Herts Highways win grant for 'innovative' work

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds has been awarded to Hertfordshire Highways in recognition of their innovative work. Nearly 70 local authorities submitted a bid for a share of additional government highways funding and Herts Highways was one of only 14 or

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds has been awarded to Hertfordshire Highways in recognition of their innovative work.

Nearly 70 local authorities submitted a bid for a share of additional government highways funding and Herts Highways was one of only 14 organisations who were successful.

The �500,000 Department of Transport prize was awarded to Herts Highways in recognition of their strategic approach to highways maintenance, known as asset management, which prioritises which roads they work on and when.

As part of the asset management approach, Herts Highways considers all the roads in the county in relation to each other when working out which ones to repair first, rather than automatically fixing those which look worst.

Executive Member for Highways and Transport Stuart Pile said that he was proud of the achievement and added: "Herts was one of the first local authorities to adopt an assessment management approach to maintaining our roads and we've been cited as an example of excellence by the Department of Transport on a number of occasions.