The City Council is committed to improving the condition of local roads and footways within neighbourhoods in Nottingham.

Area Capital Fund

The City Council continues to invest in improving local areas, including footways, with local communities across Nottingham. The Area Capital Fund is an area-based budget and schemes are determined by ward Councillors.

Highway Infrastructure Asset Management

Nottingham’s highway infrastructure is hugely significant and provides a vital contribution to the economic health of the City, as well as making an important contribution to the economic success of the wider conurbation. Furthermore, it provides a range of social and recreational benefits to our citizens.

The highway infrastructure is certainly our most valuable asset, it is essential that our highway infrastructure is managed in an efficient and effective manner in order to deliver an affordable quality of service that our citizens require.

In line with the ‘Well Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice: October 2016’ and the Department for Transport Incentive Fund Self-Assessment process, we have reviewed our existing policy and strategy and updated the content to reflect national guidance. The documents below describe how our highway infrastructure assets are managed now and to identify aspects for improvement across in the future;

Highway Safety Inspection Manual

Highway safety inspections are designed to ensure the network is safe and routinely checked for defects, which may have the potential to create injury or disruption to users of the highway network.

In October 2016, the UK Roads Liaison Group launched the new Well Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice: October 2016. It recommends that the safety inspection and defect repair regimes should be based on risk, in accordance with local needs, context and priorities. There are no longer prescriptive or minimum standards published at which an authority should intervene and repair a defect. It is for local authorities to determine appropriate levels of service.

The new Highway Safety Inspection Manual sets out Nottingham City’s approach to the safety inspection process outlined in the Code of Practice

Nottingham Winter Service Plan

The aim of this document is to describe how the highway winter service is set up to provide for the winter period and how it is expanded to cope with more severe weather.
Nottingham City Council aims to provide a Highways Winter Service which, as far as reasonably practicable, allows the safe movements of vehicular traffic on the primary highway network, while minimising delays and accidents directly attributable to adverse weather conditions.

The new Asset Management Policy, Strategy, and Framework along with the Highway Safety Inspection Manual and Winter Service Plan were approved by the Portfolio Holder

Maintenance Incentive Fund

The Highway Incentive Fund aims to improve local authority asset management capabilities, with an increasing proportion of maintenance funding allocated through this process. In April 2016, the Department for Transport announced the allocations of funding through the maintenance incentive fund for each local authority. These allocations are based on a self-assessment questionnaire that the local authority provides each year.

For 2021/22, Nottingham City Council is scored as a band three authority. The allocation will be used alongside the core maintenance funding.

Highway Maintenance Hierarchy and Resilient Network

To ensure the best outcomes for Nottingham’s highway infrastructure network, maintenance activities should be based on asset function and use, providing the foundation of a risk-based maintenance strategy. This is crucial in establishing and delivering achievable levels of service and maintaining a safe highway network to support businesses, residents and visitors to the city

This document explains how the Council has considered the carriageway and footway asset groups and how the maintenance hierarchy for those assets has been derived.

The document also considers the effects of severe winter weather, major storms, flooding and high winds that have continued to disrupt the availability of key highways and transport systems, including many local roads which have been flooded or snowbound for prolonged periods.

In 2014 the Secretary of State for Transport commissioned a Transport Resilience Review, a key recommendation of this was “that Local Highway Authorities identify a ‘resilient network’ to which they will give priority, in order to maintain economic activity and access to key services during extreme weather.”

The document sets out how Nottingham City has developed its maintenance hierarchy and resilient network in consultation with key stakeholders to manage the network more effectively, and maintain economic activity and access to key services during extreme weather

Both the maintenance hierarchy and resilient network are being used to support the management, prioritisation of, maintenance and replacement of highway assets in line with the guidance provide in the code of practice, Well-managed Highway Infrastructure and will be subject to a two year review to ensure they consider changing patterns in modes and priorities in transport.