August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016

Future plans announced for Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme

It is a period of change for the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) as it is announced that responsibility for different aspects of the programme will be devolved to separate partners.

The asset management and procurement products HMEP has made freely available, for example, will be passed on to Local Partnerships (a joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association). In addition the National Highways and Transport Network – a subscriber-based, service improvement organisation best known for the NHT Public Satisfaction Survey – will take responsibility for HMEP’s Connect and Share resource.

HMEP documents will remain free to use and it is hoped the new system will present councils with even more support to present a coherent service to local highways authorities.

The ongoing HMEP ethos of ‘for the sector, by the sector’ will be maintained by drawing on the expertise of a range of stakeholders through a central steering group. The membership of that group is still being finalised but it is likely to include the DfT and representatives from local authorities, the private sector and professional industry bodies.

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