Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme
England has over 187,000 miles of highway, from country lanes to motorways. They are our single biggest transport asset and they provide a vital link for individuals, communities and businesses.
But these are testing economic times and we need to learn to do things differently, to drive down costs and drive up efficiencies. So I am delighted that my Department has been able to allocate funds to develop a comprehensive and long term efficiency programme aimed at supporting English highway authorities. Over the coming years, HMEP will provide practical and adaptable efficiency solutions. It will allow authorities to make more informed local investment decisions to support its local community and economy.
There are a number of unique selling points for this programme:
- It will be sector led - its scope and shape, and the emerging efficiency solutions, will be developed by the private and public sectors working in partnership.
- It is a change programme. Senior local authority personnel will be engaged, provided with opportunities to improve delivery and maximise investment, and it will be them who will lead and embed efficiency in their organisations.
- It will provide a gateway to the best efficiency research and practice from the whole sector. This will include case studies, tool kits and guidance.
- The ownership and running of the programme will transfer to the sector from 2013.
Finally, and crucially, the efficiency measures produced by the programme will be an offer to local authorities. The programme will make the case for efficiency as compelling as possible, but ultimately it is the choice of local authority senior personnel who know the best way to meet local challenges and whether to adopt the tried and tested efficiency opportunities being offered.
Please take some time to navigate around this web and revisit it on a frequent basis to see what is on offer and how you can get involved.
Norman Baker, MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
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