In support of an extensive road improvement programme, South Lanarkshire Council has confirmed that Causeway’s Highways & Infrastructure Maintenance software solution will continue to play a key role in the management of its roads maintenance. Having used Causeway Project Accounting (CPA) software very successfully for five years, the Council has now renewed its licence agreement for a further five years.

The Council is responsible for the maintenance of all roads, other than trunk roads and motorways, in South Lanarkshire– amounting to 2,293km of road network. In 2008 it announced a £126m Roads Investment Programme, over and above the existing annual maintenance budgets, which will run through to 2019.

In February 2014 the Council confirmed that both reactive and preventative roads maintenance would continue to be a priority within the programme, reflecting the importance that residents give to this area of the Council’s responsibilities.

Having considered a number of options for automating key maintenance activities, South Lanarkshire Council implemented CPA in 2009, working closely with Causeway to tailor the software to meet specific requirements. This included integrating CPA to the Council’s back office finance systems and asset management system to improve the accuracy of data, reduce duplication of effort and minimise the risk of data entry errors.

“CPA has proved to be a valuable asset since it was first implemented, combining the cost management information we need with additional accounting functionality,” recalled the Council’s Roads Maintenance Manager George Wells. “In the current economic climate it is important to have accurate costing information on all of our projects,” he added.

Since the CPA software was introduced, the two organisations have continued to work within a strategic partnership, introducing further refinements to the system to optimise performance and add further value. These include integration with stock control and inventory functions ensuring that stock levels are maintained.

CPA is now at the heart of the Council’s roads maintenance programme, assisting with planning and scheduling, works order management and cost control.

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