Andrew Jones MP, road safety minister, says “there has never been a better time to work in our highways industry”.
Speaking at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards 2015 on 14 October, Mr Jones told attendees that the government ‘is spending more on roads’.
The awards, now in their 12th year, are designed to showcase ‘innovative, collaborative, efficient, safe and sustainable highway schemes, teams and products’.
Winners on the night included a partnership comprising ‘TRL, Highways England and the Road Workers’ Safety Forum’ which picked up the Judges’ Special Merit Award for efforts to eliminate road worker risks from crossing live carriageways.
In his keynote speech, Mr Jones said: “Your work is the foundation of national prosperity. It allows people and products to get across the country, it connects towns and cities and families and friends. When our roads aren’t working, Britain can’t work.
“So the country is fortunate that among the men and women who maintain our road network are some of the most hard-working, skilled, and, frankly, most important professionals in the country.
“Whether you are out painting the road markings that keep drivers on course; working to make the case for local road investment; working to design new road systems for the ever-increasing number of cars on our roads; or working on any other of the thousands of jobs required for road construction and maintenance, right here in this room tonight, we have the best of the very best.”