THE HIGHWAYS Agency has confirmed that it is to scrap its 24 super agencies and term maintenance contractors in favour of single entity 'service contractors'.
Agency network and customer services director Peter Nutt said the industry would be consulted on changes to maintenance procurement 'in the next few weeks'.
He added: 'The consultation will seek to establish when we will carry out pilot schemes for service approach contracts longer than existing super agency and term maintenance contracts.'
The plan, which was exclusively revealed in NCE (January 14) would require contractors and consultants to form joint ventures to deliver a defined level of service rather than a prescribed programme of works.
The first four super agency and term maintenance contracts in areas three, five, six, and eight end next year. A further four will be hived off to the proposed Greater London Authority and the remaining 16 end in 2001 and 2002.
The Agency also named its network and customer services managers for its new four-region structure (NCE 6 May). They are: Kevin Lasbury for the North; Gwyn Drake for the Midlands; Jim Boud for the South East; and Clive Farnham for the South West.
The managers act as the 'road owner' and determine which maintenance and small improvement projects are carried out on the network.