Road Industry Links
Hitex International Group has over four decades of experience in the Road Marking and Road Surfacing sectors. We want to share our road industry links and knowledge with our customers and clients to help to keep up to date up with current industry standards, regulations, new initiative and reports.
We invite you to click on the various road industry links below to download information which we hope you will find useful.
Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)
The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges is produced by the UK Highways Agency, and deals with the design standards for Highways. Within a series of 15 volumes, the DMRB provides official standards, advice notes and other documents relating to the design, assessment and operation of motorway and trunk roads in the UK.
The following Chapters deal with items relevant to materials and services provided by Hitex International Group:
Highways Agency BBA/ HAPAS Supplier and Installer schemes
Manufacture of Hitex Type 1 High Friction Surfacing is regulated in the UK under the Highways Agency BBA HAPAS (British Board of Agrément / Highway Authorities Product Approval Scheme).
It is accredited by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) Certification Scheme covering both manufacture and installation of Type 1 High Friction/ Anti-Skid surfacing products.
The High Friction Surface Installer Scheme (HFS) specifies the quality assurance framework for the assessment and surveillance of installers.
The Specification for Highway Works
The Specification for Highway Works has been developed by the UK Department for Transport for the Trunk Road network – i.e. any road on the strategic network that is controlled by the Highways Agency. The document sets out the standards required for work and materials used in constructing and maintaining the UK’s strategic road network.
It is published as Volume 1 of the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCHW) and consists of 27 series of clauses grouped by topic. Series 900 deals with Road Pavements – Bituminous Bound Materials, and contains Clause 924 -High Friction Surfaces.
Assessment and Certification of Crack Sealing Systems for Highways
Hitex Texband is an original concept. It was therefore necessary for the British Board of Agrément (BBA) to extend the scope of the Guideline Document for the Assessment & Certification of Crack Sealing Systems for Highways to incorporate the new process.
British Standard / European EN Specifications for White Lines and Road markings
British Standards Institution (or BSI Group), is a multinational business services provider whose principal activity is the production of standards and the supply of standards-related services.
Standards are designed for voluntary use and do not impose any regulations. However, laws and regulations may refer to certain standards and make compliance with them compulsory. For example, the physical properties of Road Marking Materials set out in standard number BS EN 1871:2000. This standard is increasingly specified in numerous countries outside of the UK.
Hitex thermoplastic road marking materials are compliant with:
- BS EN 1871 Road marking materials – Physical properties
- BS EN 1436 Road marking materials – Road marking performance for road users
Our standard grades have been assessed for durability at BSI Road Trials:
BS EN 1824 Road marking materials – Road trials
All standards available for download from the BSI website.
National Highways Sector 7 Scheme and Sector Scheme 12D
National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) are bespoke integrated management schemes which supplement ISO 9001:2008.
The schemes were developed in partnership with key stakeholders of the highways industry to interpret ISO 9001 and its specific application to highways maintenance activities. They are designed to:
The schemes provide the Highways Agency and local authorities responsible for the operation and maintenance of the road infrastructure in the UK with an assurance that only competent organisations are carrying out work on their behalf.
Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme
HMEP is a sector-led transformation programme designed to maximise returns from highways investment and deliver efficient and effective services. Aimed at the local highways sector, the programme runs to 2018 and is sponsored by the Department for Transport who are providing £6 million funding.
HMEP is a partnership between public and private sectors, and the programme team consists of representatives from local and highway authorities, companies and central government.
Prevention and a Better Cure
The potholes review looks at potholes not only from an engineering perspective but also explores wider issues. These include the impact of long-term maintenance strategies, decision-making arrangements, the processes of reporting, prioritising and repairing potholes, guidance and wider operational arrangements.
The review, which has been assisted by experts from both the public and private sectors, focuses on three main themes:
- Prevention is better than cure – intervening at the right time will reduce the amount of potholes forming and prevent bigger problems later.
- Right First Time – do it once and get it right, rather than face continuous bills. Guidance, knowledge and workmanship are the enablers to this.
- Clarity for the public – local highway authorities need to communicate to the public what is being done and how it is being done.
The report makes seventeen recommendations for Government, local highway authorities and others to take forward.