Transport in the spotlight

ROADS and transport in Northumberland will come under the national spotlight as a new survey is launched.

Northumberland County Council is one of almost 70 authorities to sign up to a standardised survey that will ask residents the same questions, wherever they live in the country.

It will cover all aspects of highways and transport services, from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of bus services.

The National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey will then enable the councils to compare results, share best practice and identify opportunities to work together.

The 12-page questionnaire, which is expected to take about 20 minutes to complete, is being sent to a random sample of at least 4,500 Northumberland residents this month and both local and national results are due to be published later in the summer.

County Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services and Highways Alan Thompson said: “There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way.

“The county council staff are working to ensure that the people of Northumberland get value for money services that improve the quality of life for all. Public participation in this process is fundamental.”