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Stand on delivery

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I would like to clarify the position on the strategy being adopted by Northamptonshire County Council to ensure that we can deliver the additional workload generated by the recent local transport capital settlements (NCE last week).

Northamptonshire reviewed its highway service as part of a best value pilot and anticipated the changes now taking place in the industry. We have embarked on a procurement strategy that will lead to a partnership arrangement that will not only bring in additional resources but also free up existing staff to deliver the service more effectively.

At present four companies or consortia are tendering for a contract that will combine the traditional roles of the consultant and contractor.

We believe this approach will lead to an integrated seamless service that should provide best value for money, allow greater flexibility and encourage innovation and investment.

The highly innovative contract introduces outcome specifications, lump sums and target costs and includes all highway and bridge design, construction and supervision, highway maintenance, winter maintenance and emergencies, inspection and assessment, street lighting, traffic control and laboratory services. It will be worth about £20M a year.

Alan Capell, head of highway engineering and procurement, Northamptonshire County Council acapell@northamptonshire.gov

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