Survey puts county top

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, Leyton Rahman and Gary Marshall of Northumberland County Council.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, Leyton Rahman and Gary Marshall of Northumberland County Council.
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Northumberland County Council has been named as the most improved in the country for its highways and transportation services.

The local authority was also found to be the best improved county council for both maintenance and condition of its roads in the Highways and Transportation public satisfaction survey 2014.

The annual questionnaire compared the performance of 78 highways authorities in England and Scotland across a range of aspects of highways and transportation.

In 2013, Northumberland was in the top ten of improved councils for overall public satisfaction levels, sixth most improved for highway maintenance services, and fourth most improved for the condition of its highways.

Council leader Grant Davey said: “This is a tremendous achievement by our highways staff, who have come up with innovative and effective solutions to maintaining and improving our extensive rural roads network.”