Highways Programme of Work 2021-2022 

Using our highways asset management approach, we identify and prioritise what maintenance, repair and improvement work to do each year.

Highways budget 2021/22

Highways funding is split into two areas – revenue and capital. Revenue comes from the Council Tax and is utilised for day to day maintenance activities. Capital funding is provided by central government grants and the councils own investment and delivers improvements to the road network.

For the 2021/22 financial year, the highways revenue budget is £9.4 million and the capital budget is composed of £15 million DfT government funding and an additional £3 million Council investment.

The level of funding  needed to stop the public highway network in the borough getting worse is currently estimated to be  per annum £28 million for revenue activities and £27 million for capital works.

Revenue maintenance of network

These day to day activities include gully emptying, small scale repairs to drainage, bridges, traffic signals etc, repairing defects such as potholes and dealing with emergencies such as diesel spills and road traffic collisions, customer enquiries and managing works on the highway including those carried out by other organisations.  

Revenue Budget
Source 2020-2021 (£) 2021-2022 (£) Change (£) Percentage
Change (%)
Council £9,633,000 £9,436,000 -£0.197,000 -2%
Annually we review the budget available and develop a plan to make best use of the available funding to maintain the public highway efficiently. This year the budget has been allocated across the key service areas as follows:

 

Capital maintenance of the network

These works are improvements that will maintain and extend the life of the various elements of the highway and provide additional facilities. These elements include road surfaces, drainage, bridges, street lighting and safety fencing. 

Capital Budget
Source2020-20212021-2022Change       Percentage
Change
Central Government -
Department for Transport (DfT)
£19,002,000 £15,051,000 - £3,951,000 -21%
Council Investment top up £1,700,000 £3,000,000 £1,300,000 76%
Budget
Total 2021-2022
£20,702,000£18,051,000- £2,651,000-17%

Annually we review the budget available and develop a plan to make best use of the available funding to keep the public highway safe. This year the budget has been allocated across the key service areas as follows:

The road repair programme aims to maximise the available budget to manage the decline of the condition of the roads and allows us to plan which roads we will be investing in.

Due to the reduction in funding, we will only be able to focus this year’s budget on the key routes on the highway network (i.e. the A, B and C class roads and other important link roads). This means that our programme of work will focus  on the roads that carry the most traffic and directly impact on schools, businesses, residents, vulnerable users, cyclists and pedestrians, shops, waste centres, bus users and emergency services.

Beyond these main parts of the network, no further road repair works are programmed to be undertaken in 2021-22.

Our work programmes are set on an annual basis and are dependent on the amount of funding available. We will begin to prepare these programmes later this year using the latest road condition data gathered.

Maintenance and inspections

We will continue to keep the network safe through our schedule of inspections and respond to ad hoc enquiries and, where necessary, repair identified defects, in line with our code of practices for Highway Safety Inspections.

We encourage people to report any road defects, including potholes by using our report it tool:

Strategy for 2021-22

The footway repair programme aims to maximise the available budget to manage the decline of the condition of the network and allows us to plan which footways we will be investing in.

We will continue focussing this year’s footway allocation across all routes on the highway network and prioritise in line with our approved methodology   This means that our programme of work will continue to concentrate on footway condition to enable funds to be used in the most effective way.

Maintenance and inspections

We will continue to keep the network safe through our schedule of inspections and respond to ad hoc enquiries and, where necessary, repair identified defects, in line with our code of practices for Highway Safety Inspections.

We encourage people to report any footway defects by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-22

Maintaining the condition of the highway drainage systems is a complex activity and the drainage programme aims to maximise the available budget allowing us to plan which drains we will be investing in.

This year’s programme includes investigation activities reactive works, new installations, repair work generated from regular maintenance work, routine drainage repairs and work required following recent extreme flood events.

The programme includes an additional £1.2 million investment into the repair and improvement of the drainage system damage caused by Storm Christoph. 

Maintenance and inspections

We will continue to maintain the roads through inspections and enquiries with reactive maintenance in line with our code of practise to keep the network safe.

Our gullies are kept clear through our ongoing gully maintenance programme and as a result of various weather events impacting on the network, we are working to empty all gullies across Cheshire East.

We encourage people to report blocked gullies by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-22

The bridges and structures programme aims to maximise the available budget to maintain the condition of all types of structures (bridges, retaining walls and culverts) and allows us to plan our work based on which structure requires the most investment.

An additional investment of £1,400,000  million will be included in this years  structures programme.

This year we will continue to deliver a programme of schemes to keep our bridges and structures safe and operational, within the available funds.

Urgent repairs and maintenance works that are required are prioritised on a risk-based approach and depending on the available budgets.

