Nottinghamshire highways services company Via East Midlands continues strong performance
Via East Midlands has continued its strong performance over the past six months, despite the challenging conditions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Now into its fifth year of operation, Via delivers highways and fleet management services across Nottinghamshire, as well as providing services for a growing base of commercial clients throughout the East Midlands.
Along with remaining on-target to deliver a profit for this financial year, which is reinvested into front-line services in the county, Via’s continued operation throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has ensured that highway services have remained largely unaffected.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman for the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Today’s committee discussions around the work of Via and it’s plans has been invaluable. Carrying out essential services in a different way is critical to allow Council services to continue and Via is testament to the success of that model.
“Id like to put on record my thanks to all the team who have worked tirelessly before and throughout the pandemic to ensure safety is the number one priority for the people of Notts.”
Via’s operational teams deliver critical and support services such as emergency and incident response, highway inspections, reactive repairs, roadspace co-ordination, winter maintenance, vehicle maintenance and repairs together with key network management services and targeted inspections where safety issues were reported.
Via’s depots and offices have been made Covid-secure, including the Via Training Centre which reopened to external delegates in July with additional measures in place to ensure safety. This coincides with the build of a new purpose-built training centre, which is due to open at Via’s Bilsthorpe base later this year.
The year to date has also seen Via make significant progress in its performance and quality management with the successful migration to the internationally recognised BSI ISO 45001 Health and Safety Standard and following an in-depth audit by British Standards Institute, Via has been recommended for accreditation to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. Additionally, Via has achieved Constructionline Gold status, a further recognition of the quality of the services it provides.
Innovation has continued to be a key focus for Via and recent work has included partnering with Tarmac to trial an innovative new sustainable asphalt made from recycled waste tyres, whilst also using Gaist’s HD video data to survey and map the condition of the unclassified road network to assess the maintenance needs of the network in future programmes.
Via has also commenced the in-house delivery of day to day traffic signal maintenance works, adding to the existing functions of design, network management, installation and repair, to give a complete one-stop shop for traffic signals - something that is quite unique in the UK.
Reflecting on the achievements of the year-to-date, Managing Director Doug Coutts said:
“I’m extremely proud of how Via has performed during the first part of the year.
“We are all well aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has created extremely challenging conditions for organisations across the world, and we are no different.
“However, our excellent team has worked in close liaison with Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) and has continued to deliver vital services to a high standard for both NCC and our external customers, in a Covid-secure way with minimal impact on service delivery.
“Our credentials in the industry continue to grow, which has been recognised through our recent accreditations.”
“The continued innovations from our team are not only improving the service we offer to Nottinghamshire residents and customers, but also providing us with exciting new opportunities to grow the business in different areas.”