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Roads: Maintenance

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What is the extent of the current backlog of road maintenance; what are the estimated costs of removing that backlog; and what is their estimate of the time needed for removing the backlog. [HL4990]

The National Road Maintenance Condition Survey for 2005 showed that the 10-year plan interim target to halt carriageway deterioration by 2004 had been achieved. We have encouraged local authorities to produce asset management plans for local roads. As more of these become available we expect to gain a better understanding of the investment required, and the timescales that local authorities are planning, to bring local road condition up to the appropriate operational standards.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of the number of lorry journeys made in relation to carrying out all road repairs in England each year. [HL5022]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to reduce the volume of landfill waste resulting from the disposal of asphalt during road repairs. [HL5044]

The UK Roads Board, which brings together representatives of national and local government engaged in highways maintenance, has published Well-Maintained Highways, a code of practice for highways maintenance which the Department for Transport endorses. The code, which can be found at www.ukroadsliaisonqroup.orq, provides guidance on best practice for waste management and recycling.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which receives funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, encourages local authorities to specify recycled aggregates in their highway contracts. WRAP’s recycled roads campaign and related procurement guidance have helped to more than double, between 2005 and 2006, the number of local authorities directly specifying recycled aggregates in their highway maintenance contracts. Twenty-one per cent of local authorities now have such a policy in place.