Councils save £1m bundling repairs

Three neighbouring councils have joined together to sign a highways contract that it is hoped will bring joint savings of £1 million a year.

Solihull Council, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have undergone a procurement process that sees them jointly employ Balfour Beatty for their highways work.

The Councils have the ability to use the contract to provide:
• routine and planned highways work eg. pot hole repairs,resurfacing, building new roads
• street lighting
• bridge maintenance
• traffic projects, such as calming, zebra crossings, junction realignments
• winter maintenance
• drainage works

The contract will cover around 5,400km of roads, and create savings of £1m each year.

Councillor Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “The highways maintenance contract delivers one of our core services and its performance is incredibly important to residents and businesses.

“By agreeing a highways contract as three-way partnership, we will be able to deliver far better value for money to the taxpayer.

“As neighbours, it makes perfect sense for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull to join up and deliver a more efficient service through collaborative working.”

The agreement comes into effect in 2013, with Balfour working from a base in each area.

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