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Inspectorate would streamline road spend

ROADS LOBBYISTS this week increased pressure on the Government to create a roads inspectorate to ensure roads budgets are spent more effectively.

The British Road Federation said the inspectorate would be independent of the Highways Agency.

It would use key performance indicators to identify where road expenditure is most needed and to ensure that money is spent as effectively as possible.

This contrasts with the current situation where the Highways Agency uses KPIs to monitor its own performance rather than that of the road network.

'KPIs can, if designed, presented and monitored carefully, be a valuable instrument for identifying problems/solutions and bottom up accountability - not just a tool for top down political control, ' says BRF's report Roads to improvement: getting the most from our road network.

The report says the inspectorate would take over the monitoring of strategic and local roads, a task currently split between the Audit Commission and Highways Agency.

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