Roadblock in Suffolk highways plan
In December, Suffolk County Council announced Balfour Beatty Living Places as the preferred bidder for the contract to maintain and improve Suffolk’s highways from April 1, 2013.
But, following a period of extensive discussions with the firm, the council has not been able to confirm and clarify commitments made to the point where it can provisionally award the contract.
It has therefore been decided that the procurement process will revert to the previous stage, where Suffolk County Council can liaise with any, or all, of the bidders who submitted final tenders (including Balfour Beatty Living Places), before again identifying a preferred bidder.
A spokesman for the council said that this does not affect the county council’s ambition to identify a private sector company that will be responsible for the design and implementation of highway maintenance and improvement works, winter gritting, street lighting, traffic signals and bridge works throughout the county.
A key objective to achieve £2 million of recurring revenue savings in year 2013/14 and to help the council’s transport department achieve efficiency savings of 1.5% per year remains in place.
Lucy Robinson, Suffolk County Council’s director of economy, skills and environment, said: “We are, of course, disappointed not to be moving forward as announced in December. However, I’d like to reassure people that this does not affect our overall ambition for highways maintenance in Suffolk.
“Providing a quality service while saving taxpayers money remains our focus, and the county council is continuing work towards that aim.
“We will provide more information as soon as we can.”
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