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Provide better and safer services for citizens

The LSG is important to the delivery of a wide range of public services.  Geographically located data are reckoned to comprise 80% of all local government data and the LSG, with its road identifiers, is essential to the recording and use of these data as well as providing a host of information important to proper conduct of streetworks and transport management.

Although the NSG is the dataset that underpins the ability of each local highway authority to meet their statutory obligations, the NSG also enables authorities to perform;

  • network management duties

  • introduce fixed penalty noticing and permit schemes

  • coordinate activities on the highway network.

These duties enable local authorities to maintain safety, minimise inconvenience to people using the street, protect the structure of the street and the integrity of apparatus in it. 

The information contained within the NSG can be used for applications involving mobilisation, routing and scenario-based risk assessments. The Additional Street Data contained in the NSG provides essential information for the emergency services, such as traffic sensitivity, bridges and other structures.  The NSG is also valuable for data management and recording of incidents. It is also possible to use the NSG for flagging environmental information so that the impact can be assessed on an incident by incident case.

Many highway authorities have implemented the NSG corporately to underpin other areas of their business such as:

  • highways asset management

  • gritting and salting routes

  • route optimization

  • waste collection

  • emergency planning and response

  • safe routes for schools

  • CRMs leading to improved council services

  • flood prevention and alleviation

  • management of footpaths

  • management of public rights of way

  • traffic calming schemes

  • online fault reporting

  • identification and management of roadside nature reserves

  • management of street name plates

  • street lighting repair and maintenance

  • risk management services to deal with highway related claims

  • management of highway drainage components such as drainage gullies

  • management of contracts for sponsored street signs

  • management of vehicular crossings on the public highway

  • management of highway structures such as bridges

  • management of traffic signal installations, illuminated signs and bollards.