On the road to better highways

Residents across Cheshire East will soon be able to have their say on how local roads and transport services could be improved because Cheshire East Council has joined forces with 95 other local authorities to take part in the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey.

More than 4,000 residents can expect to receive a questionnaire, in the post, between now and the end of July. Once completed and returned, residents’ views will be compared to those of people across England and North Wales.

It is believed to be the first time a large number of separate highway authorities from all over England and parts of Wales have joined forces to carry out their surveys in a comparable format.

The results of the survey will allow local councils to share ideas about how to improve roads and public transport and to identify opportunities to work together in the future.

The survey, which is in its third year, was compiled by the National Highways and Transport Network (NHT) and the Regional Highways Improvement Group.

The questionnaire which residents receive will look at the condition of local roads, access to footways and the quality of bus services. Participation in the survery, which is being carried out by market research specialist Ipsos MORI, is voluntary and should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Cheshire East Councillor, Jamie Macrae, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Prosperity said: “There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way: as well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas to spot national, regional and local trends and make improvements.

“This is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical area over another: it is about getting a better understanding of residents’ views and working together to deliver the best possible outcomes for our residents.”

Cheshire East Council, Roads