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.