A highway authority is an organisation that is responsible for the management of public highways. This is how we manage them.
A Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP) is a document that helps inform investment decisions to help maintain our transport network. Our TAMP was updated in 2016 to reflect the recommendations in guidance published by the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme and the new ‘Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice’ published by the UK Roads Liaison Group. The Plan is particularly important because our current funding levels are not enough to keep all our transport assets in ‘as new’ condition. Transport assets include carriageways, footways and cycleways, highway structures (such as bridges), street lighting, street furniture (such as traffic signs) and highway land. The TAMP sets out what assets we have, what condition they’re in, and what we are likely to need in the future. This allows us to direct our limited funds effectively by applying the principle of ‘right maintenance treatment at the right time’ to minimise whole life costs. Our current TAMP is available to view below:
East Riding Transport Asset Management Plan 2016-2029 (pdf 8.6mb opens in new window)
East Riding TAMP - Appendix A - Data Management Strategy (pdf 495kb opens in new window)
East Riding TAMP - Appendix B - Network Resilience Plan (pdf 5.4mb opens in new window)
East Riding TAMP - Appendix C - Communications Plan (pdf 836kb opens in new window)
East Riding TAMP - Appendix D - Risk Assessments (pdf 483kxmb opens in new window)
A highway is any area over which the public have a right to pass and repass. A highway can, therefore include roads, footpaths, bridleways and byways open to all traffic (BOATs). More information can be found on our public rights of way page.
A highway authority is an organisation that is responsible for the management of public highways. This role can be held by a number of different groups.
In the East Riding, the council is responsible for managing local roads. Highways England is responsible for managing motorways and trunk roads – the M62, M18, the A63 and part of the A1033:
Highways England website (external website - opens in new window)
The council, as a highway authority, has to ensure that the public have safe passage along the highway and that the highway is not dangerous for traffic.
Every highway authority has to keep a correct and up to date a record of highways maintainable at public expense which may be inspected by the public. This is referred to as the list of streets.
As the local highway authority, the council maintains a large network of assets to support the public’s highway rights and enable over 26 million journeys a year. These assets include:
The value of all the council’s highway assets is over £3bn, however, there are a number of assets on the highway that the council does not maintain. These include private bridges, some bus shelters and street lights installed by residents or private businesses.
In many cases the council, as the highway authority, does not own the land beneath the highway. Only in special circumstances, such as the construction of a significant length of new road, does the authority purchase the land that a highway runs over.
It is normally assumed that the owner of land directly next to a road is also the owner of the adjoining section of the road up to the middle line. This is described in the Land Registry’s guidance:
Land Registry plans: boundaries (GOV.UK - external website)
Our long-term strategy for highways is set out in our Transport Asset Management Plan (TAMP), which was developed as part of the Local Transport Plan and adopted in April 2015. The TAMP is Appendix B of the Local Transport Plan strategy.
Investment in maintaining our roads is directed to where it will make the most significant impact in terms of achieving the council’s corporate priorities and our Local Transport Plan objectives. This means ensuring that the strategic routes are maintained in good condition, offering an alternative to the car for short journeys and minimising the use of energy and resources.
Current funding is not enough to maintain the whole network at the appropriate level and the plan for unclassified routes has become one of ‘managed deterioration’. This has been made worse by recent bad weather such as flooding and cold winters.
The authority receives a capital grant for highway maintenance from the Department for Transport (DfT) each year. This funding is provided for the replacement of existing highway assets, such the replacement of a road when it reaches the end of its life. Our capital grant for 2016/17 is £11m.
We also receive revenue funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). This funding is used for more reactive measures (such as pothole repairs), routine maintenance and other highway duties. Our revenue funding for 2016/17 is £14m.
A breakdown showing how our highway funding was spent in 2015/16 is included below:
To boost our existing grant funding we submitted a bid through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership's Local Growth Fundfor funding to carry out additional highway maintenance improvement schemes on our 'A' road network. We were successful in our bid and have now been awarded an extra £16.7m of capital funding to help maintain our 'A' roads. This money is to be spent over the next five years.
We received a further £690,000 from the Department for Transport as part of the Government's Pothole Action Fund for 2016/17. This funding is to be used on permanently fixing potholes on the roads or stopping them from forming in the first place.
The road network is in constant use and is subject to constant wear and tear.
If we wanted to bring all highways up to an ‘as new’ standard, we estimate it would require an investment of £200m. This is sometimes referred to as the maintenance backlog. Regrettably there is not enough money to fund all schemes and we have to accept that there will always be roads that are not in the best condition. Considering the amount of funding available, we have to prioritise our planned maintenance work carefully to ensure works offer value for money and maximum benefits for East Riding residents and visitors.
We have to make the most of our existing infrastructure and which means we have to get as much out of a road as we can. We do this by the use of preventative treatments where sites are suitable and affordable, and by planning more expensive reconstruction at an appropriate time. Acting too late means low-cost solutions may be unsuitable. Acting too early means we won’t have the money available for other roads in need, leading to more costly repairs later on and spiralling highway costs.
Our major maintenance programme is reviewed annually. Every public carriageway and footway in East Riding is assessed each year using the latest available data including condition surveys, safety records and input from the highway area engineers.
The data is gathered in autumn in order to put together prioritised lists for the following financial year. The carriageways are split into four lists: one each for A roads, B roads, C roads and Unclassified roads. Footways are split into two lists: Category 1 & 2 footways (busy urban footways) and Category 3 & 4 footways (less busy links and local access footways). Each programme is then developed by working down the prioritised list to make best use of our available funding.
The capital funding allocation that we receive from the Department of Transport is split between the different lists using an asset based methodology, taking into consideration the Performance Indicators (PIs) that we report annually. This means that each programme has its own budget attached to it.
Proposed highway planned maintenance works for 2016/17:
Please note that these schemes are indicative only and may be subject to change.
Further details will appear throughout the year on:
www.roadworks.org (external website opens in new window)
Some schemes are being delivered using funding from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) following the council's successful bid for an extra £16.7m of funding to improve 'A' classified roads in the East Riding.
All highways are regularly inspected to identify defects which are likely to cause a hazard to road users. Inspections are also carried out following reports from the public.
We assess the risks of the defects based on their size, depth and location and determine an appropriate response. We often find that defects do not require immediate attention. Where it is safe to do so, some minor defects are not repaired or are left for a longer period of time in order for more efficient repair methods to be undertaken.
If you see a pothole or defect likely to cause danger please report it giving dimensions (width, depth, length) and location in order that appropriate action can be taken:
Report a pothole
Yes, in the long term the cost of a surfacing scheme is less per square metre than pothole repairs, and the council does favour preventative rather than reactive maintenance. However the funding for more expensive surfacing schemes is often not readily available.
It is often necessary to undertake cheaper pothole repairs to keep roads safe as there is insufficient funding to do more expensive major repair works.
We do take account of the ongoing reactive costs associated with pothole repairs when we are producing our prioritised list of planned maintenance schemes each year.
The highways asset management team can be contacted on:
In March 2016 the government announced a new £250 million Pothole Action Fund to help local highway authorities across England tackle potholes on their local road networks.
As part of this fund we were awarded an extra £690,000 in 2016/17 to permanently fix potholes on our road network, or to invest in measures to stop potholes forming in the first place. As part of this we must publish a statement on our website setting out how we have spent our allocation from the Pothole Action Fund. This statement is available to view below. It confirms that the extra money was used to repair and prevent 8,938 potholes from forming on roads in the East Riding.
Department for Transport Pothole Action Fund 2016 ERYC (pdf 2.09mb opens in new window)