Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet is expected to approve a new approach to highway maintenance which will provide a sustained improvement to the condition of the county's roads and pavements over time and give Councillors a greater say on work in their area.
The change in approach to highway improvements results from a recommendation contained within a peer review of the service carried out in July 2013. The new approach is contained within the Transport Delivery Plan (TDP) which will be considered by Cabinet on April 15.
The new strategy:
Â· recognises the importance of all roads not just strategic routes in the county
Â· Adopts a preventative rather than reactive approach to highway maintenance and repairs
Â· Aims to provide a more even distribution of work across the county, better co-ordinate the work of highway teams across Cambridgeshire and to reduce the supply chain
Â· The new focus is also expected over the long-term to help cut the cost of road maintenance by between 10-20%
Â· Councillors will be given a greater opportunity to ensure local priorities are taken into account when maintenance and repair priorities are set
County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Community Infrastructure, Councillor Mac McGuire, said: "A key point made during the peer review was that the County Council's approach to highways maintenance should be focused around taking a long-term view which would maximise our ability to fix and improve the network within the resources available to us.
"This new strategy marks the start of a series of improvements to the way Cambridgeshire highways are maintained which will help us meet the expectations of the community while at the same time cutting the cost in the longer-term of maintaining the road and footway infrastructure throughout the county."