Fuel Spills – Whose Fault?

A fuel spill can cause a hazard to motorists and if not treated promptly, result in costly, time consuming resurfacing requiring lanes closures further interfering with traffic flow.  Cleansing is quick, efficient and often all that is required … but being cheaper, it provides little return for a Highways Contractor. May 2012 saw the Forth Bridge subject to almost a […]

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Kier Highways Alert – Systematic State-Enabled Exaggeration

To understand the basic process of billing, please click here. It appears Highways England are again seeking to keep information from the public they should be serving.  This time providing a non-specific response to a Freedom of information request at WhatDoTheyKnow the specific request titled: Kier Highways Ltd INCIDENT RESPONSE. Anyone receiving a Kier Highways Ltd (Kier) demand for payment in Area […]

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Price vs Performance

13/11/2018 – FOI REQUEST 767,255 RELATED TO THE £8.7 BILLION DELIVERY INTEGRATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDED TO 13 SUPPLIERS Q: What caused performance to be the basis, not price? A: • The initial competition was based on a ratio of 80% quality assessment and 20% price assessment. • The awarding of future work within the Delivery Integration Partnership will be based on performance […]

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Kier AIW’s get the BMW i8?

Kier, having sought to reassure Highways England that their claims for vehicles not associated with repairs have been addressed, have submitted a charge for an AIW vehicle: Highways England’s rubber-stamping of invoices for payment has caused the above to be paid and the sum demanded from a Third Party.   However, the vehicle is far from a Mercedes van … once […]

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Highways England Fails to Address Area 9 Exaggeration

Following the allegations and corroborative information provided to Highways England 22/06/2017 relating to Area 9 charges being: non-complaint with the contract uplifts amounting to fraud After over a year, Highways England fails to comment on the specifics, Jim O’Sullivan, appointed Chief Executive of Highways England in July 2015, responding 21/09/2018: I can tell you that the investigation into Area 9 […]

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Kier DCP Manager

Kier’s Damage to Crown Property Manager is regularly overcharged to Third Parties; drivers, fleets and insurers. It is common to see the DCP Manager, Dan Hay (2016/2017) charged at an excessive rate with 1/2 hour assigned to ‘planning’ and another 1/2 hour associated with ‘pricing’ but whilst Kier will state to Courts that this total of 1 hour is an […]

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AIW Salary & Training Costs

Kier Highways Asset Inspection Watchmen earning basic £60,000 / year? In 2016, an internal email at Highways England stated:  If the hourly rate of an AIW increased by £20 / hour in or about 07/2014 and Highways England were paying no more than £24 / hr then and now, were they really paying just £4 / hour before 07/2014, or […]

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Appendix A to Annex 23 vs Reasonable Costs

10/10/2018 FoIA response @ WhatDoTheyKnow With regard to Appendix A to Annex 23 Tim Reardon, General Counsel for Highways England has written: In an attempt to close the matter down, can I underline the legal position in relation to Highways England’s entitlement to be recompensed for damage to its asset, the strategic road network: Where the damage is caused by the negligence […]

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Kier Vehicle Investigation

03/09/2018 – Following concerns we have raised since 2016 about Kier Highways Ltd (Kier) charging for vehicle registration marks (VRM’s) cited in claim papers that were not, or could not, used for attending incidents or undertaking repairs, Highways England’s Chief Executive is, almost 2 years later, investigating.  In an email copied to: Chris Grayling the Secretary of State for Transport Tom […]

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