Dear Highways England Company Limited,

Subject matter:-

Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald told the Agency that it will not be carrying out the programme for the Area 10 North West region developed by its predecessor A-one+. Instead, it will do the minimum required under the terms of the contract to keep the Area 10 road network in a safe and serviceable condition.

The information I am requesting:-

i. The programme developed by A-one+.
ii. The exchanges between Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald and your authority about the limitations.
iii. How many of the poor condition bridges are in Area 10?

Yours faithfully,

Robert Collins

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Collins

 

Thank you for your request for information about the state of the North
West England bridges dated 8 December 2020. I am dealing with it under the
terms of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The due date for issuing a response is 11 January 2021.

 

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Dear Mr Collins

 

I am writing regarding your request for information received on 8 December
2020.  In that request, you asked us for information about Balfour Beatty
Mott MacDonald (BBMM) taking over the maintenance contract from A-One+  in
Area 10, North West Region. You requested:

 

1. The programme developed by A-one+.
2. The exchanges between Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald and your authority
about the limitations.
3. How many of the poor condition bridges are in Area 10?

 

I will be unable to proceed with your request without clarification of the
information you wish to receive in relation to question 2. Please specify
what limitations you refer to regarding the exchanges between Balfour
Beatty Mott MacDonald and ourselves.

 

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information requirements within three months from the date of this email,
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Robert Collins

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Dear Mr Collins

Thank you for your email of 22 April 2021.

I am unable to proceed with your request without clarification of the information you wish to receive.

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Dear OPS DMT (NW),

The limitations, the minimum required under the terms of the contract to keep the Area 10 road network in a safe and serviceable condition.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Collins

OPS DMT (NW), Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Collins

 

Thank you for you email of 27 April 2021.

 

In your original request, you asked us for the programme developed by
A-one+. I will be unable to proceed with your request without
clarification of exactly what information you wish to receive regarding
this. Did you mean the A-one+ Maintenance Requirements Plan document?

 

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Dear OPS DMT (NW),
If it was called the A-one+ Maintenance Requirements Plan document, yes.
Do you need more clarification?
Yours sincerely,
Robert Collins

OPS DMT (NW), Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Collins

 

I refer to your request detailed below under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 dated 8 December 2020 which you clarified on 28 April and
25 May 2021.

 

i) The programme developed by A-one+.

 

Following a search of our records, I have established that Highways
England do not hold a copy of the A-one+ Maintenance Requirements Plan
document or programme. However I have attached a copy of Area 10
Maintenance Requirements Plan for the Asset Support Contract dated
December 2012 which you may find useful, under Regulation 13 of the
Environmental Information Regulations personal information has been
redacted from this document.

 

ii) The exchanges between Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald and your authority
about the limitations.

 

Following a search of our records, I have established that the information
you requested is not held by Highways England.

 

The information you have requested therefore falls under Regulation
12(4)(a) of the Regulations.

 

Regarding your question below:

 

iii) How many of the poor condition bridges are in Area 10?

 

I would first like to explain the approach taken by Highways England for
managing the 22,000 structural assets on the Strategic Road Network in
England. Our first imperative is the safety of the travelling public and
road workers. All of our structures are safe. We make decisions on our
maintenance programme based on the results of regular inspections and
other detailed investigations.

 

We have a rigorous inspection regime to help ensure the motorway and trunk
road network in England remains safe and reliable. All of our structures
are inspected in line with the published standards in the Design Manual
for Roads and Bridges. This includes a general inspection every two years,
and a more detailed principal inspection typically every six years, which
identifies and records any defects in reinforced concrete, steelwork and
other construction materials.

 

We employ a team of structural and civil engineers to determine our
structures maintenance programme who are aided by national experts with
specialist knowledge to assist in the management of our structures

 

In developing our maintenance programme, we use the general and principal
inspection information together with a range of detailed analysis that
might include further inspections, defect analysis, laboratory testing of
materials, specialist monitoring and maintenance and strengthening
reports.

 

Highways England uses a calculation method to monitor the condition of its
structures strategically at an overall stock level. The model we use to
calculate condition scores for each structure is one that has been
developed nationally and is used by other bridge owners in the United
Kingdom.

 

The model is built into the Highways England structures asset database,
and automatically calculates condition scores for individual structures,
based on the results of the inspection reports. There are two condition
scores calculated, SCav based on the average condition of all the
structural elements, and SCcrit based on the lowest condition score for
the highest importance structural elements and components. The scores are
given a condition description, from ‘very good’ to ‘very poor’. It must be
noted that these descriptions are not a measure of safety.

 

The scores are aggregated for the overall stock of structures and this is
reported annually as one of our performance indicators to the Office of
Rail and Road and to the Department for Transport. They are used to assess
the overall condition of the structures stock and to help determine our
future investment programme.

 

Over recent years we have achieved a steady state for the condition of our
structures. In March 2020 we entered our second Roads Period (2020 to
2025) and have £200m additional funding for structures maintenance.

 

The condition scores are not used for operational management of an
individual structure but, as part of our maintenance process, we do
investigate structures categorised as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

 

Turning to your specific question regarding bridges In Area 10.  Overall
there are 972 bridges and large culverts, of which 599 have a key
component with a poor or very poor rating. This is based on the SCcrit
calculation. As an example a bridge may visually appear to be in a poor
condition, with paint flaking and steel surfaces rusting, however this
corrosion may only be superficial and its strength is unaffected.

We consider a more useful measure of condition to be the SCav condition
score of all the key components on each structure.  Using this measure and
by considering the same 972 bridges and large culverts in Area 10, there
is 1 bridge with a condition rating of poor or very poor.

 

I trust that this information sets the use of the condition indicators
into context for Area 10, and explains the asset management approach we
have adopted to ensure the safety of our structural assets for all of our
customers.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

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Dear OPS DMT (NW),

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Collins