ORR warns over transition as Highways England awaits RIS 2

11/11/2019
Chris Ames

Highways England’s regulator has warned of a difficult transition between the current five-year Road Investment Strategy (RIS) and its second instalment (2020-2025), which remains unpublished.

John Larkinson, interim chief executive at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), said that as well as holding the government-owned company to account for its delivery under the current RIS, ‘we are also switching our attention to RIS 2 and the transition into RIS 2’.

‘It’s fundamental that you need to have a clear baseline for the start of a new RIS period, so Highways England needs to have a delivery plan in place, against which it can be measured. We want to learn some of the lessons from RIS 1, for example how we measure efficiency – making sure we have an agreed view with Highways England on how efficiency is to be measured over time,' he said.

‘But one thing that I think it’s just is impossible to underestimate is the transition between RIS periods. Five years ago, Network Rail got the transition between control periods badly wrong.

‘It was not prepared for the start of the new control period it was moving into. It didn’t have its plans in place, it got off to a poor start and it found it a long way back from there. And then it hit further problems which led to a deferral of renewals.

‘We’re going to be doing a lot of work with Highways England, with government, on the preparations for the start of the next RIS period, to make sure the plans and the resources are in there to deliver right from the start.’

The RIS 2 document has not yet been published by the Department for Transport and will not now be released until after the 12 December election.

Highways England will then need to publish its business plan for the RIS 2 period.

Before the election was agreed Elliot Shaw, Highways England’s executive director of strategy and planning, told the Transport Select Committee: ‘We need a new RIS in place by the start of the next road period.'

‘The Infrastructure Act sets out that there should always be a RIS in place, so if we get to the point when a RIS has not been published, we will need to come to some agreement with the Government on our plans.’

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Inside

  • Smart motorways' BCR problem
  • New lighting decision support tool

 

 

View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Parks Officer

£28,452 -£34,479 depending on skills and experience
Do you have experience of managing grounds maintenance contracts? Are you passionate about parks?    Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Manager

£47,391 per annum
We have an exciting opportunity for a Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Manager to join our Highways and Transport Service. Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Traffic Management Coordination Officer x 2 posts

£27,049 - £30,564
There’s never been a more exciting time to join Doncaster Council. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Doncaster Council

Local Highway Officer

£22,183 - £32,234
The Local Highway Officer role is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual looking to join our highways team. Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Operations Manager, Street Services

£55.017 - £58.242
This is an ideal opportunity for you to join the Royal Borough of Greenwich and make a real impact.   Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Highway Engineer - Reactive Maintenance

£35,354 - £40,506 incl. LWA, plus £963 car allowance
We make a difference to the environment we live in. Come and help us manage our highway infrastructure. Bracknell, Berkshire
Recruiter: Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Maintenance Manager

£43,857 to £47,782
We are currently looking for a strong candidate to take up the role of Maintenance Manager at Area 6 Boroughbridge. Boroughbridge, York
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Engineer Sustainable Development

£32,234 - £36,922 per annum
To help support this key area of work, we are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and forward thinking Engineer to... Stafford, Staffordshire
Recruiter: Staffordshire County Council

Senior Engineer (Streetscene)

£40,632 - £45,594
We are looking for 2 Senior Engineers to join our team to help deliver effective Capital and Revenue investments programmes to... Hackney, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Hackney London Borough Council

Neighbourhood Highway Officers - West and North

£28,672 per annum
We are seeking a recruit two Neighbourhood Highway Officers (NHO), to be based in Okehampton and Tiverton, Devon. Devon
Recruiter: Devon County Council

Warehouse Assistant/Driver

£20,903 - £24,491 per annum
The successful applicants will work as part of a team in a busy work environment to carry out warehouse and... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Planning Policy Manager

£61.470 - £64.704
Be part of Greenwich's vision to successfully accommodate a high level of sustainable growth, which... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Refuse Driver (Rolling Advert - applications checked weekly)

£30.032 - £31.610
It is an exciting time in Street Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Be part of a team who are... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Traffic Engineer

£32,301 - £37,491
We are currently looking for an experienced Traffic Engineer to join our Design & Engineering team.  London (Greater)
Recruiter: Hackney London Borough Council

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician

£12,656.10
This opportunity is primarily based out of our West Offices in the heart of York. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Refuse Driver

£30032 - £31610 per annum + (amount shown is salary plus allowances)
Refuse Driver (LGV Chargehand Driver)(starting total pay of £30,032 - this is made up of the base grade salary plus contractual overtime and allowance England, London, Woolwich
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Corporate Director (Environment, Communities & Leisure)

Up to £83,424 (pay award pending)
As one of our two Corporate Directors reporting to the Chief Executive to form our Senior Leadership Team your... Gedling, Nottingham
Recruiter: Gedling Borough Council

Senior Infrastructure Engineer

£45.834 - £56.141
This is a great role in a vibrant and growing team; we’re looking for people with significant experience in... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Roads Technician

£18,812 - £23,791
This is a great opportunity for you to join Lincolnshire County Council's Technical Services Partnership as... Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Roads Engineer

£25,991 - £35,745
We are looking for people to join one of our three Roads teams, made up of around 30 friendly and enthusiastic professionals. Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video