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Title: Stakeholder perspectives of street works management in England
Authors: Hussain, Rizwana S.
Brien, Nigel T.
Gartside, David J.
Enoch, Marcus P.
Ruikar, Kirti
Keywords: Construction
Highways
Local government
Management
NRSWA street works
Policy
Utilities
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: WIT Press
Citation: HUSSAIN, R. ... et al, 2015. Stakeholder perspectives of street works management in England. IN: WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, Volume 168, Southampton: Wit Press, pp. 867-878; Sustainable Development, Vol. 2.
Series/Report no.: WIT Transactions on The Built Environment; 168
Abstract: It is widely recognised that street works are disruptive, have high social costs and are deleterious to highway structures. Notwithstanding this, utility works are critical so that society can enjoy the amenities of a modern world. In striking this balance, this study investigates the policy landscape of street works management in England to gain an insight into stakeholder perspectives of the industry. Semi-structured interviews with industry stakeholders have helped to identify the complexity of the industry and revealed that a number of issues compromise effective street works management. Principal problems include Street Authorities failing to take enough ownership of the coordination process, highway legislation not encouraging joint working due to inherent challenges arising from reinstatement guarantees, and entrenched attitudes and adversarial practices in the construction industry encouraging silo working. Key recommendations include amending highway legislation to support and recognise multi-agency working and Street Authorities undertaking reinstatements on behalf of undertakers to help reduce fragmentation and discharge undertakers of onerous guarantees which contribute to silo working.
Description: This is an Open Access paper made available by special arrangement under a CC-BY 4.0 licence. It was presented at Urban Transport 2015: 21st International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, 2-4 June, Valencia, Spain and subsequently published as part of Sustainable Development, Vol. 2.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the EPSRC [grant number EP/G037272/1] and Derby City Council.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18164
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.2495/SD150762
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