DCP Rates – Highways England Digging Holes for Themselves?

Is stating they have no  Damage to Crown Property (DCP) Rates1 for repairs undertaken by their contractors, the lesser of 2 evils for Highways England? Is a (false?) confession ‘we have never been able to check the invoices but have simply paid £millions‘ better than the alternative; ‘we have the rates but let contractors charge what they want and … […]

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Confession Time – Area 9 Investigation ‘Lack of Transparency’ Admission

Highways England fail to put their own house in order.  26/10/2015 the Public Authority were informed – Kier Highways Ltd charging of Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers and Insurers) was excessive, wrong.  But did they listen? No!  Tim Reardon, the Authority’s General Counsel wrote: I am looking at the various emails you have sent on the subject of Green claims, […]

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Defined Costs … a Myth

In a ‘Statement of Truth‘  Highways England explained that between 2013 and 07/2018, they received 175 FoIA requests & reviews for ‘rate related’ information.  Of these, 118 were from others.  Highways England knows precisely what I have been seeking, explaining (n the statement) the majority relate to a specific issue or related issues, namely the rates that contractors charge third […]

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Balfour Beatty & Leicester City Council Rates

An FoIA request to better understand the difference between ‘mates rates’ the contractor charges to their Public Authority employers and the far higher rates the contractor charges to Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers and insurers) for conducting the same work, using the same resources. Balfour Beatty was selected as preferred bidder by Leicester City. The contract includes: The installation of new […]

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Area 10 Rates – Plant 2017 & 2018

As Area 10 passes from Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald (BBMM) today, we post the VRM’s, make and models of vehicles that are commonly seen associated with BBMM claims.  We have also added the hourly rates charged to Highways England, the DCP rates. Whilst Third Parties (Drivers, fleets, hauliers and insurers) are subject to CECA rates, Highways England are charged using […]

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