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Public performance reports

Roads and lighting

The Council Plan Connect, outlines our objectives for 2017-22.  Connect ambitions and objectives should not be seen in isolation, they interact with each other and as we achieve success in one, we move closer to success in others.  In delivering our vision to ‘improve the quality of life of everyone in South Lanarkshire’ our ambitions show how our work links with our partners including our Community Planning Partners. 

Each year we produce an Annual Performance Report which details how we have performed in achieving our Connect objectives. To complement the Annual Performance Report we have created a suite of individual Public Performance Reports.  This report outlines the performance in relation to our roads and lighting services.

Roads and lighting

A high quality and well maintained road network matters to everyone in South Lanarkshire.  Businesses use it to deliver goods and services; workers use it to get to and from their place of work; families use it during their everyday lives; and some use it to access leisure opportunities.  The road network is therefore critical to our economic success and to the well-being of our communities.  Good public transport helps reduce the number of cars on the roads and allows everyone, whether they own a car or not, to access the services and opportunities they need.  In response to the feedback received from residents through numerous surveys, and in recognition of the condition of the road network, the council has placed a high priority on improving roads and footways.  You can access the council’s Local Transport Strategy which sets out the council’s policies and actions in relation to roads and transportation in South Lanarkshire over the period, 2013–2023. 

Quality of the road network

For further information on the services available relating to the road network, follow the link to our webpage Transport and streets.

How much of our road network is in need of repair? – Target 33.5%

What this means This indicator shows the percentage of the road network that should be considered for maintenance treatment, based on information from the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey.  Roads within South Lanarkshire Council are surveyed by a machine, which collects various characteristics of the road condition.  ‘Considered for maintenance treatment’ means that there is likely to be some defect in the condition of the road.
Why this matters Councils spend a significant amount of money on road maintenance.  This is an indicator that looks at the quality of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and supplements the data in this report on cost of road maintenance.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Are we improving?
SLC 33.8% 33.5% 33.1% Yes
Scotland 37.0% 36.7% 36.4%
How we have performed in improving this public service The condition of our road network is steadily improving, evidenced by the year on year reducing percentage of the network requiring maintenance.  In 2016-17, the SCOTS survey results showed that the percentage of the road network requiring treatment was better than our target and better than the Scottish average, indicating good performance in this area.

The SCOTS survey also identifies the 'classification' of roads to be considered for maintenance:

  • 'A' roads are major roads which deliver the basic road links to certain areas of communities
  • 'B' roads are roads which serve a local purpose and connect to strategic routes
  • 'C' roads are mainly rural inter-connecting roads
  • 'U' unclassified roads are minor public roads

   A summary of performance in each classification is shown below. 

How many of our A, B, C, and U class roads are in need of repair?
What this means  As investment in roads continues, the condition of roads will improve and there should be less maintenance treatment/works required.   
Why this matters Councils spend a significant amount of money on road maintenance.  This is an indicator that looks at the quality of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and supplements the data on cost of road maintenance.
 'A' Roads  Comparator 2014-15 2015-16  2016-17 Are we improving?
SLC
(Target 22%)
21% 22% 23% No
 Scotland 29% 29% 30%
 'B' Roads  SLC
(Target 24%)
23% 24% 24% No
Scotland 36% 35% 35%
'C' Roads SLC
(Target 37%)
39% 37% 38% No
Scotland 37% 35% 35%
 'U' Roads   SLC
(Target 37%)
37% 37% 35% Yes
 Scotland 39% 40% 39%
How we have performed in improving this public service

Performance relating to the roads maintenance indicators is generally better than the Scottish average for all categories of roads.  The exception to this is the C class roads, where our performance is below the Scottish average.   Although the council’s investment has shifted towards more minor roads in recent years, this has yet to be reflected in the Roads Condition Indicator for C class routes. 

However, this increased investment has impacted on the condition of our unclassified roads which make up a sizeable proportion of our road network in South Lanarkshire.  In 2016-17, there was an improvement in the condition of unclassified roads compared to the previous year and the condition was 4% better than the Scottish average.

Percentage of road network resurfaced - Target 4.2%

What this means Works are regularly undertaken to resurface certain roads, improve the condition of the road network and extend the working life of the carriageway. This indicator details the proportion of the council's roads network that has been improved in this way.
Why this matters The council has a statutory duty to manage and maintain the road network so as to allow the safe and prompt movement of traffic.  This indicator shows the extent of the council’s maintenance activities in any one year.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2014-15 2015-16  2016-17 Are we improving?
SLC 7.0% 6.2% 4.8% No
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service The proportion of the road network where repair works were undertaken during the year (through resurfacing by overlaying or inlaying material) amounted to 4.8%.  This is above our target for the year, but is a decrease on last year.

How much does my council spend maintaining the condition of my roads (£ per kilometre)? No target set

What this means This indicator tells us how much councils spend on maintaining roads, per kilometre.  
Why this matters The council spends a significant amount of money on road maintenance.  The condition of roads can be affected by many factors, including traffic flows/usage and weather patterns.  Like for like comparisons with other councils can offer useful insights in terms of good practice and efficiencies.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Are we improving?
SLC £13,168 £13,771 £17,943 Yes
Scotland £9,862 £10,083 £10,308
How we have performed in improving this public service The maintenance spend per kilometre of road has increased markedly compared to the previous year and is higher than the Scottish average.  The sharp increase in 2016-17 resulted from the City Deal investment, specifically, the cost of the Cathkin Relief Road, which accounted for 30.5% of the cost of road maintenance in the year.  Excluding the City Deal expenditure from this indicator would reduce the cost of maintenance per kilometre of road to £12,473, a reduction on our costs compared to the previous two years.

