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Department for Transport uses SE7 to promote national efficiency programme

The SE7 group of major regional councils is being used to promote a Department for Transport efficiency drive.

The national Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) seeks to identify and promote innovative ways of addressing road maintenance issues.

SE7’s work, which includes the launch last month of the UK’s first masters degree course to train the next generation of public sector highway managers, features in new videos for the HMEP.

The films includes interviews with leader David Hodge as well as Hampshire County Council’s chief executive Andrew Smith OBE.

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker also reiterates that the initiative is being extended to 2018.

Surrey County Council has the lead role in SE7 for finding ways to improve highway services and cut costs. The other councils involved in SE7 are East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Brighton and Hove, and Medway.

Mr Hodge said: “I welcome the DfT’s continued commitment to this programme and the ministerial backing for it. We believe that by setting out clear objectives and a clear identity for what we want to achieve by working together, we now know we can deliver much better quality services but at a lower cost.

“The public sector should be seen as a single team cooperating to save money wherever possible. Sharing services, pooling resources and working in partnership will ensure local taxpayers’ money goes further and residents get the very best services.”

Two videos can be found on YouTube.


For more information, please contact Senior Media Relations Officer Kevin Richardson on 0208 541 7267


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