Contractor Exaggeration & Profiteering

Fires & Spills on our roads have doubled … possibly due to the increase in litter and failure to address it.  But if this debris causes a fire / spill you will be blamed for ‘failure to maintain’ your vehicle without anyone questioning Highways England or their contractor failing to maintain the Highway.  Figures here. As for the costs a […]

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Highways England vs. National Audit Office

The truth is out there … but do not expect to obtain it from Highways England or their contractors. When billing Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers and insurers) following ‘Damage to Crown property’ (DCP) Highways England have recently made a confession; they overlooked setting costs for labour, plant and materials on numerators contracts for the past 6 or so years.  […]

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Highways England Withhold Audit Reports

Audits were not previously ‘commercially sensitive’.  Is it coincidence that at a time when Highways England is doing its utmost to keep from Third Parties the rates they should have been charged for the past 6 years, they are also now withholding audit information? More, to include Audits previously released in response to FoIA requests, here.

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Fires & Fluid Spills Double on our Highways

As demonstrated by the figures below, you are now twice as likley to suffer a fuel spill or fire on our highways.  To put it another way, your are more likley to have your journey delayed due to these incidents. Litter and debris is the likely cause? FIRES: from 01/01/2017 to 31/10/2017 Highways England recorded 1477 fires from 01/01/2018 to […]

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Damage to Crown Property Rates Exist

What Pubic Authority would (or would be permitted to) enter into contract after contract since 2012 but fail to put into place a schedule of rates they are to be charged for damage repairs?  But this is Highways England’s stance, they have nailed their colours to the mast; DCP Rates do not exist.  If this lack of a schedule were […]

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DCP Rates Exists; the Basic Law of Logic

‘The basic law of logic is the principle of non-contradiction, namely that it is contradictory to say that something can both be and not be at the same time.’ 05/2018 – Patrick Carney of Highways England, having considered a request for Damage to Crown Property (DCP) Rates concludes they are commercially sensitive ergo, they exist but cannot be relased. 11/2018 […]

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Have Highways England Lost Control?

Highways England are unable to stop lawyers acting for them issuing proceedings in the name of Highways England.  Following their General Counsel’s confusion about whether Kier Highways Ltd could issue proceedings in their own name, Highways England issued an authority to Corclaim / Shakespeare Martineau solicitors (Kier Highways’ lawyers): 23/11/2016 – the authority can be read here. However, it became […]

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Project Verde KPMG & Kier Highways

The latest known ‘investigation’ / audit of Kier Highways Ltd.  by KPMG  appears to have been named project name ‘Verde’; ‘Green’ claims (those against a Third Party) hence, ‘Verde’? The investigation of Kier should have commenced following a report submitted to Highway England 10/2015 about 5-fold exaggeration.  This principally dealt with the contractor’s 1153 process and related charges. The concerns […]

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Highways England’s Selective Responses to Requests for Information

Sometimes, it is not what you do say … but what you do not. 11/2016.  Jim O’Sullivan’s (Highways England CEO) emailed that the issue of costs was the subject of ‘a lot of effort‘ 09/2018.  When we sought to ascertain the extent of this effort and understand the involvement / activities of the seemingly uncontrollable Shakespeare Martineau solicitors, the Public […]

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Highways England Talk the Talk but do not Walk the Walk?

Highways England have refused to provide information relating to their CEO’s 11/2016 statement that a ‘lot of effort’ was being put into ensuring drivers only pay appropriately for the damage they cause to Crown property. The effort associated with DCP (damage to Crown property) rates, was seemingly insufficient for ‘Tim’ and ‘Nick’ to ascertain none of the ASC (contracts) had […]

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