Consultation outcome

Proposed guidance for coring during streetworks inspections

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

The statutory guidance on Street works inspections coring is the outcome of this consultation.

Feedback received

Responses to the consultation on street works inspections coring

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Detail of feedback received

We received 66 detailed responses to this consultation:

  • 26 from utility companies, contractors and their representative bodies
  • 37 from highways authorities in England and their representative bodies
  • 1 from an interested company
  • 1 from an individual
  • 1 joint response from a regional highway authority and utility committee

The department has worked closely with the HAUC (UK) Inspections Working Group to consider the content of the responses. In light of those responses we have made some textual amendments to the draft document. Due to the technical nature of the subject and the detail in many of the responses we have only provided an overview of those responses and the changes made.

Original consultation

Summary

Proposed statutory guidance for carrying out investigations during streetworks inspections, such as coring, measurement of texture depth and material sampling.

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Consultation description

The street authority (county or unitary councils) has the power under section 72(1) of the 1991 New Roads and Street Works Act to carry out ‘investigatory works’ such as:

  • coring
  • measurement of texture depth
  • material sampling

to determine whether an undertaker (mostly utility companies) has complied with its duties to reinstate the highway to the required standard.

Following changes to the law, the statutory aspects of the current code of practice for inspections will become statutory guidance.

The Department for Transport is working with the Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC) Inspections Working Group to prepare this draft statutory guidance. The work is expected to be completed over 2016.

This consultation relates to the first element of this work - the proposed new statutory guidance on ‘coring’.

Documents

Streetworks inspections: consultation on new 'Statutory guidance for inspections - coring'

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Published 24 March 2016
Last updated 18 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Responses to the consultation and consultation outcome released.
  2. First published.