Traffic Lights and Street Lights

Percentage of traffic light repairs completed within 48 hours – Target 95% 

What this means This indicator captures the full range of activity for traffic lights, from notifications of the fault to completion of the repair.
Why this matters It is imperative that the council’s 206 traffic signal controlled junctions and pedestrian crossings are properly maintained, as defective installations can increase the likelihood of accidents to road users as well as cause delays.  This indicator shows the efficiency of South Lanarkshire Council’s traffic light repair service.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Are we improving?
SLC 99.1% 98.8% 99.3% Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service

99.3% of traffic light repairs were completed within 48 hours – this exceeds our target and is a slightly higher percentage than the previous two years.

Number of lighting columns improved/renewed - Target 3,600

What this means The council is responsible for almost 65,000 lighting columns (including street lighting and sign lights) and luminaires, many of which have reached the end of their useful lives and are in poor condition.    We are working towards renewing all potentially defective items.
Why this matters Improved lighting performance can contribute to fewer road traffic accidents, a reduction in crime and fear of crime, and increased community pride.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Are we improving?
SLC 470 2,588 4,175 Yes
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service We renewed or improved 4,175 lighting columns in 2016-17.  The period 2016-2020 is seeing significant additional investment in the replacement of our lighting units.

Road Safety

Number of people killed or seriously injured on roads – The council’s overall aim is to contribute to the following national casualty reduction targets by 2020:
• for all age groups, a 40% reduction in fatal casualties and a 55% reduction in serious casualties (compared to the period 2004-2008); and
• for children, a 50% reduction in fatalities and 65% reduction in serious casualties compared to the same period.

What this means This indicator reports on the number of people killed or seriously injured on the South Lanarkshire road network.
Why this matters A key objective for the council is to proactively reduce casualties on the South Lanarkshire road network.  We have attempted to achieve this in a number of ways; through specific engineering measures at schools; through speed limiting initiatives; and by incorporating enhanced road markings, road studs, upgraded warning signage, anti skid surfacing and visibility improvements.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2014 2015 2016 Are we improving?
SLC 96 75 98 No
Scotland N/A N/A N/A
How we have performed in improving this public service During 2016, the number of people killed or seriously injured increased from 75 in the previous year to 98 (with no fatal child casualties).  Whilst these figures demonstrate an increase in fatal and serious casualty figures compared to the previous year, recent years have been low in overall casualty numbers, and we are still on track to meet the 2020 targets (which are no more than 9 fatal casualties and 54 serious casualties in a year).  These figures are a reminder that a focus on road safety initiatives is a necessity if the council is to maintain its contribution to reducing road casualties on the roads of South Lanarkshire and make roads safer for all users.  The council is continuing to focus on accident reduction projects during 2017-18.

For further information on our road safety services, follow the links to: Road safety services, Pre-school road safety, and  Primary school road safety play.

Flood Risk Management

Evidence suggests that flooding incidents have increased in Scotland, particularly over the past few decades, and this is the case in South Lanarkshire.  The increased frequency and intensity of flooding is likely to continue in South Lanarkshire because of changes in local weather patterns associated with climatic change.  This can potentially cause further damage to South Lanarkshire’s economy and society, disruption to transport links and the public water supply, and increased vulnerability to personal and commercial property. 

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 introduced new duties for councils in relation to assessing and managing flood risk.  South Lanarkshire Council has discretionary powers to promote flood protection schemes and a duty to assess water bodies.

Flooding occurrences reported in South Lanarkshire between 2008 and 2016

 

Category 1  - Choked gully

Category 2 - Minor flooding Category 3 - Property flooding Category 4 - River flooding Total
2008 438 555 175 1 1,169
2009 296 270 60 1 627
2010 192 127 26 0 345
2011 290 413 118 1 822
2012 387 317 144 0 848
2013 334 192 59 2 587
2014 312 165 58 1 536
2015 379 222 57 0 658
2016 251 149 32 2 434
In the nine years between 2008 and 2016, there have been 6,026 recorded flooding incidents in South Lanarkshire. The majority of these incidents were relatively minor category 1 or 2 occurrences.  However, 12.2% of incidents resulted in flooding of residential and/or commercial property.  The high level of reported flooding occurrences in 2008 was related to severe weather in that year.

The council has established ‘Response to Flooding’ procedures which set out the level of action required at various priority locations to manage the risk of flooding.  From 1 May 2016, locations within our ‘Response to Flooding’ document which have flood risk implications upon residential properties are attended to every two weeks, whereas all other locations in this document are attended to monthly between September and March.

Areas for improvement and action

We will take forward the following key areas for improvement:

  • continue to improve the condition of our road network through implementation of our Roads Investment Programme
  • continue to focus on road accident reduction projects during 2017-18, with the aim of reducing road casualties on the roads of South Lanarkshire and making roads safer for all users

Further information

Roads in winter
• Watch a short video on winter roads maintenance

Resource Plans are prepared each year by all council Resources to outline the key developments they intend to take forward in the year.  Performance and actions relating to roads and lighting can be found in the Community and Enterprise Resource Plan

Twice a year, performance reports are presented to council committees on progress against the Resource Plans. In addition, reports detailing progress against the Council Plan Connect objectives are prepared – see Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 performance reports for further information. 

More information on our objectives can be found in the Council Plan Connect and also the Annual Performance Report.

The information contained within this report reflects the position based on the data available at the time of publication (March 2018)