Coun­cil among best for road­works in­for­ma­tion

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THE coun­cil has scooped a na­tional award for keep­ing peo­ple in­formed about road­works

Cheshire East Coun­cil’s high­ways team won the ac­co­lade for ‘best use of a new tech­nol­ogy in the high­ways in­dus­try’ at the High­ways Mag­a­zine Ex­cel­lence Awards, for its use of El­gin’s Traf­fic Man­age­ment app to plan, co-or­di­nate and pub­li­cise road­works.

The coun­cil has seen an in­crease in the num­ber of per­mits for road­works be­ing pro­cessed, mean­ing there is a greater need for up-to-date in­for­ma­tion for res­i­dents and driv­ers.

The high­ways depart­ment uses the El­gin app to en­sure clo­sures and di­ver­sion routes are in­stantly dis­placed on the web­site road­works.org, so driv­ers can plan their jour­neys in ad­vance.

Coun David Brown, the coun­cil’s deputy leader and cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways, said: “Keep­ing peo­ple in­formed about road­works on our busy and ex­ten­sive net­work is es­sen­tial and this tool is mak­ing it eas­ier for them to plan their jour­neys through­out the bor­ough.

“We place a high pri­or­ity on keep­ing lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors in­formed and on work­ing to keep our traf­fic flow­ing freely and safely with as lit­tle dis­rup­tion as pos­si­ble.”

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