Cheshire East Highways has scooped a regional award for transforming the way it keeps people informed about roadworks.
The use of a traffic management application to plan, coordinate and publicise road works was named as the Best Practice Project of the Year by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
The need to get up-to-date information to the public became evident following an increase in the number of permits for roadworks being processed by the Council.
Cheshire East Highways uses the application to ensure that closures, diversion routes and other temporary traffic diversions approved by the permit team are instantly displayed on the website Roadworks.org, run by data technology firm Elgin.
This information is shown on the Cheshire East Highways website to help people plan their journeys while Roadworks.org is used by motorists all over the UK.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Keeping people informed of works taking place is essential to ensure our busy network keeps moving and it is great for our team to receive recognition for their proactive approach.”
Cheshire East Highways has also been shortlisted for the CIHT Highway Asset Management Award for its ‘Invest to Improve’ approach to maintaining the Borough’s roads through the highway investment programme.
The same submission has also been entered into the highways maintenance efficiency category of the 2015 Highways Magazine Excellence Awards.
And the work of Cheshire East Highways in supervising the construction of Crewe Station’s new entrance was also acknowledged nationally when it was shortlisted for the Effective Partnerships Award by the CIHT.