National Highways planning £1bn technology framework

National Highways is about to launch a new four-year traffic technology framework worth around a billion pounds.

It’s looking for tech suppliers to support its strategy of building, maintaining and improving roads, operating the road network and providing services, such as journey information, to road users.

It’s issued a contract notice to inform the market of its plans to launch a technology framework that will be called the Information Technology Commercial Framework (ITCF). It says “The Operational Technology Commercial Framework (OTCF) was launched on the 9th July 2021 and it is hoped that the ITCF will be the second vehicle to support the delivery of National Highway’s RIS2 technology pipeline and to meet the strategic aims of National Highways. Please note, this Contract Notice relates specifically to the ITCF.”

The notice says it is for provision of ICT Goods and/or Services to enable the Customer to manage the lifecycle of all assets (eg fixed, technology, portable) utilised by the Customer in support of the Strategic Roads Network. The Customer is required to ensure that all major roads in England are dependable and durable, and enable the digitisation of the design and build of civil infrastructure on the Strategic Road Network.

(Picture – National Highways)

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