Highways Asset Management Policy

Providing a safe, well managed, and resilient highway network for all who use it

Effective asset management is a key factor in delivering Hampshire County Council’s corporate priorities:

  • to improve health and wellbeing for all
  • to promote economic prosperity and protect the environment
  • to work with communities to enhance local services
  • to deliver high quality, cost-effective public services

Highway Asset Management Policy

Asset Management Strategy

Highway Maintenance Management Plan (HMMP)

The HMMP provides information on Hampshire’s approach to highway maintenance. It enables the delivery of Hampshire’s Highway Asset Management Policy and Strategy. The document aligns with National Codes of Practice (CoP’s) for Highway Maintenance.

The Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance – Well Maintained Highways defines the purpose of highway maintenance as:

The main purpose of highway maintenance is to maintain the highway network for the safe and convenient movement of people and goods. The core objectives of highway maintenance are to deliver a safe, serviceable and sustainable network, taking into account the need to contribute to the wider objectives of asset management, integrated transport, corporate policy and continuous improvement.

There are 7 key policies:

  • Policy HW1 – Enforcement and Prosecution: How we deal with illegal activities on the Highway
  • Policy HW2 – Licensing and Consents: Activities on the Highway requiring management and control. It provides guidance and links to standard forms
  • Policy HW3 – Highway Status: Adoption and the extinguishment of highways maintainable at public expense
  • Policy HW4 – Routine and Reactive Maintenance: Routine and reactive maintenance activities on the network and describes any adopted service standards
  • Policy HW5 – Structural Maintenance: Planned, structural maintenance activities on the network
  • Policy HW6 – New Infrastructure: Specifications and standards for new construction
  • Policy HW7 – Weather Emergencies: Routine and reactive activities during periods of severe weather
  • Policy HW8 – Network Management and Streetworks: Regulation and coordination of all road works on the highway

Highways Maintenance Management Plan

Communications Plan

It is important that we listen and communicate with customers. The Highways Maintenance and Asset Management Communications Plan outlines the following aims and objectives:

  • to provide clarity and transparency in the County Council’s approach to asset management and highway maintenance
  • to help people understand the County Council’s policy approach to asset management
  • to develop a performance management framework to highlight the work of the County Council
  • to continue to improve the successful use of social media for our winter maintenance operations to wider highway maintenance services