Essex Council highways department wins national award

Politics / Mon 15th Jun 2015 at 08:37am

A PARTNERSHIP between Essex County Council and Ringway Jacobs has won a prestigious national highways award.

It won the CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) Awards in the Effective Partnerships category, beating many larger organisations to the coveted annual honour.

At the award ceremony in central London on Tuesday night, the judging panel said: “The Essex County Council and Ringway Jacobs partnership was the clear winner from an extremely strong field of entries. A model of effective partnership working built on shared objectives and problem solving. A shining example of what can be achieved through true collaboration.”

Ringway Jacobs was appointed as the strategic partner to Essex County Council to maintain the county’s 4,500 mile road network in 2012.

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation Cllr Rodney Bass, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award which is an excellent testimony of our partnership with Ringway Jacobs.”

Ringway Jacobs Managing Director, Mike Norman, added: “We pride ourselves on the good relationship we have with Essex County Council and how, with shared goals, we are delivering its objectives for the people of Essex.”

Based in Chelmsford, the partnership places more than 30 per cent of its expenditure through local Essex businesses, has taken on 50 new apprentices and developed graduate opportunities with Anglia Ruskin University. All its employees are encouraged to volunteer for community programmes and engage with schools to raise the industry’s profile.

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