Maintenance and inspections

We undertake regular inspections of all assets that we are responsible for in line with current Codes of Practice. This includes special inspections in circumstances such as where structures have had collision damage.

From our inspections, we develop and prioritise a forward programme of bridges and structures maintenance schemes to ensure safety and functionality.

We encourage people to report any issues by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-2022

We have invested significantly in street lighting over recent years to reduce energy consumption, carbon produced and save costs by replacing over 95% of our street lights to LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting.  

This year’s programme is targeted at completing the replacement of aged and defective street lighting, electrical testing and upgrading to LED lanterns as they last longer and are less likely to develop faults.

An additional investment of £400,000 will be included in this year’s programme.

In addition to this the Council has committed to invest a further £625 per annum over the next two years to replace the existing highway sign lighting and illuminated bollards with LED lighting and solar power as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Maintenance and inspections

We prioritise urgent repairs that are required following inspections and through reports on a risk-based approach and depending on the available budgets.

We encourage people to report any street lighting issues by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-2022

The traffic signal programme aims to maximise the available budget to improve and replace traffic signal-controlled junctions and controlled crossings. The programme allows us to plan our work based on which controller is reaching end of life, ensuring that all new crossings and the replacement of old crossings meet the latest national standards, using extra low voltage cabling and equipment to reduce costs and our carbon footprint.

Maintenance and inspections 

We prioritise urgent repairs that are required following inspections and through reports on a risk-based approach and depending on the available budgets.

We encourage people to report any traffic signal issues by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-2022

Road markings convey important information and requirements to road users about what they can or cannot do. When used appropriately, they make a vital contribution to safety and traffic management.

This year’s programme of works for road markings is implemented to target areas that have deteriorated in condition and are identified and prioritised based on  police reports, road safety engineering recommendations and condition surveys.

Maintenance and inspections 

We prioritise urgent repairs that are required following inspections and through reports on a risk-based approach and depending on the available budgets.

We encourage people to report any traffic signal issues by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-2022

As part of the council’s safety barrier strategy, the condition of all safety barriers is assessed over a four year cycle with each annual survey assessing 25% of the barriers. The purpose of the survey is to record the condition of the barriers and identify which should be prioritised for repair and replacement across the Borough.

Maintenance and inspections

We encourage people to report any traffic signal issues by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

Strategy for 2021-2022

The Council is focused on providing a safe highway network for all road users and as part of this has a key target to see the reduction in the number of killed and seriously injured on roads in the borough. This focus is shared with many other organisations including Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service with whom we work to deliver education, engineering measures and enforcement in the pursuit of safer roads.

This year’s engineering programme includes a variety of initiatives and schemes to help improve road safety and reduce the number of road traffic collisions and and associated injuries.

All road safety schemes across the Borough are prioritised using the Police Stats 19 road traffic collision data to identify key accident locations.  These are assessed to determine if engineering measures will help improve road safety and solutions designed where appropriate .

Maintenance and inspections

We encourage people to report any traffic signal issues by using our report it tool: www.cheshireeasthighways.org/report-it-general.aspx or by calling 0300 123 5020.

The Council has clear ambitions for delivering sustainable and inclusive economic growth and environmental improvement. A key element of achieving these ambitions is delivering investment in transport infrastructure that supports cycling and walking, including on the journey to schools. A step change in levels of walking and cycling across Cheshire East will contribute to the Council’s strategic outcomes for environmental improvement, health and wellbeing, the local economy and communities. Cheshire East Council has committed to delivering local action to tackle the climate change emergency by encouraging and supporting people to walk and cycle more,  making an important contribution to this imperative.

This year’s programme includes feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction of schemes that have been identified through the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs), the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel funding in response to the Covid-19 recovery, Sustrans scheme development funding and engagement with stakeholders including councillors, schools and community groups.

Schemes are prioritised against the objectives of the Local Transport Plan, and Sustainable Modes of Transport to Schools (SMOTS) objectives where appropriate, as well as if they are technical feasible, offer value for money and are likely to attract additional funding.

Delivery of schemes is subject to external influences including design constraints, landowner agreement and objections to legal processes.  Therefore, a degree of flexibility will be applied to schemes delivered where appropriate.

 

Plans can change for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Coronavirus COVID-19 – adjustment of working practices and delivery plans as necessary to ensure full compliance with the latest government guidance and availability of resources.
  • weather
  • unexpected scheme-specific issues
  • new priorities arising
  • unexpected costs

For more information on how we make repairs and improvements, see road condition and repairs.

For information on what happens when we close a road, see how we manage road closures and diversions.


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