Analysis of s.278 agreements technical approval delays specific to Warwickshire Council

Meghdad Bagheri, Edward Bate

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This paper attempts to address the causes of delays to the legal and technical approval processes involved in the creation of agreements authorising works to public highways pursuant to s.278 Highways Act (1980) and specific to Warwickshire County Council (WCC), and whether the type of contract (JCT or NEC) or s.278 agreement (minor or major) has any tangible influence. A series of questionnaires and interviews were carried out on a sample group of individuals including designers, developers, lawyers, and council engineers with extensive industry experience in relation to s.278 legal, technical, construction and adoption processes. The results revealed the key causes of delays and therefore the barriers to prompt and efficient approval processes. These key factors are discussed and recommendations, derived from the actual survey results, are provided to tackle these issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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