Council prepares to award £200m highways contract

Nov 23, 2013


The ten-year contract is intended to streamline the council’s current working arrangements for its highway services.
Currently there are some 50 external contracts in place with separate providers, as well as a small amount of work performed by other council departments. This new contract, which is worth up to £200m, with see one provider replace this complex arrangement.
Cabinet Members will review the four tenders submitted at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.
Using one contractor will mean better value for money, greater efficiency and accountability and will improve the quality of the service, the council believes.
After a review by council executives, the successful bidder will be unveiled – possibly by Christmas. It is expected that the new contract will be put into action from April 2014.
Cllr John Bint, Cabinet Member responsible for Transport and Highways said:“We believe we can deliver better highways maintenance services at lower cost to Milton Keynes residents by using one carefully chosen contractor than the current arrangements involving some 50 suppliers, all on different contracts.
“This is an important milestone in the process towards better services and better value."
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