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Celebrating five years of investment in Hounslow’s highways and public spaces
March 8, 2018 / Corporate

Celebrating five years of investment in Hounslow’s highways and public spaces

Communities in Hounslow have seen an investment of £96 million make them one of the best boroughs in London for streets and public places.

This transformation has been realised through an initial investment push as part of the Hounslow Highways service. The largest ever investment in the borough’s highways infrastructure over such a short period, it has resulted in Hounslow being ranked 2nd best borough in London for road condition – going from one of the worst performing in 32nd out of 33, to one of the best.


Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “Our partnership with Ringway Hounslow Highways has been truly excellent. Their dedication to ensuring our roads are safe, attractive and well maintained has been second to none and has ensured we are now recognised as one of the best boroughs in London for the condition of our roads.


“They have also worked closely with our local communities to understand concerns, and take on board recommendations to improve our streets and public spaces for the benefit of all. We are five years into a 25-year contract with Hounslow Highways, which will ensure we continue to have excellent roads well into the future.”


In short, Hounslow Highways has:


• Transformed 94% of the borough’s roads through a combination of continuous reactive maintenance treatments and planned asset improvements, specialist surfacing to reduce hazard areas at high risk locations and a decluttering programme focused on removing unnecessary signs, lights and bollards, whilst replacing 13,336 signs to the highest visibility and reflectivity standards


• Resurfaced 1,041 footways and replaced 15,093 street lights and 362 heritage lights with new LED lanterns creating more accessible and attractive neighbourhoods


• Approx. 30,000m2 of High Friction Surface (anti-skid treatment to roads) has been applied on the Network – the Borough has seen a 21% improvement in accident statistics compared with the three years prior to Hounslow Highways starting work


• Delivered more than £250k through changes to LED and more efficient lighting, whilst saving 55% of the borough’s annual energy bills


• Tackled long-term problems – refurbishing five bridges, including the iconic Augustus Close Bridge, and upgraded nine specialist sites as high priority strategic roads making them fit for purpose for the next 20 years


Hounslow Highways work doesn’t stop there. Ongoing maintenance and improvements to the network will continue through this innovative partnership with the borough and local people to 2038. Having already established a partnership with locals through a volunteering programme, residents will continue to have a say in further improvements to the safety, maintenance, and appearance of streets and public places.


And Hounslow Highways will remain an important part of the regeneration of this thriving borough; continuing to provide local employment opportunities and apprenticeships, support Junior Citizens events in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police and the Borough, contributing to the Hounslow Business Awards and Enabling Enterprise days to support local and continuing to work with local interest groups, charities and schools.


Martin Clack, Divisional Director for Ringway Hounslow Highways, said: “Ringway Hounslow Highways are very proud to have delivered this five-year investment programme on time and to budget, whilst also providing core services to the community and supporting the Council in their long-term vision of inward investment and growth.


“The successes achieved have been supported by the strong collaborative relationships across all stakeholders and we look forward to the next phase of the contract where we will build on the solid foundations that have been established.”

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