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Planned Highway Maintenance 2019-20

Meeting: 12/02/2019 - Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee (Item 32)

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To detail highway (carriageway and footway) maintenance works carried out during 2018/19 and present a proposed planned highway maintenance programme for 2019/20.

Decision:

Resolved that –

 

1.    The current status of schemes from the 2018/19 planned highway maintenance programme as detailed in Annex 1 of the report, be noted.

2.    The prioritised planned highway maintenance programme for 2019/20, as detailed in Annex 2 of the report, be approved, with Officers delegated to deal with any in-year changes that may prove necessary.  

Minutes:

The Committee considered the proposed planned highway maintenance programme for 2019/20. Valued at over £800m, Kingston Council’s highway network (comprising both carriageways and footways) is the most visible, well used and valuable physical asset which the Council is responsible for. To meet the Council’s corporate objective of providing a safe and sustainable highway network for businesses, residents and visitors, will require considerable investment in the heavily used highway assets to maintain them in a serviceable condition. The highway maintenance needs have been reviewed, as set out in Annex 2 of the report, and prioritised on a borough-wide basis.

 

The Annual Highway Investment Programme has traditionally been made up of Council’s capital funding to deliver the planned maintenance programme for non-principal roads, and funding from Transport for London (TfL) for maintenance of principal roads. In 2018 TfL suspended funding for strategic and principal road maintenance as part of the Local Improvement Plan (LIP) settlement to authorities for two years due to TfL’s constrained budgetary position. The planned maintenance programme for this year is, therefore, funded entirely from council capital which will only apply to non-principal roads.

 

The Committee were asked to approve the proposed £1.75m that has been included in the draft capital budget for 2019/20 for highways and footways planned maintenance.  This sum matches the sum for 2018/19. The 2019/20 budget and the Medium Term Finance Strategy (MTFS) is due to be considered at the Finance and Contracts Committee and Budget Council in February. The allocation for 2018/19 was £1.75m, and £100,000 was secured from TfL for the most essential maintenance of principal roads. An additional £396,000 was provided directly by the Department for Transport (DfT) in November 2018 for delivery in the same financial year. An update on the progress of 2018/19 schemes was provided in Annex 1 of the report.

 

Resolved that –

 

1.    The current status of schemes from the 2018/19 planned highway maintenance programme as detailed in Annex 1 of the report, be noted.

2.    The prioritised planned highway maintenance programme for 2019/20, as detailed in Annex 2 of the report, be approved, with Officers delegated to deal with any in-year changes that may prove necessary.

 

Voting: Unanimously in favour.