Greater London has become the first part of the country in which all major utilities providers and local authorities are providing data for the National Underground Asset Register (NUAR).
The Greater London Authority (GLA), which is part of the NUAR delivery team, said it has brought over 60 asset owners in the city onto using the register, providing records of over 16 million assets.
The early version of register was formally launched by the Geospatial Commission in April. It is a digital map providing details of underground cables and pipes, being rolled out around the UK to support the installation of further infrastructure.
It scheduled to become fully operational in 2025.
Christiana Clark, principal programme officer for the GLA, said in a blogpost that the geographic information system professionals in local authorities have been critical to the roll out so far.
“These individuals were able to recognise the transformative benefits that NUAR could unlock in their councils, even though its benefits may not directly impact their own teams, and drive progress,” she said. “It is largely because of these change makers that the programme has been able to extend so widely in a short space of time.”
She added: “Using an agile approach has ensured that we are flexible enough to cater to new requirements as NUAR starts to become used by asset owners.”