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TfL hands out 'toughened up' road contracts for capital

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TRANSPORT FOR London (TfL) has named the contractors that will carry out £1bn of road maintenance across the capital, through its 'toughened up' term contracts.

The number of maintenance areas has been cut from five to three and the consultants that acted as stewards for each area have been dumped.

TfL will now deal directly with its contractors and will carry out regular inspections.

The contracts will include independent audits every six months.

TfL commissioner Peter Hendy told NCE last month that the move is to allow him to take a tighter grip over companies that work for him (NCE 9 November).

Director of road network management Chris Connor said: 'These new contracts will see TfL taking a much more handson approach.' new Highway Maintenance and Works contracts, worth a combined £125M a year over 10 years, will cover three geographic areas of north, south and central London.

Subject to a 10 day coolingoff period the contractors for each area will be: North: Amey Infrastructure Services South: Accord MP Central: Ringway Jacobs.

The contracts will use the NEC form of contract and are being awarded for six-year terms, with yearly increments up to the 10 year mark.

Contractors were selected on the basis of best and most economically advantageous tender, based on the quality of service provision, risk mitigation and price. In taking on the extra workload, TfL will be strengthening its in-house project management.

'As a major player in the transport field we will be seeking to strengthen our team over the coming months, particularly in the area of road network and projects management, ' said Connor.

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