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What is HMEP?

HMEP is the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, which exists to support the sector on its journey to transform highway services.
HMEP does this by the highways sector, for the highways sector, working with people and organisations to enable change, so that greater savings and efficiencies can be achieved and the demand for improved highway services can be met.

HMEP is a £6million, Department for Transport funded and sector led transformation programme. HMEP connects networks from across the highways sector and provides the tools and resources to ignite ideas and help leaders and managers to transform delivery of roads and services through greater efficiencies.

The ALARM Survey 2016 states that increasing numbers of local authorities, 98% (of those who responded), are participating in the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme.

Leading practitioners from local highway authorities have already transformed the delivery of highways services by identifying and delivering significant and substantial efficiencies. HMEP knows the approach works.


Roads are one of our country’s greatest assets. Last year, the highways sector kept England’s local roads moving for over 47 million users. The recognition and importance of a well-maintained road network to economic prosperity and to local communities is higher than ever before.

While good progress is being made by the highways sector, a number of challenges remain:

  • The continued public pressure to “tackle potholes”

  • Real constraints remain on core revenue funding and councils continue to look for opportunities to prioritise, find innovations and to do more with less.

  • Growing public concerns about the condition of roads.

We all want roads that are fit for the future. While better roads remain a key priority for Government, businesses and the whole community, the need to deliver improved roads, more efficiently is set against a backdrop of tighter budgets, increased costs and greater demand from customers.

Well-maintained roads are being linked to wider economic growth and feature prominently in the Government Construction Strategy and The Industrial Strategy.

The report, ‘Managing a valuable asset: Improving local road condition’ published by the All Party Parliamentary Group for highways maintenance, makes recommendations to improve the condition of local roads.

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

The Secretary of State for Transport announced on 28th November 2016 further information on the additional £1.3 billion for road investment referred to in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.  £1.1 billion will be for local highways. It is expected that proposals seeking funding for road improvement from these funds should fulfil at least one of the following three goals:

1. To ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional or local routes.

2. To unlock economic and job creation opportunities; or

3. To enable the delivery of vital new housing developments to meet the needs of a generation of would-be homeowners 

The Government also released the allocations of the Potholes Action Fund for 2017/18.

£175 million of the additional road funding will be used to upgrade some of England’s most dangerous local roads and £220 million to relieve congestion on the strategic road network.  Further details of the plans for the remaining £975 million for local roads will be made available shortly along with confirmation of the arrangements for the highways maintenance Incentive and Challenge Fund elements.

This additional funding follows the Government’s commitment to invest in infrastructure to help drive economic growth, both locally and nationally.

Read more about the HMEP Vision and Annual Plan for 2014/15

Read more about HMEP's Objectives


Connect and Share

HMEP invites local highway authorities and their providers to connect and share their practices of ‘what works’ across the sector.

Connect with fellow professionals from across the highways sector and access real examples that can help ignite ideas.

Share your ‘real life’ efficiency practices, stories and experiences; to help other people, organisations and networks achieve greater efficiency.


 Join our HMEP Linked In group

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Receive HMEP updates

To receive an email alert about the latest news and updates on the programme, send an email to highwaysefficiency@dft.gsi.gov.uk with the subject 'Updates' and you'll be added to the email circulation list.