JPCS and Warrington Borough Council‘s (WBC) 20mph speed limit project has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Road Safety Scheme or Project of the Year category, at this year’s Highways Magazine Excellence Awards. The awards were held at the prestigious ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on Tuesday 21st October 2014.
The 20mph speed limit programme, using the exclusive Groundscrew innovation, was rolled out over three phases across the majority of residential roads in Warrington following an 18-month pilot in three areas to test the effectiveness of implementing 20mph speed limits without traffic calming measures or increasing enforcement demand on Police.
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Councillor Linda Dirir, executive board member for highways, transportation and climate change at Warrington Borough Council, said:
“This scheme will have huge benefits for the town. Not only does it mean increased safety for road users and residents, but lower speeds give residents the confidence to use other modes of travel, encouraging walking or cycling. The 20 mile-per-hour roll-out will also help us to work towards our environmental targets to reduce emissions and cost.”
The 20mph rollout project has been extremely successful and has delivered both cost and time savings:
- 25.5% on estimated delivery costs
- 38.9% overall time saving against original estimated scheme duration – 7 months ahead of schedule
Rosie Shanks, director at highway maintenance and civil engineering contractor JPCS, said:
“We are delighted that this project has been ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s Highways Magazine Excellence Awards 2014. The innovative Groundscrew concept, the hard work of our talented teams on the ground, and our partnership’s pioneering approach to the 20mph speed limit rollout has delivered significant added value and benefits, demonstrating the partnership’s commitment to excellence in highways.
“As well as reducing costs by over £190,000 – equating to 25 per cent of estimated costs – using Groundscrew has enabled the partnership to complete the scheme seven months ahead of schedule.”
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