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Highways Network

Following interest from the Department for Transport (DfT), a partnership was formed between DfT, Ordnance Survey (OS) and GeoPlace to create a British platform for highway information using the best data available from authoritative sources. As a result, OS MasterMap Highways Network was created and released in March 2016 to the PSMA community (now known as the PSGA community).

Cost Benefit Analysis

GeoPlace commissioned ConsultingWhere to carry out an in-depth study to investigate the return on investment in address and street data for local authorities. ConsultingWhere have examined the costs and the benefits of the address and street data local authorities create. The study outlines the benefits afforded to local authorities in an number of areas including; reduced data duplication and integration, improved tax revenues, channel shift and route optimisation in waste management. Using a rigorous financial model, according to Treasury guidelines, the study also projects potential future savings, and identified likely futures areas of opportunity and growth for the sector. The key findings from the report are: • Government Investment in the LLPG/LSG over the period 2010-5 has yielded a net benefit of approximately £86m in savings from reduced data duplication and integration, improved tax revenues, channel shift and route optimisation in waste management • Future net benefits from the same applications are likely to be in the region of £200m over the next 5 years based on the current rates of adoption, this represents a Return on Investment (cost-benefit ratio) after discounting of 4:1. • The return could be significantly higher if barriers to adoption, particularly access to funds, staff retention and improved national collaboration are addressed. This we estimate could be worth additional benefits of £20m over the next 5 years. • National collaboration initiatives with potential to emulate the DCLG waste partnership include shared gazetteer maintenance services, enhanced analysis for education, social services, public health and emergency services.

Local authorities handed greater control of road network

From April 2012, the Department for Transport (DfT) handed greater responsibility to English local highway authorities for the management of the roads classification system.

Reducing congestion and delivering service improvement

This paper provides details about what the NSG contains in terms of data as well as details of how it can be used – in an easily readable format.

Keeping traffic moving

Roads and streets are part of the country’s infrastructure and currently there are over 1,226,000 of them listed in the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). Issues such as congestion, capacity planning, street works, accidents, incidents and maintenance can affect them all and has a severe impact on traffic flow.

Performance matters; analysing works on the road network

The UK Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC(UK)) have introduced a quarterly performance scorecard to analyse works on the road network. This initiative is extremely important in giving the true picture of what is happening on UK roads, it indicate how utilities and local authorities are performing, and helps identify major issues that need addressing in England & Wales.