Nantwich’s roads will be maintained by a different company after Cheshire East Council unveiled its new approach to servicing the area’s highways.

A new fleet of gritting vehicles, roadwork updates via Twitter and savings of more than £1 million a year are being promised by the council.

Ringway Jacobs is to take over the highways service, which will see Cheshire East staff integrated with staff from former provider BAM Nuttall Ltd, on October 6.

The service must fulfil a number of priorities including pothole repairs, highways management, gritting, street lights and general maintenance.

And as part of the deal, a greater proportion of the highways service budget will be spent on repairing roads, after two harsh winters leftg many routes in disrepair.

Residents will also be able to access a new “Service Information Centre” on   including tracking gritting vehicles live.

Cheshire East Cllr Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “This is an exciting time for Cheshire East Council’s highways service.

“We have a brand new partnership with a forward-thinking provider who is going to improve the service and make much-needed savings.

“The new partnership was brought about via an extensive procurement period, undertaken openly and swiftly.”

Bill Taylor, managing director for Ringway Jacobs, said: “It is our intention to work openly in partnership with the council to deliver quality services to residents and deliver value for money to the council.”

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