This report describes a feasibility study undertaken to ascertain if it is practical to establish whether heavy lorries cause damage to pipes or other apparatus located beneath the carriageway. Previous research is first reviewed to identify the major parameters which contribute to the failure of buried services. A study method is then proposed and discussed. This includes details of sampling, network definitions, data collection, statistical analysis and the time period for data collection. The data processing and data management facilities required are also reviewed and discussed, as are the costs of the study, and its limitations. The feasibility report demonstrates that any further study would be unlikely to establish with any confidence a correlation between heavy traffic and damage to buried services. The effects of numerous uncontrolled factors would introduce so much variation into the data produced by any practical study that any effects of heavy vehicles would be largely obscured.

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