Hounslow wins prestigious national award for highways management

Hounslow Council and contractor Hounslow Highways have won a prestigious award recognising outstanding performance in highways management.

Published: Monday, 2nd July 2018

Group photo - From L-R: Alan Johnson, Rob Gillespie, Satbir Gill, Mark Frost, Councillor Guy Lambert, Victoria Lawson, Alysse Strachan, Phil Horton, Sabeel Khan, Mike Notman, Timothy Hurley, George Lee.

Hundreds of local authorities from across the country entered The MJ Awards – the Municipal Journal’s local government achievement awards.

Hounslow faced stiff competition in the Highways Management/Asset Management category from five other local authorities - Waltham Forest, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Durham and Tayside Contracts/Dundee City Council.

Former Home Secretary the Rt Hon Alan Johnson presented the award at a ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on Wednesday 27 June.

Councillor Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Trading Companies said:

“We are immensely proud to have won this award with Hounslow Highways as it demonstrates national recognition for our work in Hounslow. Since the contract began in January 2013, a significant amount of work has been undertaken including the resurfacing of approximately 206km of carriageways and 230km of footpaths, 15,093 street lights replaced with new LED lanterns, the refurbishment of five major structures, and the replacement of 13,336 traffic signs. Hounslow Highways have worked hard to complete all of this whilst continuing to deliver street cleaning, removal of fly tips, and managing trees and grounds maintenance. 

“There are constant challenges keeping our streets maintained and clean and we need residents' help in avoiding littering and fly tipping, as they are costly to clean up and a blight on our borough. However, we are particularly proud to be one of the two best authorities amongst 32 London boroughs for the state of our roads, having been well down the league table just a few years ago.

“The success of our contract with Hounslow Highways contributes to the council’s aim to make the borough cleaner and greener for residents and visitors to Hounslow.”

Rob Gillespie, Ringway Hounslow Highways Regional Director, said:

“I am delighted that the judges have rewarded us for our joined-up approach to managing the highways network in the Borough, along with our improving interfaces with Transport for London and Highways England, which has taken this challenging highways management service within Hounslow from being close to the bottom of the league table in terms of highway performance and street cleanliness in London, to one of the top Boroughs.

“We don’t plan to stop there though; and a rigorous focus on delivering better services should result in further improvements to come across the London Borough of Hounslow for at least another 20 years.”

Find out more about The MJ Awards 2018

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