What is asset management?
The 2004 CSS Framework for Highway Asset Management definition is:
“Asset Management is a strategic approach that identifies the optimal allocation of resources for the management, operation, preservation and enhancement of the highway infrastructure to meet the needs of current and future customers.”
More simply, it is knowing all about our assets and using that information to plan and prioritise how we look after them. To do this efficiently and effectively and to provide best value for money we need to know:
- What type of asset is it, for example, road, bridge, street light?
- Where is the asset located?
- Why is it there, how does it assist the network management and operation?
- When will it need to be inspected, maintained or replaced?
- How long will it last? How much will it cost to replace or repair, now and over its life?
- Who will is responsible for it and who will be carrying out any necessary work?
Derbyshire’s highway and transport asset in 2015 may be summarised as:
- 674km of ‘A’ Roads, 474km of ‘B’ Roads, 1,303km of ‘C’ Roads and 2,850 km of unclassified roads, giving a total of 5,301km (3,293 miles)
- approximately 4,500km of footways alongside our roads
- 324km (201 miles) of cycle ways and greenways
- 49,784,978km (3,093 miles) of Public Rights of Way
- 1,060 highway bridges and structures plus approximately 1,000 rights of way footbridges
- approximately 900km of highway retaining walls
- approximately 3,000 traffic signals
- approximately 92,000 road lighting columns
- the length of the road network covered by precautionary salting/gritting during winter amounts to 2,565km
- signs, road markings, safety fencing, trees, horticulture and drainage
- 22km of canals with six working locks
- does not cover trunk roads or motorways, which are the responsibility of Highways England
- local roads within the City of Derby, which are the responsibility of Derby City Council.