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Highways Agency launches procurement strategy

The Highways Agency wants the industry to come up with innovative ideas in order to meet value, delivery and sustainability targets, as part of its new procurement strategy.

The strategy: “Delivering Sustainable Value through Supply Chain Management” outlines the Agency’s approach to procuring goods, services and construction expertise over the next 5-10 years.

The Highways Agency’s Procurement Director, David Poole, said: “Our new procurement strategy shows how we continue to build on the successes of the previous work, but it also makes clear the key role for procurement in meeting the evolving needs of our customers and the strategic road network.

“The approach will be essential in helping the Agency operate more commercially. Specific initiatives, like supply chain mapping and the purchase and management of common category requirements hold the prospect of delivering parts of the managed motorway programme and other projects more efficiently and at better value for money.

“In this strategy we make it clear that we will be taking further steps to reward best-performing suppliers and those who respond most positively to the increasing challenges of the sustainability agenda.”

The strategy sets out how the Highways Agency will procure the goods and services it needs as the operator of England’s major roads, including for delivery of the Government’s investment programme of up to £6bn to improve motorways and major A roads.

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