Tarmac boosts local road network efficiency with new asset management service

Tarmac has launched a bespoke asset management service offering local authorities comprehensive highways condition reports, help to unlock investment and a preventative maintenance model to combat network decline. 

The company has forged a strategic partnership with leading highways data specialist Gaist, and Metis, a civil engineering consultancy specialising in highway asset management.  Working collaboratively, the trio has the proven capability to offer an end-to-end asset management service, from data collection and analysis through to securing funding and scheme delivery.

Peter Hyde, Tarmac highways services director, said: “Highways networks are often local authorities’ biggest asset, yet many councils are struggling with maintenance, trapped in a cycle of inadequate funding and inefficient reactive repairs. Our pioneering asset management offer will empower local authorities to build a data-led and financially sound highways investment and works programme. These will ultimately provide socio-economic benefits that ultimately cut maintenance backlogs while delivering long-term savings.”

Steve Birdsall, managing director at Gaist, said: “Everything we do is led by data, and by helping clients to understand their road assets we can help them to develop an optimised strategy to promote innovation, deliver better performance and improve customer satisfaction.

Simon Jones, director at Metis, added: “A data-led asset management plan is key to unlocking funding both internally and externally.  We have the capability to assist with evidenced based business cases and securing Band 3 status through the Department for Transport’s Incentive Fund. Our long-term view facilitates efficiencies through our collaborative approach to optimised multi-year maintenance programming.”

Tarmac and Gaist previously collaborated successfully on a four-year programme of work with Blackpool Council.  The comprehensive revitalisation of the town’s roads dramatically improved public opinion, while the adoption of a whole-life investment and treatment strategy is anticipated to save £100 million over the next 25 years.

Peter Hyde concluded: “As experts in our field, we are keen to help local authority clients unlock state-of-the-art solutions to drive cost efficiencies and increase performance. Tarmac is uniquely placed to recommend durable highways solutions as well as provide an understanding of the anticipated whole-life cost and performance of surfacing materials.  Together with Gaist and Metis, our end-to-end asset management service is a truly collaborative approach to managing the future of the UK’s highways network.”

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