Ten councils in the east of England have launched a framework for delivering highway maintenance and improvement schemes that could be worth up to £400m over four years.
The Eastern Highways Framework 3 has created a bank of contractors to manage schemes worth up to £30m such as roundabouts, cycle paths, new roads and other infrastructure.
Marlborough Highways were one of the successful contractors awarded onto the framework along with BAM Nuttall, Dyer & Butler Ltd, John Sisk & Son, Eurovia UK Ltd, Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, Interserve Construction Ltd and Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd.
The framework will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the East of England deliver highway works. The councils say the framework will aim to reduce the time and cost of such projects and provide an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways.
The exercise was led by Essex County Council on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance which has been in existence for the last eight years.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 3 has been a huge task, led by Essex County Council, in collaboration with the authorities of the Eastern Highways Alliance.
“It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face.”
The members of the Eastern Highways Alliance are: 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.