EFFORTS to improve highways across the county have been recognised after Essex County Council was shortlisted for a National Transport Award.
The Council will find out next week (Thursday, October 8) if it has secured the coveted Transport Local Authority of the Year award at a national ceremony in London.
The nomination comes just three years after Essex County Council entered into a productive partnership with highways services provider, Ringway Jacobs.
Cllr Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation said: “Keeping Essex’s roads moving is an integral part of supporting growth and business throughout the county.
“The tireless effort and dedication consistently demonstrated by our people, both on the ground and behind closed doors, deserves this national recognition.
“We will continue to focus on improving the Essex road network. And whether we win this award or not, I would like to take this opportunity to praise the excellent work our highways teams do day-in, day-out to keep Essex moving.”
This year saw the number of unrepaired potholes and carriageway defects on the county’s busiest roads fall by 70 percent in the three months leading up to July, compared with the same period in 2014.
The crackdown on road defects was just one of a number of initiatives brought in this year in a bid to improve travel for Essex residents and businesses.
Other notable Essex nominees for the National Transport Awards include London Stansted Airport, which has been nominated for Airport of the Year.
The international airport will compete with south Essex’s London Southend Airport for the award at the ceremony at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel on Thursday, October 8.
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