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Highway Maintenance Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis

Published: 17/10/2017 / Number of Pages: 75 / Price: £795.00

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Introduction and Overview

The 3rd edition of the 'Highway Maintenance Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis' reviews the highways maintenance market in the UK, focusing specifically on projects and maintenance within the roads industry. The report also reviews major spending programmes and initiatives taking place within the industry, and considers how these will affect future direction. A database of highway maintenance contracts with relevant contact details is also available, to view this click here .

Key issues covered in the report include:

  • Structure and size of the UK highway maintenance industry - budgets, funding sources, etc.
  • Structure of responsibility for highway maintenance - Highways England, devolved bodies, local authorities, etc.
  • Analysis by UK region - highway maintenance sectors in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Maintenance materials - market size, trends, key suppliers for asphalt, bitumen, surface dressings, aggregates, etc.
  • Market forecasts - overall and for key product sectors.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Key market trends - impact of recent Government spending on road construction & maintenance, etc.
  • Review of key material sectors - market size, trends and key players.
  • Supply chain review - key players, material suppliers, long term maintenance contractors, etc.
  • Market forecasts to 2021 - analysis of the key factors affecting future industry direction.

Some of the companies included are:

Amey, A-one+, Arup, Balfour Beatty, BASF, BEAR Scotland, Bestco Surfacing, BituChem, Cemex, Chevron, Colas, Connect Plus, Dowhigh, Eurasia, Eurovia, Fitzgerald, FM Conway, Fosroc, Henderson & Taylor, Henry Williams, J B Riney & Co Ltd, Kenson Contractors, Kiely Bros, Kier, LafargeHolcim, Marlborough Surfacing, Mott MacDonald, Murrill Construction, Nynas, Rhino Asphalt Solutions, R J Dance, Ronacrete Group, Stabilised Pavements, Scotland TranServ, Tarmac, Tayside Contracts, T J Surfacing, United Asphalt, VolkerHighways, W S Atkins.


Highway Maintenance Budgets and Contracts 

  • Infrastructure output - analysis by sector (e.g. roads, rail, water, etc.) from 2012-2016. Key trends, structure of the sector, regional expenditure, road condition, market prospects and future developments.
  • Department for Transport - annual spending and budgets (capital and resource) from 2014-2015 to 2019-2020, Government spending reviews, etc.
  • Highways England - operational breakdown, annual budget and performance, major projects/schemes, etc.
  • Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland - overview of road management agencies, motorway and trunk road expenditure, major projects/schemes, etc.
  • Local authority road maintenance expenditure - includes highways and transport spending from 2011-2012 to 2016-2017, capital expenditure on roads, average highways maintenance budget per authority, etc.
  • Types of contract - framework agreements, term maintenance contracts, buying consortia, PFI schemes.

Key Products/Materials

  • Review of major areas of expenditure on highway treatments - products/services related to the road surface (including surface treatments), road reinstatement products and street lighting systems.
  • Surfacing Products - bitumen macadam asphalt surfacing, surface dressing, surface dressing aggregates, resin anti-skid surfacing/high friction surfacing, slurry micro-seal surfacing,
  • Other Surfacing Products and Maintenance - bitumen emulsions, footpath treatments, road markings, reinstatement products (i.e. manhole levelling compounds), road studs, winter maintenance and road and street lighting systems.
  • Market size reviews - production levels, trends, drivers, market prospects.
  • Company profiles - suppliers of surfacing materials, industry structure, key sectors etc.

Contractor Review

  • Term maintenance contractors - key suppliers, supply structure, financial performance, merger and acquisition activity, contracts etc.
  • Specialist road contractors - key suppliers, supply structure, financial performance, contracts, merger and acquisition activity etc.
  • Consulting engineers - key suppliers, financial performance, projects, etc.
  • Product Suppliers and distributors - key suppliers, financial performance, recent new product innovations, etc.

Report Summary

The UK highways maintenance market is valued at more than £10bn and represents a major component of UK infrastructure spending. Public sector capital spending remains under constant pressure. However, the Government has committed to major spending and investment programmes in the road network, as well as other transport projects driven by factors such as increased road congestion, rising population levels and deterioration of roads by adverse winter weather. The Government is facing funding difficulties, with borrowing levels increasing and tax receipts lower than some of the initial projections. As a result, it is actively examining ways of attracting private capital into highways, although this process remains at an early stage of development.

Expenditure on roads infrastructure fell by a significant amount in 2016, although the general trend since the start of the present decade has been upwards. Transport represents one of the largest areas of Government expenditure - it has generally been recognised that investment in infrastructure will assist economic growth across the UK. Furthermore, in the 2016 Budget, the Government announced it was to increase capital transport budgets by almost double by 2019/2020.

