Employment freeze to protect council jobs blamed for state of roads in Wales

Roads and pavements are deteriorating due to a recruitment freeze aimed at protecting council employees’ jobs, councillors have been told. Denbighshire council is facing a £20-£26m black hole next year and a £3.3m shortfall in the current financial year, reports Nation Cymru. At a cabinet meeting at the council’s Ruthin County Hall HQ, council officers […]

Knowsley Council starts search for contractors for £100 million highways works contract

Knowsley Council has started its search for contractors for a highways works contract. The council is looking for contractors to deliver a range of services all based around planned and reactive maintenance and highways capital investment projects. The Highways Term Service and Associated Professional Services contracts will run for seven years with a possible three […]

Warwickshire County Council to change pothole reporting

Warwickshire County Council has declared it wants to make changes to the system for reporting issues in the pipeline The current system allows for members of the public to report potholes through a live web page on the council’s website, pinpointing the problem area or areas on a map. It opens by laying out anticipated outcomes […]

Kent County Council starts procurement process for highways professional services

Kent County Council is planning a Procurement process to put in place a new Framework to deliver Professional Services. Prior to the commencement of the procurement process, the council has said it wishes to engage with key stakeholders to gather information to help shape its procurement strategy. Kent County Council wishes to secure the services […]

National Highways, Amey and Multevo work collaboratively to deliver savings on cost and carbon

National Highways and Amey have embarked on a project to create more efficient and cost-effective solutions to delivering small scale patching on the strategic road network. A number of supply chain partners presented their solutions and Multevo were successfully awarded the project. The project trial focussed on ‘corrective’ patching i.e., fixing the problem alongside planned […]

Milton Keynes Council start search for contractors for highways service

Milton Keynes Council has started its search for contractors to deliver its highways term maintenance and capital works. The works covered by the £350M contract are comprehensive and cover all routine, reactive and planned works that need to be delivered by the authority. Milton Keynes is seeking a contractor that will prioritise the use of […]

Aberdeenshire Council begins programme of surface dressing works across the north-east

Aberdeenshire Council’s programme of surface dressing works is now underway across the north-east. Surface dressing is used as an effective and cost-efficient way to extend the lifespan of roads. Although the newly dressed road is mechanically swept a number of times after being treated, it takes several days for chips to embed fully into the […]

Highland Council increases investment in roads by over £14M

Funding to improve Highland roads is being increased by over £14m following a decision made at last week’s Highland Council budget setting meeting. An additional investment of £12.8M to increase the current capital programme will bring the total budget for the coming year up to £20M. On top of this, new investment of £1.26m in […]

York councillors speak out against road fund reductions

Councillors have hit out at new research which shows York’s allocation of national road repair funding has been slashed by almost a third by central government. In 2020/21 York received a total of £4m towards highways maintenance from central government. The council says this was cut by 29.5% (£1.2m) to £2.8m in 2021/22 and this […]

National Highways to extend Project Bank Accounts to protect more suppliers

National Highways is to extend its Project Bank Accounts to protect more smaller subcontrators working on roads projects. All tier 1 contractors and tier 2 subcontractors will become automatic beneficiaries on new contracts. Project Bank Accounts (PBA) were first introduced in 2012 to ensure monies are held in trust in the event of lead contractor […]


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