Eleven councils in the east of England have launched a framework for delivering highway maintenance and improvement schemes that could be worth up to £750m over four years.
The Eastern Highways Framework 2 has created a bank of contractors to manage schemes worth up to £20m such as roundabouts, cycle paths, new roads and other infrastructure.
Cambridgeshire CC led the creation of the framework
The councils say the framework will reduce the time and cost of such projects and provide an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways, saving millions of pounds over its lifetime.
The exercise was led by Cambridgeshire County Council on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance – a collaboration between 11 local authorities.
Cllr Roger Hickford, chairman of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: ‘It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face.’
He added: ‘The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 2 has been a huge task led by ourselves in Cambridgeshire which will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the East of England deliver highway works.
‘The first framework, which was set up in 2012, used four contractors to deliver schemes up to the value of £10m. This framework made some significant savings for all the councils involved so the new framework, which is split between work up to £1.5m and contracts valued from £1m to £20m, will save considerable funds and time for us all.’
The members of the Eastern Highways Alliance are: Bedford Borough Council Cambridgeshire County Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Essex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council, Norfolk County Council , Peterborough City Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Thurrock Council.
The firms that have successfully gone through the tender process are: Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd, Fox Building & Engineering Ltd, Henderson & Taylor FM Ltd, John Henry & Sons Civil Engineers Ltd, Murrill Construction Ltd, Toppesfield Ltd, W&H Roads Ltd, Carillion PLC – Carillion Construction Services, Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd, Interserve Construction Ltd, Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd and Morgan Sindall.