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Up to £300m of fiscal stimulus going begging

A lack of interest from managing agent contractor firms could see £300 million of ‘fiscal stimulus’ work going to other Highways Agency frameworks.

The money, brought forward to spur on work in the roads sector, is largely set to be spent on advanced works for active traffic management schemes, along with some renewals work under the maintenance side of the agency’s business.

Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton said: “We’ve been speaking to the MAC contractors about taking on this extra work and I’m surprised there’s not more enthusiasm out there.

“It’s a real programme, the money is there and we have to spend it in the next 12 months. We have a long list of things to do and the more we can do through the MAC contracts the better.”

He added: “The work is of a manageable size and we need the supply chain to work together with us on this.”

But Mr Dalton said that if the managing agents did not want to take on the work, it would be given to other maintenance and renewals frameworks.

The Highways Agency hopes to spread the work throughout the country, keeping tier two and tier three suppliers buoyant as well as main contractors.

MAC frameworks see the winning bidder carrying out all design work, asset inspections, network maintenance management and supervision of the term maintenance contractor.

Managing Agent Contractors

Area 1 AccordMP

Area 2 InterRoute

Area 3 AccordMP

Area 4 InterRoute

Area 5 Carillion

Area 6 Atkins

Area 7 AM Scott

Area 8 Carillion

Area 9 Amey Mouchel going to Amey summer 2009

Area 10 A One

Area 11 Optima

Area 12 Carillion WSP, going to A One summer 2009

Area 13 Amey Mouchel – next one out to tender

Area 14 A One – next one out to tender

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