The East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene network surfacing team has won the team of the year title at the Highways Magazine Excellence Award, beating competition from the Olympic route network team responsible for keeping London’s traffic moving during the 2012 games.
Judges highlighted the team’s innovative and professional attributes as the reasons for the success, and said: “The enthusiasm of the whole team was very strong. It also demonstrated that public sector can compete effectively and deliver high quality outcomes.”
The team has carried out extensive resurfacing and surface dressing works during the current year, repairing over 120km of highway network.
Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would like to congratulate our frontline staff in the network surfacing team for their hard work and dedication which has been rightly recognised by this national award, all the more fitting as they have been chosen by their peers in the highways industry.
“The council is responsible for the maintenance of 3,500km of highway network, one of the largest in the UK, and continues to take a proactive approach to its upkeep, including extensive resurfacing and preventative surface dressing programmes.”
The award, sponsored by the Institute of Highways Engineers, was presented to Carl Skelton, highways maintenance services group manager, and Dave Moor, network surfacing assistant manager, by TV sports personality Steve Rider.
Carl said: “It was a real privilege to be presented with this award and it has been well-received by the team.
“Our entry was based on the council’s investment in plant and development of the team to improve delivery, flexibility, quality and efficiency of our operation and the service provided to the public.”
The council is currently drawing up its resurfacing and surface dressing programme for 2014, in line with the authority’s budget setting process.