Buckinghamshire Highways Asset Management Strategy 2021

Last updated: 4 February 2022

Executive Summary

In November 2015 the former County Council adopted its first Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Policy and Strategy. These documents described how all highway infrastructure assets are managed in a coordinated and strategic fashion by Buckinghamshire Highways.

This Strategy was produced with clear intent to contribute to achieving the objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan and was revised in 2020 to align with the new strategic plan. The strategy is regularly reviewed, and this latest revision adopts several amendments required to keep the strategy live and up to date. The revision also references the certification of the Asset Management Framework under ISO 55001 and clarifies the scope of the strategy.

This Framework describes how the activities, processes and documents of BH interact. The Framework has been communicated to staff and stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding as part of ongoing training. The scope of this strategy covers the five main highway infrastructure assets (carriageways, footways, structures, street lighting and Intelligent Transport Systems) with individual asset plans contributing to an overall framework. The scope of this strategy does not include day to day operational management and reactive maintenance of the highway network which is set out in the Highway Services Policy

The Strategy includes a Performance Management Framework (PMF) of indicators. The PMF provides a clear line of sight from the Council’s Strategic Objectives contained within the Council’s Strategic Plan 2020 to 2023 to the implementation of works programmes. Asset Management Objectives are used to assess levels of service against which performance of the assets can be measured. The strategy also details how it will be governed, monitored and improved and how risks to its delivery will be managed.

The main changes to the strategy in this January 2021 version include:

  • Revised Asset Management Objectives
  • An updated Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis
  • An updated Asset Management Framework Diagram
  • An updated Footway Hierarchy
  • Revised leadership and governance arrangements