Highways England is responsible for operating the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Department for Transport. Outside of England, responsibility for operating and maintaining the motorway and trunk road network lies with bodies such as Transport Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government (via two Trunk Road agencies) and Transport NI. The remainder of the network (i.e. non-trunk roads) is maintained by 217 local authorities. Scotland is divided into single tier councils who maintain roads. Wales has unitary authorities, and the Transport NI maintains roads in Northern Ireland.

In terms of market features, product supply occurs mainly through direct supply on an annual tender or by individual order, and very much depends on the materials concerned. Some products are traditionally sourced using the annual tender process. Local authorities do have access to buying groups, but they are not very popular for highways maintenance. Innovations within the market include photovoltaic road surfacing and solar-powered road studs, greater use of natural and recycled materials and/or aggregates and micro-foamed asphalt which lowers carbon dioxide emissions. Demand is likely to continue rising for products which can help to reduce the time spent on site and therefore minimise disruption to road users.

Going forward, future Government budgets and spending levels are likely to be heavily influenced by what form Brexit will take, and its impact upon the UK economy. However, investment in road construction and maintenance is projected to increase over the short to medium term, unless the UK economy suffers a major contraction. Additionally, there are likely to be changes in the way certain highways are maintained. The next decade or so is likely to witness greater impact of technological advancements and 'smart' systems, as well as more consideration given to the environmental impact of highways maintenance projects. Changes in the way maintenance contracts are introduced are also expected.


List of Contents

Contents Listing

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION 6
  2. 1.1 BACKGROUND 6
  3. 1.2 SOURCES OF INFORMATION 6
  4. 2. SUMMARY & MARKET PROSPECTS 8
  5. 2.1 SUMMARY 8
  6. 2.2 MARKET PROSPECTS 10
  7. 3. ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 12
  8. 3.1 GDP 12
  9. 3.2 INFLATION & INTEREST RATES 13
  10. 3.3 UNEMPLOYMENT 14
  11. 3.4 HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION 15
  12. 3.5 HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION 15
  13. 3.6 STERLING 16
  14. 3.7 POPULATION PROFILE 17
  15. 3.8 CONCLUSIONS 17
  16. 4. HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE EXPENDITURE 19
  17. 4.1 MARKET INFLUENCE & TRENDS 19
  18. 4.2 MARKET PROSPECTS 25
  19. 4.3 DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT 28
  20. 4.4 ENGLAND 31
  21. 4.4.1 Highways England 31
  22. 4.4.2 Local Authority Expenditure on Highway Maintenance: Non-motorway and Trunk Roads 34
  23. 4.4.3 London Boroughs 37
  24. 4.5 SCOTLAND 38
  25. 4.6 WALES 39
  26. 4.7 TRANSPORT NI 41
  27. 4.8 TYPES OF CONTRACT 41
  28. 5. SPECIALIST HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES 44
  29. 5.1 INTRODUCTION & DEFINITION 44
  30. 5.2 PRODUCTS & PROCESSES 44
  31. 5.2.1 Bitumen Macadam Asphalt Surfacing 44
  32. 5.2.2 Surface Dressing 48
  33. 5.2.3 Surface Dressing Aggregates 50
  34. 5.2.4 Resin Anti-Skid Surfacing/High Friction Surfacing 50
  35. 5.2.5 Slurry Seal Micro Surfacing 51
  36. 5.2.6 Bitumen Emulsions 51
  37. 5.2.7 Footpaths 52
  38. 5.2.8 Road Planing & Retreading 53
  39. 5.2.9 Road Markings 54
  40. 5.2.10 Emergency Highway Bitumen Reinstatement Products 54
  41. 5.2.11 Road Studs 56
  42. 5.2.12 Winter Maintenance 56
  43. 5.2.13 Road and Street Lighting 57
  44. 5.3 DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS 60
  45. 6. HIGHWAYS CONTRACTORS / MATERIAL SUPPLIERS 63
  46. 6.1 TERM MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS 63
  47. 6.2 PRODUCT SUPPLIERS / DISTRIBUTORS 66
  48. 6.3 SPECIALIST ROAD CONTRACTORS 71
  49. 6.3.1 Consulting engineers 74

