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PAVING THE WAY TO BETTER ROADS

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A new code of practice leading to better maintenance of roads and ...
A new code of practice leading to better maintenance of roads and
pavements in local authority areas was unveiled today by transport
minister David Jamieson.
Addressing a conference in London Mr Jamieson said that roads were
the most important transport infrastructure in the country and must
be well maintained if they are to provide a good service to all
users.
The Code of Practice has been developed by the coordinated efforts of
the DTLR, the Highways Agency, the Scottish Executive, the National
Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Audit
Commission and the English, Scottish and Welsh local authorities.
Mr Jamieson said:
'This is a groundbreaking new code. It will pave the way for a better
local highwas service that we all want and need for the country, and
contribute to a better livability for everyone in their home areas.
'The neglect of local roads will take a long time to put right, but
in the 10 year plan we have committed ourselves to tackling all the
backlogs in carriageways, footways, bridge, and street lighting
maintenance during that period.
'Our first target is to stop the deterioration in carriageways and
fotways by 2004. This commitment will require extra funding and it
will be provided.
'The 10 year plan provides£30bn for local highway maintenance
including£9bn in capital funding - an increase of 23% in real
terms over the previous 10 years.
'We announced more than£1bn under the Local Transport Capital
Plan settlement for 2001/02 and 2002/03 - more than double the
settlement for 2000/01 in each year.'
NOTES
1. There are some 52,000 bridges on local roads in England. Some
4,700 of these, mainly on non-principal roads, still require
strengthening for 40 tonne lorries. Additionally there is a
backlog of some essential bridge maintenance on some 4,100
bridges. The 10-Year Plan will tackle both these problems.
2. There are five million street lighting columns in England, 27%
(1.3 million) are more than 30 years old. The 10 Year Plan allows
for necessary replacement that will arise in the coming years.
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