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UKRLG e-newsletter May 2015
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Code of Practice review well underway

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The UKRLG Codes of Practice are under review.  The objective of the review is to update the advice in the Codes to reflect current developments in the sector and bring a fundamental change in the way highway infrastructure is managed in the UK, through the adoption of a risk based approach.  This covers the development or revision of guidance and advice for routine and cyclical maintenance, inspections, climate change and resilience, with the aim of reducing the overall cost of the service while not compromising statutory duties.

During February and March, a series of workshops were held in England, Scotland and Wales, the presentation material and report following the sessions are available on the Codes of Practice Review page:  click here.

South West analyses resilience challenges - latest in Transportation Professional

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South West analyses resilience challenges HIRAM – for Highways Infrastructure Resilience Assessment Modelling – is a tool to understand the potential impacts of climate change, developed in south west England. It has drawn paise from such as the Transport Resilience review.

Last year’s Transport Resilience Review (set up following extreme weather events) stated: “The South West Local Transport Adaptation Task & Finish Group has developed a methodology which concludes with the stages of prioritising adaptive actions to build resilience and embedding these within the Highway Asset Management Plan.”

The review panel was impressed by the methodology, believing it should be further developed and then disseminated so it can be used more widely. Jon Munslow from South Gloucestershire Council has been involved with the project, and what follows is an update on how this has developed since the review was published.

This is included in the latest UKRLG pages in Transportation Professional in May - click here.

Changes to how Transport Infrastructure Assets are assessed

New guidance is being released by CIPFA – the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy – to support the existing Code of Practice on Transport Infrastructure Assets.

This May CIPFA will publish new guidance to the Transport Code that aims to provide practical assistance to enable local authorities to implement the code effectively.
 

This guidance is intended to be of value to both local authority highways asset managers and finance teams responsible for the completion of the Statements of Account. The aims of the guidance are:

  • to provide finance teams with the details of the valuation approach taken by engineers and the systems and processes involved; and
  • to give engineers details of the information required by accountants.

Further information on this is included in the May pages for UKRLG in Transportation Professional click here, or look at the pages on the UKRLG website that provide information on Financial Reporting Guidance: click here.

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The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7336 1584, Fax: +44 (0)20 7336 1556, Email: justin.ward@ciht.org.uk

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