Transport for London (TfL) is leading a new approach to tendering road works by encouraging London boroughs to join forces to increase efficiency and guarantee longer term contracts.
‘Agreed in principle’
TfL has consulted with its supply chain and has devised a new eight year arrangement called the London Highways Alliance Contract. It is recommending that the 32 London boroughs and the City of London adopt the contract in the interest of efficiency and cost savings.
Each borough has already agreed in principle to award their capital works projects through the new framework but are yet to adopt it in principle or otherwise for maintenance.
“The reason why boroughs aren’t all signed up for the maintenance work contracts is because they don’t end at the same time…so they can’t just jump ship,” said TfL director of roads Dana Skelley.
“However, two boroughs, Bexley and Kingston upon Thames, have had cabinet approval to use this.”
She said that contractors could save money if used common specification efficiencies from the beginning.
This would enable them to pulling unused plant from different areas and using a joint approach to increase purchasing power for materials.
TfL has begun a prequalification process for £1.8bn of these maintenance contracts in four London regions − north east, north west, central and south.
At the moment, the two boroughs of Bexley and Kingston upon Thames have committed to be a part of this tender process, but TfL said all other boroughs were included in the tender document in case they decided to join the scheme in future.
Contractors have until 8 November to complete prequalifying questionnaires.