Why and What

Councils across the country are all facing similar challenges – roads that are deteriorating at an accelerated rate, with very high projected repairs costs, alongside ever-dwindling budgets. These challenges are exacerbated by increasing expectations from residents and businesses.

The battle can feel unwinnable when viewed through a traditional lens.

Following on from the success and lessons learned from Project 30, a £30 million four-year capital investment programme to address the backlog of road repairs in Blackpool, LCRIG decided to change the narrative.

We began with a series of trials in Blackpool involving 12 suppliers, looking at alternative approaches to roads maintenance with the potential to provide solutions that were faster, more cost-effective and more robust.

Participants were challenged all involved to combine their skills and expertise to identify the right place at the right time for interventions, alongside recommendations for the right treatment.

Because of this collaborative approach, many suppliers were able to offer up solutions they had never been given the opportunity to in the past. This was especially true of the SMEs.

The results were universally encouraging and were developed into the Project Amber Framework, which is now available to every local authority in the UK.


Learn more about the history of Project Amber in our debrief video


  • To encourage innovation in road asset management through encouragement of the supply chain to develop and propose new treatments, techniques, materials etc.To encourage innovation in treatments, techniques and materials
  • To foster collaboration between all sectors involved in roads maintentance
  • To up-skill council asset managers, so they can make more robust, efficient and effective decisions
  • To establish better methodologies to determine priorities for road works
  • To enable a shift in mindset about how road works are carried out, focusing on minimising disruptions to local communities, saving money and creating better operational environments
  • To make Councils aware of innovative treatments and techniques


  • A full suite of framework documents to save time and resources.
  • Helping councils with reduced funding to develop a sustainable road repair maintenance scheme.
  • Make greater use of recycled materials to help Councils save money.
  • Extended asphalt life with innovative solutions that defer expensive resurfacing.
  • Reduced ongoing maintenance and unplanned interventions.
  • Reduced whole life costs.


  • Improve the satisfaction of residents and elected member through better roads.
  • Boost for councils prepared to work in new ways, with improved self-assessment scores.
  • Stimulate the SME market with positive benefits to economic recovery.


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