Northamptonshire County Council and Kier Getting it ‘right first time ’ County Councils Network Annual Conference Annual Conference 19 th November, 2013. 19/11/2013. David Farquhar - NCC Greg Michael - Kier. Northamptonshire Highways Maintenance Initiative. Discussion today.
Northamptonshire County Council and KierGetting it ‘right first time’County Councils Network Annual ConferenceAnnual Conference19th November, 2013
David Farquhar - NCC
Greg Michael - Kier
Setting the scene - the contract Greg Michael
The catalysts- Why we did what we did David Farquhar
The new approach
Year 1 results
So what next? Discussion
Contract started in March 2008
Challenged the past
Credibility from real transparency
Engagement equal from both sides and with market
Our approach to risk
Did what we said
Deliver the best possible solution
Trust and true partnership leads to innovation
Community and stakeholder engagement
A snapshot of us in the county now
New student accommodation in Northampton Remodelling of Criminal Justice Centre
Less reactive and more planned repairs
All permanent repairs except for emergencies
Focus on prevention
Understanding and communication
The Northamptonshire Highways Maintenance Initiative (NMHI)
Launched April 2010
Getting it ‘right first time’
Reductions in budgets
Deteriorating condition of the
with roads and footpaths
Substantial increases in permanent/semi-permanent repairs - 90% of all repairs carried out (10% previously)
Efficiency savings of £457k from effective patching minimising temporary repairs.
55% increase in preventative surface treatments.
Longer term savings of £2.5 million are anticipated from the preventative approach.
Reduction in public reported defects of 23% for carriageway potholes.
Reduction in incident claims against the Council caused by poor road surfaces of 48%.
Nearly halved our CO2 emissions over a 2 year period through more effective planning of work.
Less miles travelled resulted in a £22,000 reduction in fuel usage (current figures).
Around approx. 3km of road repair patching completed.
Safer and better working practices.
Doing more whilst on site – achieved a 9% increase in defects repaired over and above what was initially identified.
Positive feedback from the public increased.
Recognition and Reputation;
Delay winter repairs until the weather improves to allow ‘right first time.’
Re-think the intervention levels and reclassifying some roads.
Offer an area package of repairs in partnership with the local community
Reclassify some roads/ introduce additional hierarchies to give more flexibility.
Reduce some rural carriageway widths and introducing passing places.
Reduce the asset with sign decluttering and sign rationalisation, including limiting the use of information signs and other street furniture.
Explore options for self financed and maintained street furniture.
Explore the options to enable more self help in terms of carrying out maintenance to the asset.
Make assets redundant e.g. close bridges, stop up roads and footways when it makes sense to do so and suitable alternative exists.
Signs informing the public of intention
Speed limits on roads awaiting repair
Robust communication to our customers about our challenges and solutions