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Monday 23 November 2015

Cheshire East scoops national award for keeping people informed about roadworks


Cheshire East Council’s highways team has scooped a national award for the way it keeps people informed about roadworks.

Use of Elgin’s Traffic Management (TM) app to plan, coordinate and publicise roadworks has won the ‘award for the best use of new technology in the highways Industry’ at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards.

The need to get up-to-date information to local residents and road users became evident following an increase in the number of permits for roadworks being processed. 

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 Elgin’s website:

This information is shown on the Cheshire East Highways’ website to help people plan their journeys throughout the Borough’s 2,700km network of roads.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader for Cheshire East Council and cabinet member in charge of highways, said: “Keeping people informed about roadworks on our busy and extensive network is essential and this tool is making it easier for them to plan their journeys throughout the Borough.

“As a ‘residents first’ authority we place a high priority on keeping local people and visitors informed and on working to keep our traffic flowing freely and safely with as little disruption as possible.” 

This is the second award that the TM app has won this year, following the North West ‘best practice project of the year’ award received from the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation back in May.

Cheshire East Highways was also shortlisted for the ‘highways maintenance efficiency award’ at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards for its asset management-led approach to maintenance and improvement of Cheshire East’s roads.

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