The purpose of this Code is to provide authoritative guidance on highway structures stewardship duties and the development of recognised Good Management Practice. The Code seeks to promote a degree of management consistency that, while enabling some individual flexibility, will form the framework for harmonisation and coordination of practices across the UK and the sharing of experience amongst authorities.
The Code has been developed around an asset management approach which allows bridge management activities to be brought together into a systematic and holistic framework for all the highway infrastructure assets. The Code assists authorities to compare their current practice against recommended Good Management Practice, determine any gaps in practice, and identify how they should prioritise their needs and progress towards Good Management Practice. The implementation of the Code is expected to provide highway structures that deliver the agreed network Levels of Service, in conjunction with the other highway assets, to the public in a most cost effective manner.