East Midlands adopts new highways maintenance approach

August 5 2015  

East Midlands adopts new highways maintenance approach
Highways England is inviting bids for a new £300M maintenance and response contract that changes the way motorways and major A-roads are managed in Area 7, the East Midlands.
 
The contract, which will run for up to 15 years, sees the strategic roads operator make a step change from its previous way of working as it looks to bring key functions in house to take direct control of the network.
 
Highways England's Area 7 future development programme director Jenny Moten said: “For the first time we will be taking control of our roads, directly engaging suppliers to help drive down cost and waste, and providing the best possible value for money for taxpayers.”
 
In a change from previous contracts the successful bidder will be expected to have a directly employed workforce as well as the capability to deliver the main contract requirements. The contract will include routine highway maintenance work on the M1 from between junctions 14 and 15 and junction 30, and on the M6 from junction 1 to the Catthorpe interchange.
 
Ms Moten added: “This new way of working will help us develop a successful, long term relationship with the successful contractor for up to 15 years.”
 
Three further contracts for design, capital works and specialist services in the East Midlands will be tendered in the next three months. All four contracts will begin on 1 July 2016, when the current Managing Agent Contract with Aone+ has expired.
 
(Photo: Highways England)

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