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Ringway Hounslow Highways and London Borough of Hounslow win prestigious MJ Award for outstanding Highways Management
June 28, 2018 / Corporate

Ringway Hounslow Highways and London Borough of Hounslow win prestigious MJ Award for outstanding Highways Management

Ringway Hounslow Highways and the London Borough of Hounslow have won a prestigious MJ Award after being named winner of the Highways Management for a strategic asset management approach to delivering highway services.

The MJ Award recognised the innovative partnership between Ringway Hounslow Highways (RHH) and the London Borough of Hounslow, in which RHH delivers all highway management services, including a significant investment programme, to significantly improve the Borough’s highways, footways, lighting and structures assets under a proactive and progressive Asset Management strategy.

 

The 25-year public private partnership, which began in 2013, involves direct investment across the highways infrastructure in a way that positively delivers against long-term asset management principles to improve connectivity for the Borough’s travelling public, while at the same time delivering an improved quality of environment that reflects the close community spirit of this vibrant west London area.

 

Former Home Secretary the Rt Hon Alan Johnson presented the award at a ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in recognition of this asset based approach, together with the assessment of short, medium and long-term risks, which is built on the principles of the new highways Code of Practice; Well Managed Highways Infrastructure, and enables the delivery of detailed planning of works for the next 20 years and beyond.

 

The public private partnership between Hounslow Highways and the London Borough of Hounslow has also successfully tackled the issues of street cleanliness and the management of soft estate. The team are targeting behavioural change with regards to the environment, with a significant and proactive programme of education and awareness through community and schools’ activities, supported by increased enforcement and regulatory control that are collectively delivering significant aesthetic improvements across the Borough; an approach also being recognised through national awards from Keep Britain Tidy.

 

Rob Gillespie, Ringway 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.”

 

Councillor Guy Lambert, London Borough of Hounslow 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 has worked hard to complete all of this whilst continuing to deliver street cleaning, removal of fly tips, and managing trees and grounds maintenance. 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.”

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