The Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) has published a new report that encourages the sector to take a long-term approach to highway maintenance.
The ‘Invest to Save’ report will be published on the HTMA website today (Friday 13 February) and features a number of case studies.
Executive director Geoff Allister said: “We are keen to promote a move away from short-term reactive highway maintenance to a proactive long-term approach based on asset management principles. To achieve this proactive approach, we believe what is needed is some early up front capital investment thereby minimising the ongoing, and inefficient, revenue demand.”
HTMA was aware of a number of examples where English local authorities had taken this approach, so carried out a study to explore the potential benefits of investing early to safe money on highway maintenance.
Allister added: “The ‘Invest to Save’ report is based on a number of case studies and clearly outlines the commercial argument, the costs of inaction and highlights some wider implications for the economy.”