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Hounslow takes the highway

Tue 12 March 2019, 3:09 pm

Hounslow has been recognised as one of the best places in London for street maintenance.

Hundreds of local authorities from across the country entered The MJ Awards – the Municipal Journal’s local government achievement awards. Hounslow Highways was presented with an award in the Highways Management/Asset Management category at a London Hilton Hotel ceremony last year.

Since the local authority appointed Hounslow Highways six years ago to maintain the borough’s roads, pavements and street lighting, approximately 206km of carriageways and 230km of footpaths have been resurfaced, 15,093 street lights have been replaced with new LED lanterns, five major structures have been refurbished and 13,336 traffic signs have been replaced. 

The contract, which began in January 2013, also involves street cleaning, removal of fly tips, and managing trees and grounds.

Councillor Guy Lambert, cabinet member for highways, recycling and trading companies, said: “Keeping our streets maintained and clean is a constant challenge and we need residents to help by not littering and fly tipping, as it is costly to clean up and a blight on our borough. 

"However, we are particularly proud to be recognised as one of the two best authorities amongst 32 London boroughs for the state of repair of our roads, having been well down the league table just a few years ago. 

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.

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

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