Highways England has launched its new delivery model in the East Midlands.
The new model in Area 7 follows the end of the contract with A-one+ at the end of June. The new model means Highways England will make its own investment decisions, bringing project management in house, moving away from the previous asset support contract model.
Amey won a deal worth up to £300M in March for the maintenance and response contract for Area 7, which will last for up to 15 years. A new five-year design services contract, with an expected value of over £25M, was awarded to Kier Highways in March as well.
Highways England operations director Mike Wilson said: “This is a massive achievement for Highway England. This new delivery model is symbolic of our commitment to continually driving improvement in how our roads are maintained, improved and operated, so that we can provide the best possible quality of service to our customers.
“We are looking forward to working collaboratively with our new colleagues from the supply chain over the coming months and years, and believe that this approach will benefit all parties, from the supply chain through to drivers on our roads.”
The asset-led delivery model will be rolled out in the South West (Areas 1 and 2) and either side of the Pennines (Areas 13 and 14) later this year. In Areas 13 and 14, tenders will be invited in May and June this year, with contracts set to go live from April 1, 2017. Tenders for the South West will be invited from mid-August, with contracts set to go live in July 2017.
The team at the new Highways England East Midlands office in Mansfield is pictured.