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Councils and Highways Agency join forces to reap savings

Ten councils and the Highways Agency are joining forces in a new venture to improve the design and delivery of highways projects and drive through efficiency gains.
The Midland Highways Alliance (MHA) is set to go live on Tuesday 17 July when 10 East Midlands highways authorities and the Highways Agency sign the Alliance Agreement at a ceremony hosted by Leicestershire County Council, the lead authority.By working together, the MHA aims to reap efficiency gains of up to 10% on contracts, speed up procurement and deliver schemes to a higher standard.At the heart of the venture is the regional procurement and delivery of highway maintenance and capital works through framework agreements. The MHA estimates that projects worth around £50M will be procured through the first of a number of regional frameworks in its first year. This is expected to increase up to £150M in the following years.Higher quality projects are also a priority as the Alliance will share innovation and performance data across its members and improve working practices and workflow throughout the supply chain.

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