Road project example to follow

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BLACKPOOL is telling other councils about how it achieved success in highways improvements.

The council’s Project 30 scheme - a four-year £30m mission to improve roads in the resort - has achieved national recognition and led to high levels of resident satisfaction, according to a survey.

Now the council has teamed up with two companies Gaist and Tarmac, to create HARP (the Highways Asset Renewal Partnership) to spread the word about the new approach to road repairs.

HARP, which is supported by the Department for Transport, will see the partnership provide guidance to other councils who wish to adopt a Project 30-style approach to their roads and could even help bring in revenue .

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has already begun following the Project 30 model and it is hoped others will follow suit.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport on Blackpool Council, said: “HARP will help to spread the word about Blackpool’s approach to highways management and road repairs. This demonstrates the benefits of Project 30.”

Derek Hardy, general manager maintenance strategy for Tarmac added: “We believe the transparent and open relationships formed from the partnership demonstrate a real commitment from all parties to make improvements.”

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