Consultation outcome

Reinstating a road after street works: new edition of the code of practice

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Detail of outcome

Following consultation a new, fourth edition, version of the ‘Specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways’ has been created.

The main changes in the fourth edition are:

  • the introduction of new materials to aid compliance with air voids (compaction) requirements
  • rationalising the process for introducing innovation, to help speed up the introduction of new materials and methods in street works
  • a new specification for micro trenching
  • permitting the use of large diameter coring reducing site occupation times

The analysis, included in the revised version of the impact assessment, has been updated following responses to the consultation and decisions on the outcome.

The outcome and documentation was released on 14 May 2020.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

The summary consultation document for the fourth edition of the specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways was released on 14 May 2020.

Original consultation

Summary

Seeks views on a new edition of the 'Specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways', a statutory code of practice for street works.

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Consultation description

The Department for Transport is seeking views on a new edition of the ‘Specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways’ (SROH). This statutory code of practice sets out the standards that utility companies must adhere to when reinstating roads on completion of street works.

The SROH was last updated in April 2010. Since then, issues have arisen over interpretation of its requirements and many new innovations in reinstatement techniques and materials have been introduced. The new edition aims to address these issues and bring the document up to date. It also permits the use of new materials that make it easier to comply with the code’s requirements and help ensure reinstatements are right first time.

Documents

Specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways statutory guidance: fourth edition

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Consultation on the specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways

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Update to specification for the reinstatement of openings in highways: impact assessment

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Published 6 March 2019
Last updated 14 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Consultation summary documentation, impact assessment and outcome released.

  2. First published.