Policy, manual and plan for highway asset maintenance

Effective asset maintenance is one of the key factors to creating ‘A Thriving Oxfordshire’

Highway asset maintenance policy

Policy manual and plan for Highway Asset Maintenance

Oxfordshire County Council considers effective asset management to be one of the key factors to creating ‘A Thriving Oxfordshire’ and enable the delivery of the corporate priorities, namely:

  • Building a world-class economy
  • Supporting healthy and thriving communities
  • Enhancing the environment

Highway Asset Management is widely accepted as a means to deliver a more efficient and effective approach to the infrastructure assets through longer term planning. This is essential, as a good transport network is vital to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Oxfordshire. The roads provide access to jobs, services, schools, allow for the delivery of goods to shops and make the most of our free time and leisure activities. Our local roads have a key role to play in ensuring that transport in Oxfordshire delivers the services our residents need and provide local character.  In order that the transport network meets this need, the council will:

  • Deliver efficient public services
  • Provide leadership and enabling partnership working

Oxfordshire’s policy on Asset Management will meet the following aims and objectives:

1. Keep Oxfordshire Moving

To provide a safe, well managed, maintained and more resilient highway network for all who use it.We will make every effort to understand current and future requirements for the highway infrastructure and its contribution to creating a world class economy.In order to deliver this, we will continue to understand our stakeholders needs, promote levels of service and maintenance priorities for our highways.(Our adoption of an Asset Management approach will take a long-term view in making informed maintenance and investment decisions).

2. Improve the safety and condition of local roads, footways and cycleways, including resilience to climate change.

We will improve and maintain the condition of our roads and highway related assets with systematic prioritisation to mitigate safety related issues. Other key areas of the network such as premium bus routes, high pedestrian flow areas and cycle routes will be maintained in an appropriate manner. We will maintain the drainage asset (and associated structures) to prevent flooding on and from the highway network. 

3. Provide a sustainable approach

Oxfordshire will provide guidance on good practice and the levels of service provision we normally aim to provide. It should be noted that given the wide range of activities and locations this manual applies to, there may be some occasions when we have to depart from these policies in particular circumstances. Reviews will take account of whether any departures require amendments to policy.

Highways policies

Oxfordshire Highways policies provide guidance on good practice and the levels of service provision we normally aim to provide. It should be noted that given the wide range of activities and locations that these documents apply to, there may be some occasions when we have to depart from these policies in particular circumstances. Reviews will take account of whether any departures require amendments to policy.

Highway Infrastructure Management Policy

This policy is designed to maintain our highway infrastructure efficiently and drive continuous improvement in the way we look after our highway network to ensure that it continues to be safe, serviceable and sustainable. It sets out the high-level principles and the framework that will be adopted in applying asset management. It ensures we adopt and develop a strategic approach that takes account of the expectations of stakeholders and customers and targets the council’s resources to deliver a network that supports the future prosperity and well-being of the people of Oxfordshire. Setting out the links to the Council’s Strategic Plan.

Highways Asset policy documents 

Highway Asset Management Plan

Our Highways Asset Management Plan (HAMP) describes the process of asset management and sets out a strategy for managing and maintaining the county's highway infrastructure to deliver operational efficiencies and value for money in a risk-based approach.

The HAMP is a working document and subject to regular updating and review, the latest review was completed in January 2021

Oxfordshire’s Resilient Network

As an organisation we plan for winter and severe weather events to ensure we are prepared and react effectively to any abnormal conditions. Our Resilient Highway Network is defined as the portion of our highway network that is absolutely vital to maintaining economic activity and enabling access to key services during these extreme weather emergencies and other major incidents. The defined network identifies the most critical routes and associated highway assets, so that planned maintenance on that part of the network may be prioritised. This ensures that our defined Network is less prone to failure and ensures the county’s resilience to extreme weather events, industrial action and major incidents. 

The overarching aims of Oxfordshire’s Resilient Highway Network are;

  • to protect economic activity in and through the county;
  • to protect access to key services; and
  • to protect access to key infrastructure.
  • to keep Oxfordshire moving.