THURROCK Council has won a prestigious industry honour at The Highways Awards on Wednesday 18 October.
The Award for the Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry was presented to Thurrock Council and partners – Gaist and SOENECS – for the Pothole Spotter pilot.
Pothole-spotter, funded by the Department for Transport, uses high definition cameras attached to bin lorries to take quality pictures of roads and pavements in the borough.
The integrated navigation system and intelligent software will build up an image library of Thurrock’s highways and help officers identify problems before they become potholes.
The judges commented that ‘high quality and frequently refreshed information on potholes across networks [provides] great potential for development’.
Thurrock Council was also shortlisted in the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Award for the retrofit LED programme to replace street lighting with energy efficient LED lanterns.
Portfolio Holder for Transport, Cllr Brian Little, said: “I am immensely proud of the teams involved in this achievement.
“This award is for those who are making a significant improvement to the highways industry and through Pothole Spotter we are contributing to the wider industry as well as improving roads for our residents.”
Repairing potholes is an important part of the council’s on-going clean it, cut it, fill it work – go to thurrock.gov.uk/cleancutfill