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Atkins to review RFA spending

Atkins has been appointed by One NorthEast to critically review and develop improved programme management procedures for transport schemes in the North East’s Regional Funding Allocation.

The RFA allows regions to make their own decisions on transport development.

This includes local transport and highways authorities’ major schemes costing more than £5 million under the Local Transport Plan system - together with major Highways Agency schemes, other than those on motorways and trunk roads of greatest strategic importance.

Connectivity specialist adviser at One NorthEast Simon Dove said: “Atkins work will play a vital role in ensuring the region can understand the status and progress of the Regional Funding Allocation and maximise the benefits of planned transport schemes for the region.”

Atkins will critically review the current processes used by the regional partners, compare these with best practice from around the country, and develop a revised protocol for programme managing the RFA.

The protocol will allow the region to objectively assess major transport schemes that are affected by changes to their costs, determine whether new major schemes can enter the RFA, and programme manage the RFA portfolio.