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A successful drive for better value, better repairs

In order to spend less on fire-fighting highways defects repairs and more on improving its highways, the innovative partnership MGWSP Northamptonshire Highways threw out the rule book, as Lee Baker discovers

Lee Baker
Northamptonshire questioned whether meeting the 24-hour target for fixing highways defects was the best way of spending the available money
Northamptonshire questioned whether meeting the 24-hour target for fixing highways defects was the best way of spending the available money

 

Northamptonshire and its term maintenance provider are working to meet residents’ priorities with a focus on cost-effective, efficient service for keeping the county’s roads in good condition.

The county council launched a consultation exercise ahead of the publication of its draft budget for 2011/12, in order to pinpoint the top priorities of residents at a time of tighter finances. The clear message that came back was that highway maintenance was the top priority council service,...

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