Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

2011 Preview: Roads

The rules have changed when it comes to winning road jobs. The Highways Agency put its first asset support contract to market at the close of 2010 after announcing a “fundamental” rethink of maintenance deals.

Asset support contracts will replace managing agent contracts as part of the government-wide drive to cut costs. The price of
bids is now equally as important as their quality.

The government published a list of 16 road schemes approved at the CSR - but has asked local authorities to compete for a share of £600 million for other mothballed schemes. Schemes given the green light include the M60 J8-12 and J12-15; M1 J32-J35a and J39-42; and M25 J5-6/7 and J23-J27.

Important local infrastructure projects worth £300m were also confirmed, subject to a best and final offer from local authorities.
Several major deals are set to be awarded this year, including the £3bn Essex highways contract, for which seven firms have been shortlisted.

PQQs are being considered for the £800m Hertfordshire, £315m West Sussex, £250m North Yorkshire and £400m Shropshire and Cheshire roads contracts.


Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.