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17 November 2012 | Adam Leach
Transport for London (TfL) and boroughs in the capital jointly let four road maintenance deals that are expected to save up to £450 million.
Reduced tendering costs, more efficient use of resources and better working practices are anticipated to generate the bulk of the savings, according to TfL.
The contracts will run for eight years from April 2013 and are the first to cover all roads and highways in the London area. They will cover maintenance of existing roads and the design and construction of new ones. TfL is expected to spend around £1.2 billion through the deals. London boroughs - which are expected to make use of these arrangements when they represent better value than their own – are anticipated to spend around £1.4 billion through the deals.
Dana Skelley, director of roads at TfL, said: “Investing in a transport network that is safe, reliable and customer focused for all road users is a core part of the work that TfL does day-in, day-out. These new contracts will allow us to further deliver this in an efficient manner through joined up working with other London highway authorities, ensuring greater value for money and delivering a better road network for all.”
The TfL contracts will create 120 apprenticeships and more will be created as the boroughs also take up the deals.