19 October 2015

Northamptonshire Highways – which was created as an innovative new way of running Northamptonshire County Council’s transport and highways service - has scooped a national award.

Northamptonshire Highways was developed by merging the county council’s highways and transport department with the authority’s highways contractor, KierWSP, to form a single integrated team.

This week the team won the Highways Partnership Award 2015 at the Highway’s Magazine Excellence Award Ceremony in London.

What was the team recognised for?

Northamptonshire Highways was recognised for creating a new, efficient service which has increased performance while delivering £2.2million savings annually since its inception in 2012/2013.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Northamptonshire Highways is performing very well with improved performance and an increase in public satisfaction all down to the strength and trust in this unique partnership.

“I’m proud of everyone in the Northamptonshire Highways team for all of their hard work and commitment and would like to thank them for doing such an excellent job.

“To receive national recognition for Northamptonshire Highways is great news and shows that we are leading the way in our county with regard to how transport and highways services are delivered.

“Part of the impetus for creating this new model was of course the ongoing difficult financial condition the public sector finds itself in but it was also recognised that service delivery needed to modernise to be fit for the future.”

The three other shortlisted entries were:

  • Midlands Highway Alliance/AECOM/Waterman team for the Professional Services Partnership
  • Bristol City/Bristol Water/Virgin Media/Western Power/Wales and West
  • London Borough of Camden/ Westminster Council /Historic England/The Mercers Company

How does Northamptonshire Highways work?

Northamptonshire Highways functions with elected councillors working with a retained small team of county council highways and transport experts still deciding on which policies and standards the service should deliver.

Advantages to the new model include a new management structure which allows decisions to be made more easily with less duplication of roles and an improved team culture.

The Northamptonshire Highways Cycle CoNNect scheme was also highly commended in an award for environmental sustainability in the highways sector.