Our ref: FOI-2376-1617
Thank you for your email received on 27 February 2017 asking for information about the A243.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.
- A copy of your current road maintenance policy relating to that road. Please send me the full policy, but this should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out.
Please see the information below:
Frequency of road safety inspections
A243 High speed Strategic Route (50/60/70 mph) 1 week or Strategic Route 1 month. Depends on the speed of the carriageway at that location
How these inspections should be conducted
A systematic approach to the identification and recording of defects, and a risk-based approach to dealing with them.
Risk factor is established using an impact and probability matrix. This factor will determine the overall seriousness of the risk and consequently the speed of response to action the defect.
Safety inspections shall be undertaken on foot at frequencies to reflect the characteristics of the particular element of the Affected Property and its use ,and at times of day which enable the inspection to be carried out thoroughly and safely. However, on high speed Strategic Routes (50/ 60/ 70 mph), on roads where there is no footway, or roads where the carriageway is too wide to identify defects from the footway, safety inspections shall be carried out by two operatives in a slow-moving vehicle
A Carriageway (Defect) pothole shall be classified as:
- A pothole 20mm or deeper over 100sqcm or more within 1.5m of the kerb or within a formally marked cycle lane
- A pothole 30mm or deeper over 100sqcm or more elsewhere
Maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out
Based on risk factor matrix score:
16 or 20 Cat 1(ECO*) Attend and take appropriate action within 1 hour (for defects affecting the
Strategic Route Network) or within 2 hours (for all other parts of the Affected Property)
8 to 15 Cat 1 Make safe or complete temporary or permanent repair within 24 hours
6 Cat 2H Complete permanent repair within 7 calendar days
3 to 5 Cat 2M Complete permanent repair within 28 calendar days
1 or 2 Cat 2L No response required
- A copy of the road repair history for that road over the past year. Again, please send me the full road repair history, but this should include: - dates of all safety inspections between 29th December 2016 and 26th February 2017. - details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc) - details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time - details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.
Please find attached Inspection and Defect Records for A243 as requested.
This network section is both walked and driven.
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Transport for London