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Major projects directorate to stay

Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton has confirmed that the agency’s major projects directorate will remain, despite cuts to its budget and the loss of its influential director Nirmal Kotecha.

Last October’s Comprehensive Spending Review saw the Agency’s budget for major projects, capital maintenance and enhancements cut to £4bn over the four years of the review period.

Earlier this month it was announced that Kotecha was leaving the Agency next month to join energy distributor UK Power Networks (NCE 8 September).

Dalton said that it was important for the directorate’s team to stay together.

“We have got to a place where the Agency is acknowledged as delivering major projects when it said it would and for how much it said it would.

“That is not where we were four years ago,” he said.

Kotecha joined the Agency in 2008 to instil a more commercial approach to the Agency’s projects and has since worked with his team of 350 staff to put in place effective project control systems.

“We have got a team that is working. I am not going to take that apart,” said Dalton.

Dalton said one of Kotecha’s team would step up to replace him in the short term.

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  • John Mather

    Well that's good news, there's a recognised need to develop and nurture in-house project management skills. Would be nice to see the HA with a wider portfolio than they currently have. I guess we need the decision-makers to look beyond HS2 and Crossrail!

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