How a safety audit can significantly reduce your project costs

Andy Devine, Urban Vision’s Road Safety Group Leader (our joint venture with Salford City Council and Galliford Try), discusses the importance of carrying out a safety audit in the early stages of a project to save you time and money. 

Carrying out a simple safety audit at the feasibility stage of your project is the best way to save you both time and money on a scheme, as well as ensuring maximum safety on the project. It can pre-empt timely and extensive remedial works that may otherwise need to be carried out to address safety issues.  
 
Safety audits are not always the main priority for an organisation, but they certainly should be. Whilst it is mandatory to have safety audits on any improvements affecting the trunk road or motorway network it is only best practice on any other class of road, however authorities and design organisations should embrace best practice to ensure that any scheme to improve the highway network receives scrutiny through the safety audit process so that it removes any design elements that may be inherently unsafe carrying with them unnecessary risk.  

If a safety audit isn’t completed early on in a project, it might mean that you have to make remedial changes once works have already begun, costing you so much more than would be necessary.  

The solution? Engaging an audit in the early stages of a scheme, requiring quite minimal effort and much smaller fees. 

There are four stages to a safety audit that scrutinise the different elements of the design stage each forming their own independent report, but which dovetail together from feasibility to completion on site.   

In an ideal world every large scheme or organisation would ensure necessary safety checks are undertaken, following them up if any further changes are made over time. The sad truth however is that this is often not the case.  

My team and I have worked all over the country for a variety of different companies and in varied environments, such as for the Royal Mail Group, risk assessing their sorting offices and yards, Tesco on the design their of car parks and highway interfaces for their new stores and TfGM on their flagship guided busway project, proving that no development or establishment is above the requirement for stages 1-4 of the road safety audit process.  

Take a look at our highways and infrastructure design page for all the information you need on this service.

Andy Devine 

Road Safety Group Leader

Urban Vision, a joint venture with Salford City Council and Galliford Try

Road safety audits on the Leigh Ellenbrook guided busway

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The scheme was put in place as a preferred mode of transport to Metrolink, operating in a similar way to tram networks as the buses are guided along the majority of the route by a fixed track arrangement.

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Designing and delivering a safer cycle lane at Carpino Place

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Carpino Place was chosen for this development so new residents are able to come and go from their houses with more ease and to encourage more use of the cycle path overall. The project was delivered on behalf of English Cities Fund, Salford City Council's development partner for the Salford Central area, as part of the Carpino Place residential development scheme.

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West Sussex County Council and Capita partnership

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With Capita as a partner we were able to establish strong working relationships and tackle the transformation of services together. Combining our knowledge within the Council and Capita’s experience and capability of delivering transformational programmes, we have made significant step changes in the way we deliver services.

Chief Operating Officer, West Sussex County Council.