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Highways England awards new-style framework contracts worth £434M

News   •   Jan 30, 2017 16:07 GMT

Up to £434M in new-style framework contracts awarded by Highways England to Cumbria, North Lancashire and the North East.

Highways England has teamed up with 18 companies, to help improve road journeys for drivers in Cumbria, North Lancashire and the North East of England.

The new £434M Construction Works Framework, which will start on 1 April 2017, covers 10 different specialisms of work, and is split into 15 separate lots which will run for four years.

The framework covers a range of activities that include renewal work to roads and bridges, and improvement schemes on the Highways England road network.

Highways England will directly manage both routine maintenance and the delivery of capital renewal and improvement schemes, as part of the Asset Delivery Contracts. This marks a change from previous ways of working, bringing the management of key functions in-house and taking greater control of the road network.

The first of these types of contracts began operation in the East Midland’s region in July last year.

David Poole, Executive Director for commercial and procurement at Highways England, said: “We are spending record amounts on improving our road network meaning quicker, safer and more reliable journeys for motorists. We are delighted to welcome these 18 contractors to work alongside us as part of Asset Delivery in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and the North East. These contracts demonstrate our commitment to increasing capability and understanding within Highways England and bringing Highways England closer to our customers.

“Collaboration with our supply chain is key to our new way of working and we are looking forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with the appointed contractors.”

Highways England will be working closely with the successful contractors to ensure they are ready to begin delivering key services from 1 April 2017.

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