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 2014 states that increasing numbers of local authorities, over 80% (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.