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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Highway Repair Charges Double Overnight to Insurers

Figures obtained from Highways England evidence some rates used to charge  drivers, fleets and insurers in Area 8 doubled overnight following the appointment of Kier in April 2017.  Before this, Amey charged Highways England and Insurers using the same ‘base rates’ or defined costs’ with an example of the figures now being displayed here.  But Amey abandoned Areas 6 & […]

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Defined Costs are NOT Commercially Sensitive

An FoIA request made to Government Legal Department, passed to Highways England Company Ltd., has resulted in the release of defined costs for Area 3.  After years of having the figures withheld amid claims of ‘commercial sensitivity’ (or similar) the rates charged to Highways England by Kier Highways have been released … and as we expected, they are a lot […]

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Charge Rates are NOT Commercially Sensitive

Numerous FoIA requests have been declined by Highways England using the ‘commercially sensitive’ exemption or ‘information not held’ and even ‘vexatious’.  Indeed, it appears the latter has been used against some making requests just because we have commented on their application at www.whatdotheyknow.com – it appears our free speech is to be affected.  Not wishing to prejudice the request of […]

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Area 9 Claims – Routine Systematic Exaggeration

The ‘secret’ equation revealed … Area 9 Claims – Following a motorway collision, fire or fluid spill, who receives and is expected to pay Kier Highways Ltd’s (KHL) bill for repair of the ‘Damage to Crown Property’ (DCP) is generally dictated by the cost: if above £10,000, Highways England Company Ltd (HE) is billed by KHL, pays the invoice then seeks […]

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M25 & Litter Warning

Reported by ‘Clean Highways‘: M25 – warning notice issued over litter Alerted by  David Adam’s article in the Guardian about  CleanHighways’ M40 campaign James Miller from Newton Abbott has now issued  his own  Warning Notice the Secretary of State for Transport. James had been appalled by the littered state of certain sections of the  M25 and M3.  His complaints to […]

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