RSMA Welcomes Budget Announcement of Investment in Local Roads

27 October 2021

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) today welcomes the commitment in the Chancellor’s Budget to invest in cycling infrastructure and local roads in England.

However, more must be done to ensure that work on local networks is being completed by National Highways Sector Scheme #7 (NHSS #7) accredited road marking contractors.

NHSS #7 ensures that road marking contractors operate to the optimum level of professionalism, giving Local Authorities the confidence that their requirements are being fulfilled to the highest standards in a safe environment. A move away from ‘cheapest’ to ‘best value for money’ is the only way that this investment will have positive lasting effects across the local roads network.

Stu McInroy, CEO of the RSMA, said:

“Now is the time for Local Authorities to mandate within their contracts that road marking contractors working on their networks are certified to NHSS#7 standard by a UKAS accredited body. It is incumbent upon Local Authorities to spend this investment wisely on behalf of road users and this is achieved by employing only road marking contractors certified to the appropriate standard.

“Professionally installed and maintained road markings will establish consistency and longevity of infrastructure across the local roads network and ensure that the safety of the road users and road workers remains paramount.”

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