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20 May 2011

Mott MacDonald completes Jamaican highways project with tour of Hampshire highways authority

Mott MacDonald’s 30 month commission to assist the Jamaican government with the management of its highways drew to a close recently, finishing with the organisation of a week-long tour for engineers from Jamaica to visit Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) highways authority in the UK on 4 April 2011.

During the tour the engineers were shown how HCC manage and maintain roads in terms of network hierarchy, maintenance priorities as well as longer term strategies such as operation restore and resilience. Asset management was also a principal theme for the visitors, due to Jamaica’s resource rich yet finance poor environment. HCC and Mott MacDonald helped the engineers realise the maximum benefit of utilising resource rich areas.

Mott MacDonald’s divisional director Ric Staniforth said, “The tour was been a great success for both Hampshire County Council and Mott MacDonald in helping Jamaica plan for better maintenance and management of their road network.”

“Although there are differences in the roads in Jamaica and Hampshire, such as climatic conditions, the management of the network is equally important for both parties as they are vital for communications and economic prosperity. We hope that our knowledge and experience of maintenance methods will be beneficial for the Jamaican Government in the future,” Ric added.

Throughout the commission, which was funded by the European Union, Mott MacDonald provided the Jamaican government with technical guidance in institutional strengthening and improving road maintenance.

HCC’s highways authority was chosen as it was named number one for county councils with residents’ overall condition of highways in the south east of England in the 2010 National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey.


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