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A new approach to road maintenance in Wales, the Lugg Review

Event organised by ICE

23 January 2024

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The Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS, requested an independent review of the current annual maintenance programmes on the Strategic Road Network (SRN) to consider whether these programmes are suitably designed and specified to meet Welsh ministers' statutory duties as the highway authority for the SRN.

A team of independent experts, led by Matthew Lugg OBE for WSP conducted the Lugg Review. Following a draft report which was completed in May 2022, the team were commissioned to review the recommendations in-line with the Roads Review Panel Report, 'The Future of Road Investment in Wales' (February 2023).

Working with policy and strategy makers at national government level, WSP have led a review that provides a series of recommendations to support the way future maintenance investment decisions on the Strategic Route Network are made. This was to ensure that the Welsh Government statutory duties are retained and priority is given to investment in major infrastructure assets to reflect the change in investment decisions now being taken forward through the Welsh Government transport strategies.

The outcomes of the recommendations are now being progressed, so this presentation will not only describe the details of the review but also provide you with the latest update on the progress being made.

Specifically, the presentation will include:

  • Background to the Lugg Review
  • Scope and methodology
  • Review of current approach and the Major Asset Renewal programme (MAR) 
  • Key recommendations
  • Progress to date.

This event is one of a series with ICE, CILT, and CIHT working together with Welsh Government to address the path to carbon zero.

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Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

The natural home for all people working in highways & transportation infrastructure.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

The chartered body for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains.


Matthew Lugg, OBE, CEng, BEng, MICE, FCIHT, DMS

Matthew Lugg, OBE, CEng, BEng, MICE, FCIHT, DMS


Director of Local Transport

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Matthew Lugg, OBE, CEng, BEng, MICE, FCIHT, DMS

Non-executive director and company chairman of Via EM Ltd

Matthew is a past president of both the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).

He is a former chair of the UK Roads Board ,the Midland Highway Alliance (MHA), the Road Environment Working Party (REWP) of Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety (PACTS) and is the current chair of Editorial Panel of the ICE Municipal Engineering Journal.

He has spent the majority of his career working in the public sector working for 5 different County Councils and was seconded to work for the DfT on the Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) initiative.

For the last 10 years he has worked in the private sector for both consultants and a contractor - Mouchel, Keir and now WSP.

He has also presented a number of papers internationally on highways infrastructure asset management and other transport related topics.

Matthew has won numerous awards most notably the Highways Award for Lifetime Achievement, the ICE Municipal Engineer of the year, the UK National Transport Award for his outstanding contribution to Local Transport, an ICE Award for outstanding contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands and the OBE for services to local government.

Lee Waters

Lee Waters

Welsh Government

deputy minister for climate change

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Lee Waters

Lee Waters is the Member of the Senedd for the Llanelli constituency. He was born and raised in Carmarthenshire. He was educated in Brynamman and Ammanford and gained a degree in Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His policy interests are wide-ranging, including the economy, climate change, provision for looked after children, digital policy and the media.
Before being elected in May 2016, Lee was Director of Wales's leading independent think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He previously ran the sustainable transport charity Sustrans Cymru where he led the campaign for the Active Travel Act. He is a former Chief Political Correspondent of ITV Wales and BBC Wales producer.
On 13 December 2018, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport. Lee was appointed Deputy Minister for Climate Change on 13 May 2021.