The Office of Rail and Road is looking to appoint a consultancy to lead a new study into Highways England and its supply chain.
The study will follow on from a previous study which looked at whether the Highways England supply chain had the capability and capacity to deliver the current Roads Investment Strategy (RIS).
This latest study will examine whether Highways England has taken forward the recommendations from its review published last April called Highways England’s supply chain capability. This study found suppliers had concerns with capacity constraints, particularly manpower, as resource requirements increase over the five years of RIS. Likewise, it found that suppliers want more detailed and consistent information about work in the pipeline. It also suggested ways that Highways England might identify risks to the programme earlier.
The ORR will appoint a consultancy to support this new work.
The project will seek current views and concerns in terms of delivering the Roads Investment Strategy (RIS). It will also ask suppliers what Highways England can do to support their delivery work.
It will also look at what the supply chain can better do to deliver RIS and the extent to which the supply chain is responding to Highways England.
Highways England said it is working with the ORR on the study.