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National Underground Asset Register

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 55137, tabled on 5 June 2020

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria his Department will use to determine the success of the Geospatial Commission’s National Underground Asset Register trials in London and the North East, announced in April 2019.

Answered on

10 June 2020

Details of the work of the Geospatial Commission are available on their blog page, which includes information on the National Underground Asset Register Pilots.

The UK does not have a comprehensive map of underground utilities which increases the likelihood of dangerous utility strikes (especially for emergency works) and results in significant costs to utility companies, their operators and the wider economy. Any decision to proceed with creating a national register would be announced in the usual way, including invitations to tender for relevant work. Interim findings from the pilots will be published in due course.

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Cabinet Office