To consider the Highways Capital Programme 2020 - 2022
The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which sought approval of indicative highways work programmes which were proposed to take place during the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 financial years.
The programmes included the following –
· two year local transport plan (LTP) funded capital programme;
· two year bridges and structures capital maintenance programme;
The Committee discussed the report in detail requesting that Members be kept updated, at regular intervals, of highways related activities on a regular basis. The Committee also requested that the Council’s Head of Highways Services be requested to make representations to Highways England requesting that the grass verges on the A627(M) on the approach to Rochdale be cut and that litter be cleared form the same area on a regular basis.
No alternatives were considered. The programme had been developed according to Department for Transport (DfT) guidance and in line with other Greater Manchester Authorities.
1. That the highways work programmes to be delivered in 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, as circulated to Members of the Committee, be noted and approved in principle, subject to any final amendments being submitted to the Highways Service.
2. The Head of Highways Service be requested to regularly update Members of the Township Committee on highways related activity within the Township.
3. The Head of Highways Services be requested to make representations to Highways England requesting that the grass verges on the A627(M) on the approach to Rochdale be cut and that litter be cleared form the same area on a regular basis.
Reasons for the recommendation:
The selected schemes have been put together based on the principles of asset management which use network condition data, engineer inspections, life cycle planning and cost efficiency to produce the most efficient highway improvement over the course of the programmes.
Using Asset management techniques for scheme selection ensured that they were in line with recommendations from the DfT which enables the full funding allocation from the DfT incentive fund scheme. Authorities that are deemed not to be carrying out efficient highway improvements can have funding reduced and in the case of Rochdale, the maximum reduction would be £410,000.
Eligible for Call-in: Yes