Surrey County Council’s head of highways has spoken at a national event looking at improving roads that featured Transport Minister Norman Baker.
Jason Russell talked at the Highways Maintenance 2012: Driving Change conference in his role for the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP).
The HMEP, launched by Mr Baker last year, seeks to identify and promote innovative ways of addressing road maintenance issues.
Mr Baker gave a speech via a recorded video and it was the second time in two months that the county council’s Assistant Director for Highways has shared a national event with him.
At the Future Highways Delivery conference in March, the minister championed the work being done by the SE7* group of major councils for its work to unearth road maintenance savings.
Surrey has the lead role in SE7 for finding ways to improve highway services and cut costs. The other councils involved are East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Brighton and Hove and Medway.
Mr Russell set out how the HMEP aims to make highways services better and more cost-effective at both events.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “I’m proud that the expertise of one of the county council’s staff is being called upon to inform national policy.
“I firmly believe that the public sector should be seen as a single team cooperating to save money wherever possible and SE7 is doing this while ensuring residents get the very best service.”