Issue 5 | Winter 2011


Howard Robinson, RSTA Chief Executive

Focus on highway maintenance
The recent Autumn Statement by the Chancellor gave some encouraging news to the highways sector with talk of more funding being invested in new road schemes and maintenance. The National Infrastructure Plan committed over £10 billion for maintenance and investment in key road and local transport schemes and a further £1.4bn has been committed to fund new strategic road schemes between now and 2015. It is unfortunate however that the government appear to want to invest mainly in new road infrastructure rather than allocating more funding....

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Chairman's view
Rob Gilespie, RSTA Chairman

A watershed year
Welcome to the Winter edition of the RSTA E-news, I am sure you will find the articles contained within it informative and topical and provide you with new understanding of road surface treatments...

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Advertising feature

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RSTA Sector updates

Clients' view

  • Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP): An update
    Matthew Lugg - Chair of Workstream 1, Seconded to Department for Transport
    HMEP is a £6m Government funded programme to deliver efficiencies across the highway maintenance sector. Since the launch in April the last six months of HMEP has been a busy period of mobilising resources... read more »

  • Construction Products regulations for Surface Treatments of Road Services
    C G Lewis - Technical Director, BSI Product Certification
    The Construction Products Directive (CPD) was implemented in 1991 and this required all construction products sold within Europe to comply with harmonised European standards... read more »

  • Road Maintenance – The views of the AA
    Paul Watters - Head of Roads Policy, Automobile Association
    In a dramatic turnaround from three years ago, the condition of the roads now beats the cost of motoring as the top motoring concern of the AA’s 15 million members... read more »