Northamptonshire to get two highways contracts

Two separate highways contracts are set to replace the existing one in Northamptonshire, according to a council report, following the creation of the West and North unitary councils which replaced the single highways authority last year.

The former Northamptonshire County Council’s long-standing deal, understood to be worth around £50 million a year, with service providers KierWSP ends in September.

A report to be discussed by West Northamptonshire Council cabinet on Tuesday (May 3) confirmed: “Two separate highways contracts are expected to be more expensive than the current one single contract,” reports the Northamptonshire Chronicle.

Officers from the two councils are working closely together to evaluate bids although it is not known if Keir WSP, which has looked after the county’s local roads, footpaths, signage, drains and winter gritting since 2008, is among the candidates.

The report said: “The procurement timetable indicates that the contract award will be made in May 2022 in time for the services to commence under the new contract from September 12, 2022.

“Arrangements are also being finalised to enable the transfer of operational managers and staff to the new provider(s).”

The new contract is set to run for seven years, with the potential to extend to a maximum of 14 years.

Councillor Phil Larratt, WNC’s Cabinet Member for transport and highways, said: “Maintaining local roads is one of the largest, most essential services we provide to the public so it’s absolutely crucial that we shape and award a contract that delivers upon our priorities for making future improvements.

“We’ve considered and placed the needs of our residents at the heart of this procurement process, whilst also balancing the desire for high quality services alongside the future cost.

“It’s important that our new highways partner also shares our vision for a more sustainable West Northants and works with us to protect and improve our environment, economy and society for future generations.

“It’s been a long, technical and often complicated process but I’m really pleased that we’re now nearing contract completion, with a view to the new service being in place from this autumn.”

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