent on ongoing communication and feedback between asset managers, key stakeholders and the customer. This process is detailed in the Highways Asset Management Communications Strategy.
As part of our decision making process, we consult with the following key stakeholders:
- Network Rail
- Rail operators
- Bus operators
- Emergency services
- Utility companies
- Highways England
- Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership
- Neighbouring local authorities
- Environment Agency
Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund
The Council, in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, has submitted a Maintenance Challenge Fund bid to the Department for Transport. The £6.75m bid is to fund the repair of 65.61km of drought damaged fen roads across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Investment will enable the authorities to use innovative methods to maintain fen roads and enhance the resilience of the rural road network against future weather events.
National Productivity Investment Fund
The Council has received £773,000 from the Department for Transport as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund. This is new funding for which the Nene Parkway maintenance scheme has been selected for delivery this financial year (2017/18).
The Council has submitted two bids under the National Productivity Investment Fund. The funding is for 2018/19 and 2019/20. Peterborough's two schemes are the A605 Stanground East Junction Improvements Scheme and the Junction 18 Capacity Improvements Scheme.
Additional Highway Maintenance Funding 2018/19
In 2018/19 Peterborough City Council was awarded additional funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) toward highway maintenance.
From the additional DfT funding that we received we spent this on carrying out place to place resurfacing works across the county and this has then improved the overall network.
Since this place to place resurfacing has been completed we have carried out a larger Surface Treatments programme to seal the road surfaces and extend the life of the carriageways. We used this approach across various categories of road and we have looked to improve this across the county.
The pdf below contains a few before and after photos of where the additional funding was used.