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Highways Agency to reward best value

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Your article 'Poor performers struggle with roads rankings' (NCE last week) may mislead contractors and consultants currently reviewing their commercial relationships to bid for forthcoming major highways improvement schemes.

The Highways Agency is not banning any companies from expressing an interest in major highway improvement schemes. However, the Agency's new procurement processes will reward the companies most likely to deliver best value solutions and services.

For forthcoming major highway improvement schemes, tender lists will be determined by calculating vendor ratings to rank the expressions of interest. Vendor ratings will be calculated using validated Capability Assessment Toolkit (CAT) and past performance data (PPD) scores for the individual companies making up the supplier team. Various options for aggregating company CAT and PPD scores have been considered, but I can confirm that vendor ratings will be based on averages of the individual company scores.

Gary Wright, Highways Agency supply chain manager, Gary. wright@ highways. gsi. gov. uk

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