Tables & Charts

  1. CHART 1: ROAD AND TOTAL INFRASTRUCTURE OUTPUT IN THE UK 2012-2017 (£M) 8
  2. TABLE 2: GDP DATA - 2015-2017 - KEY CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS 12
  3. CHART 3: INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION (CPI) FROM 2000-2021 14
  4. CHART 4: PDI & SAVINGS RATIO AT CURRENT PRICES 2000-2021 15
  5. TABLE 5: EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS 2013-2019 - STERLING TO THE DOLLAR, AND THE EURO, SPOT RATES 17
  6. TABLE 6: INFRASTRUCTURE OUTPUT BY SECTOR (ROADS, RAILWAYS, WATER, ELECTRICITY ETC) 2012-2016 - BY VALUE (£M) AND % CHANGE BY VALUE 19
  7. TABLE 7: STRUCTURAL CONDITION OF ROADS IN ENGLAND & WALES: 2016/2017 (%) 21
  8. TABLE 8: NUMBER OF POTHOLES, TOTAL SPEND - ENGLAND & WALES 2011/12- 2016/17 22
  9. CHART 9: LICENSED VEHICLES BY TYPE 2016: TOTAL ALL VEHICLES (%) 24
  10. CHART 10: % OF ROAD LENGTH AND TRAFFIC BY CLASSES OF ROAD IN GREAT BRITAIN 2016 25
  11. TABLE 11: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT - DEPARTMENTAL SPENDING (£M), 2014/2015-2019/2020 28
  12. CHART 12: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT: EXPENDITURE BY SECTOR (%) 2015/2016 29
  13. TABLE 13: DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT - LOCAL AUTHORITY TRANSPORT BUDGETS (£M) 2014/2015-2019/2020 30
  14. TABLE 14: STRUCTURE OF HIGHWAYS ENGLAND OPERATIONAL AREAS 2016-REGIONS, OPERATIONAL AREAS COVERED, ROADS MANAGED 33
  15. TABLE 15: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND: EXPENDITURE BREAKDOWN (£M), 2015/2016-2016/2017 34
  16. TABLE 16: HIGHWAYS/TRANSPORT EXPENDITURE BY ENGLISH LOCAL AUTHORITIES - 2011/2012-2016/2017 35
  17. TABLE 17: LOCAL AUTHORITIES - CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON ROADS IN ENGLAND (£M) 2013/2014-2015/2016 35
  18. CHART 18: LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE BY KEY SECTORS (%) 2016/2017 36
  19. TABLE 19: AVERAGE HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE BUDGET PER LOCAL AUTHORITY IN ENGLAND, LONDON (£M), 2011/12- 2016/17 36
  20. TABLE 20: MOTORWAYS AND TRUNK ROADS EXPENDITURE: SCOTLAND 2013/14 - 2017/18 BY WORK AREA (STRUCTURAL REPAIRS, ROUTINE MAINTENANCE, ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, ETC) 38
  21. TABLE 21: ROADS AND TRANSPORT REVENUE EXPENDITURE WALES (SAFETY & ROUTINE MAINTENANCE, PLANNING, WINTER MAINTENANCE ETC), 2010/11- 2015/16 40
  22. TABLE 22: TOTAL PRODUCTION OF HOT MIX ASPHALT AND MACADAM MIXES IN UK 2012 - 2021 MILLION TONNES/NO. OF PRODUCTION PLANTS 45
  23. TABLE 23: MAIN USES FOR BITUMEN-BASED ASPHALTS AND MACADAMS 2016 (HIGHWAY SURFACING, PATCHING/POTHOLES, OTHER SURFACING ETC.) 46
  24. CHART 24: LEADING SUPPLIERS OF ASPHALT AND MACADAM IN THE UK - MARKET SHARES 2016 47
  25. TABLE 25: UK SURFACE DRESSING MARKET: BINDER SUPPLY - BITUMEN EMULSION - 2012-2021 (000 TONNES) 49
  26. TABLE 26: SUPPLIERS OF SURFACE DRESSING BINDERS IN THE UK - ESTIMATED VOLUMES AND MARKET SHARE 2016 49
  27. TABLE 27: BITUMEN EMULSION MARKET - MIX BY SURFACE DRESSING/OTHERS: 2012-2021 (000'S TONNES) 52
  28. TABLE 28: MARKET SHARE ANALYSIS OF LEADING COMPANIES SUPPLYING CEMENT-BASED BAGGED MANHOLE LEVELLING COMPOUNDS AND SETTING 2016 55
  29. TABLE 29: UK PUBLIC SECTOR EXPENDITURE ON STREET LIGHTING (£M) - 2011/2012-2016/2017 57
  30. TABLE 30: LOCAL AUTHORITIES - CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON STREET LIGHTING IN ENGLAND (£M), 2013/2014-2015/2016 58
  31. TABLE 31: STREET LIGHTING MARKET 2014-2021 - SPLIT BY NEW PROJECTS/REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT, MAINTENANCE, ENERGY CONSUMPTION 59
  32. CHART 32: PRODUCT MIX OF PUBLIC SECTOR STREET LIGHTING 2016 - % BY VOLUME 59
  33. CHART 33: MERCHANTS MARKET SHARES 2016 61
  34. CHART 34: PLANT HIRE MARKET PRODUCT MIX IN THE ROADS SECTOR BY VALUE £M 61

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