"explain the apparent increase."
More snouts in the trough?
Highways England, the authority responsible for the nation's roads and related infrastructure, is asking tech vendors to bid for a project worth up to £15m to replace its ageing pavement information management systems. Still running on an unsupported Windows 2003 system, the Highways Agency Pavement Management System (HAPMS) …
Highways England aren’t too bad, they are responsible for the trunk road network (motorways, and significant a roads). The rest falls under local authority responsibility and it is these that are really seriously falling apart, largely as a result of massive funding cuts.
Spent a few years working in highways maintenance systems, at both local and trunk road level, interesting field, full of the usual basket case companies and beauracracy. From what I remember, Confirm was not a bad product
>Confirm was not a bad product
So apart from it running on Windows 2003 what's wrong with it? England's not getting significantly bigger so the system won't need to scale up much, it just needs a refresh so it can run on a modern, supported, platform.
I'd guess the pavement <=> road thing is that the code either originalted in the US or was written by an American contractor. Either way there's probably newer versions floating around in the US, you may not need to touch a thing (even if you do insist on driving on the wrong side of the road).
"I'd guess the pavement <=> road thing is that the code either originalted in the US or was written by an American contractor."
No, that's standard British highway engineering terminology. The BSI Glossary of Building and Civil Engineering defines 'pavement' as 'Road, runway or similar structure above the subgrade'. I.e. it's the stuff you drive your car on, in the UK usually concrete or asphalt concrete (what used to be called tarmac).
And here, 'highway' is not the American word for motorway, but a 'Way over which the public has the right to pass. The right may be restricted to specific classes of traffic.'
"economic evaluation of pavements" ... they've already done that and are trialling schemes to allow companies to pay for the right to dump electric scooters wherever they want on pavements - pedestrians don't contribute anything economically so there's no reason why they should think they should have a right to walk unimpeded on them.
That bit should be easy for the pavement on my street : it will just show a photograph of a pile of rubble, as that's the only possible next state of it after it having been dug up and reset so many times over the past few years by Openreach, Sky, the water and electricity companies........... half the paving slabs are cracked or at severely wonky angles, and autumn is especially fun when the luxuriant tree foliage dumps tons of leaves on them, which turn walking into a lucky dip of guessing where the pavement will be on your next step. Then the leaves decay over the next couple of months, into a sort of frictionless slime, as it appears that there is no money available for some kind of "sweep" system.............
That anti-skid surface coating that was applied to existing roads has IMHO caused a more rapid deterioration of the surface that is underneath the coating. Potholes galore
Then there are the speedbumps that sit in the middle of the lane. Once again there is every chance that the bump surface will crack and crumble due to the hammering the things get thousands of times a day.
I don't envy anyone taking responsibility for this mammoth pile of crap that is the surface of our roads.
Picture the scene...
Wet mornings & afternoons, on my moped in rush hour, local water board digs up road for about 3 - 4weeks, till the happy Friday afternoon comes along & they are all done, road clear & traffic flows normally.
Monday morning back to square one as electric company now decides to dig up the new section & make repairs for the next 3 - 4 weeks.
Repeat as Bluish Gas & Brutish Telecom finally get a go at digging up the newly re-resurfaced road & making their own repairs for the next 8 - 9 weeks.
Lots of comments about local roads, but they have nothing to do with Highways England. If your local pavement/sidewalk or road/pavement is bad, speak to your local council as it's their responsibility. Highways England are responsible for Motorways and major A Roads ONLY.
You can often tell when you leave a local council maintained road (Motocross track) and enter a Highways England maintained road by the fact that the surface suddenly becomes smooth, level, and well drained.