Maintenance - what is it?

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We think of maintenance as just being inspections and routine or minor repair works.  However, maintenance is much more.  To help you understand the bigger picture of what maintenance actually is, here are number of key terms that are commonly used to describe maintenance within the context of path management.

  • Repair - making a path suitable again after minor or major damage or failure.  For example, re-building a pipe culvert or short section of path after being damaged by flood waters from the nearby burn

  • Replacement - a complete path needs replacement when it has reached the end of its design life, or worn beyond the point of repair.  For example, a path needs complete re-surfacing as the surface has worn through exposing the base layer along most of its length

  • Planned maintenance - regular tasks done on a routine basis, as part of an maintenance schedule, to prolong the life of a path and to make sure it remains in a reasonable condition.  For example, the verges are mown or strimmed twice a year to control vegetation growth and loss of path surface from encroaching ground vegetation

  • Upgrade - improving a path surface or changing its purpose to allow access by a wider range or greater number of path users, or to correct a defect in a path that is causing repeated failure.  For example, a whin dust path surface changed to bitmac surface as the path has become a popular route by children walking and cycling to school - upgrading the surface with bitmac will make the path more suitable for walking and cycling to school every day.

Note - Maintenance is a type of construction work and the CDM Regulations 2015 apply.


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