Essex Highways has been nationally recognised for its upkeep of roads and pavements in the county.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has rewarded the efforts of Essex County Council and its highways partner, Ringway Jacobs, with the prestigious ISO 55001 for effective maintenance of Essex roads.
Essex’s highways total infrastructure is valued at more than £10 billion (excluding land) and includes:
- More than 5,000 miles of roads
- 4,000 miles of footways and cycleways
- 4,000 miles of public rights of way
- 125,000 streetlights
- More than 1,500 bridges, culverts, subways and tunnels
Cllr Ian Grundy, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is a major recognition of our approach by BSI and establishes us as one of the leading Highways authorities in the UK.
“The ISO award recognises our excellent management of highways maintenance. It’s how we prioritise repairs and improvements to make the most effective use of taxpayers’ money.
“Achieving this standard is a good indication that we will pass the Government’s highest benchmark allowing us access to £1.2 million in funding next year. This money will be used to further improve the condition of our roads.
“I pay tribute to our strategic partnership for Highways with Ringway Jacobs, who now have their second Highways contract ISO 50001 in the UK. Essex Highways is one of just a handful of highways authorities in the country to achieve this standard, which is great news to help keep Essex moving.”
Essex Highways’ approach to improving road condition includes £91 million pounds of investment in the network this year to extend the life of many roads, and prevent defects forming for years to come.
Ringway Jacobs Essex Operations Director, Andy Denman, said: “The asset management approach is quite easy to grasp in theory, but it has taken a lot of hard work at every level and in every single team at Essex Highways to make the change. This is not the final destination, but that the accreditation demonstrates that we are on the right track, not just now but for years ahead. Everyone in our team is working together to give residents in Essex the best achievable roads for the investment available. Ringway Jacobs has now proved, in two of our Council Highways partnerships, that we are world-class at delivering an asset-led approach.”
Carla Whyte, Senior Client Propositions Manager at BSI commented: “Certification to ISO 55001 will provide Essex’s Highways Service, their customers and other stakeholders with the assurance that they are carrying out best practice in the management of physical assets. A robust asset management system helps make the most of assets while balancing financial, environmental and social costs, risk, quality of service and performance and Essex’s Highways Service should be proud that they are able to demonstrate this.”