[4/11/2018] United Kingdom: five years of investment in the London Borough of Hounslow
Hounslow has since benefited from a total investment of €110 million (£96 million), making it one of the best boroughs in London for streets and public spaces.
This transformation was carried out through an initial investment as part of the Hounslow Highways maintenance service. This investment enabled Hounslow to be named London’s second-best borough with regard to road condition, going from the bottom of the list (32nd out of 33) to near the very top.
Hounslow Highways has:
• Transformed 94% of the borough’s roads through maintenance treatment, specialised surfacing to reduce hazard areas at high-risk locations, and the replacement of 13,336 street lights
• Implemented 30,000 sq m of anti-skid surfacing
• Resurfaced 1,041 footways
• Replaced 15,093 street lights and 362 heritage lights with new LED lanterns, thereby reducing the borough’s lighting-related costs by 55%
• Refurbished five bridges
Maintenance and improvements to the network will continue as part of this innovative partnership with the borough and local residents until 2038. Local residents will continue to have a say in further improvements to the safety, maintenance, and appearance of streets and public spaces thanks to the volunteering programme established as part of this partnership.
Hounslow Highways will remain an active local player, providing local employment opportunities and apprenticeships, supporting Junior Citizens events in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police, contributing to the Hounslow Business Awards and Enabling Enterprise days, and pursuing its work with local interest groups, charities, and schools.