About | Contact | SUBMIT PRESS | Advertise | FAQ
Newsletters | Twitter |
Software | Webmaps | Submit Press | Utilities | Geo BIZ | iOS | Social Media | LBS | Webinars | LiDAR | Cloud  

Top Geo News
Put Your News here! 

Avenza Releases Geographic Imager 4.5 for Adobe Photoshop

Got news? TELL US...
submit press to GISuser

Social Connect

GISuser Sponsor

Recent Site Additions
GISuser Sponsor

GISuser Videos

See also SpatialVideos Youtube

GISuser Sponsor

Home arrow News arrow Business arrow Kent County Council Cuts Pothole Costs     

post a GIS job * THE NEW GEOJOBS.BIZ!!! *  NEW CAREERS at Esri
See THOUSANDS of jobs on GeoJobs.Biz
Submit News/tips to press @gisuser.com
Kent County Council Cuts Pothole Costs PDF Print E-mail
Written by GeoPlace   
23 January 2013

London, 23rd January 2013 – Potholes are a blight to many road and footpath users. With winter here, the situation is set to get worse unless there is a change in funding or to the way local authorities manage their highway maintance. Kent County Council has embarked on a comprehensive overhaul of its highway safety inspection process to improve service delivery in repair of road defects.

The council has developed a system to reduce the occurrence of potholes and footway defects, and to find and fix swiftly those which do occur, with fewer Highway Inspectors and lower compensation claims.

Citizen safety has been a key driver in the project. Surveys consistently show that prevention and quick repair of potholes and trip hazards is a top priority, as further confirmed by views of elected representatives, media and call centre records.

Kent inspects and maintains over 8,500 km of highway and 6,000 km of footway. Efficencies of route optimisation, speedy communication using mobile technology, and integrated data have paid big dividends, with the added benefit to the safety, wellbeing and satisfaction of citizens. As a result of the overhaul:

  • compensation claims are down around 35%
  • repair orders are down 36%
  • the number of Highway Inspectors reduced from 40 to 12
  • the estimated cost savings are in the region of £5 million by end of next fiscal year

The problems caused by potholes and footway defects range from burst tyres and damaged vehicle suspension to broken bones – and consequent compensation claims. To some degree, the types of carriageway defects that can turn into potholes may be identified and repaired at an early stage to prevent potholes forming, and some footway defects are detectable before the height difference between paving slabs grows into a trip hazard. Early detection is an expert job undertaken by Highway Inspectors.

The challenge for Kent was to enable fewer Inspectors to carry out more inspections, to react quickly to reports of problems and to administer works orders more swiftly so that repairs are completed sooner. By integrating databases of information held by the council it was possible to construct a completely new inspection structure.

Routes are now continously maintained with information fed seamlessly to the works management system which holds defects and where inspection histories are recorded. Inspectors are equipped with mobile devices - improving access to data and the ability to receive citizen reports from the call centre. They are able to respond quickly by fitting these new calls into planned inspections, and to record findings and defects. By using a web based system the inspectors can identify routes to record histories and new defects.

Inspectors have the means and authority to generate works orders in the field, which are transmitted directly to Kent's road works contractors so that repairs can be completed as soon as possible, removing actual and potential hazards to citizens with maximun speed. This has resulted in a system which continuously maintains the network to its best possible standard, whilst also saving money.

About GeoPlace

GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace’s role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data for Great Britain. Through agreement with Scotland’s Improvement Service Company, coverage has been extended to include Scotland’.


< Prev   Next >

 Did you enjoy this article/news and want to stay informed? 
Click to subscribe to the 2X A Week GISuser Today E-Newsletter

Submit Your GIS/Geo News/PR

blog comments powered by Disqus
Geo EDU Tip
To GISP or Not? What Does It Mean To You? 
HOT Devices
Video - Trimble Positions and the Geo Explorer 6000 XH
Social Media Tips
10 Map Services Your Business MUST Be Listed in
Featured Events
  • Trimble Dimmensions - Trimble Dimensions User Conference is the premier event of the year for professionals wishing to stay on top of the most current information on a wide range of technologies. Nov 3-5, Las Vegas, NV.
  • InterGeo 2014 - INTERGEO is the world's leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. Oct 7-9, 2014, Berlin

 List Your Event Here 

THE GISuser Newsletter

See Recent edition

subscribe GISuser

We won't share your address!

Popular Stuff!

GISuser Site Sponsor

Partner Sites

lidar news



geojobs Geo jobs


A Spatial Media LLC property

Spatial Media, LLC ©2003 - 2013 All rights reserved / Privacy Statement