A new framework spanning 11 Local Highways Authorities in the East of England is set to save the local tax payer millions of pounds over the next four years.

The Eastern Highways Framework 2 has been developed to reduce the costs of delivering highway maintenance and improvement schemes by creating a bank of contractors who have the skills and expertise to manage schemes up to £20m.

The Framework which could be worth up to £750m over four years will reduce the time and cost it takes for projects such as roundabouts, cycle paths, new roads and other infrastructure to be built. The programme also provides an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways.

The exercise was led by Cambridgeshire County Council on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance "“ a collaboration between 11 local authorities. The firms which have successfully gone through the tender process are: Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd, Fox Building & Engineering Ltd, Henderson & Taylor FM Ltd, John Henry & Sons Civil Engineers Ltd, Murrill Construction Ltd, Toppesfield Ltd, W&H Roads Ltd, Carillion PLC "“ Carillion Construction Services, Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd, Interserve Construction Ltd, Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd and Morgan Sindall.

Cllr Roger Hickford, Chairman of Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 2 has been a huge task led by ourselves in Cambridgeshire which will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the East of England deliver highway works. The first framework, which was set up in 2012, used four contractors to deliver schemes up to the value of £10m. This framework made some significant savings for all the Councils involved so the new framework, which is split between work up to £1.5m and contracts valued from £1m to £20m, will save considerable funds and time for us all. It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face."

Rob Smith, Deputy Director - Environment (Highways) at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "The Eastern Highways Framework 2 will be a vital tool for the eleven councils involved as we all strive to deliver the services our residents need while balancing our increasingly tight budgets. By working in partnership, we are able to harness the power of procuring contractors together which brings significant financial benefits for us. It will also bring significant benefits to communities over the lifetime of the framework by ensuring we have the best contractors possible working on our highways."

The members of the Eastern Highways Alliance are: Bedford Borough Council Cambridgeshire County Council, , Central Bedfordshire Council, Essex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council,  Luton Borough Council, Norfolk County Council , Peterborough City Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council,  Suffolk County Council and Thurrock Council

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