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 Shakespeare Martineau solicitors (Kier Highways’ lawyers): 23/11/2016 – the authority can be read here. However, it became evident Kier […]

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Defined Costs … a Myth

For 5 years, 170+ FoIA requests & reviews (according to the Authority), Highways England (HE) have kept their contractors pricing schedules for Damage to Crown Property (DCP) from the public, secret, by: citing ‘commercial sensitivity’: undertaking ‘public interest tests’ seeking contractors opinions then … using the ‘vexatious exemption of the FoIA convincing the ICO how the above exemptions were appropriate engaging […]

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Area 9 Investigation Confusion

21/06/2017, we met Highways England staff, presented documentary evidence and an investigation of Kier Highways Ltd’s charging of Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers and insurers) was to have commenced.  We demonstrated gross exaggeration of claims, failure to comply with the contract and suspected fraud.  The concerns affected 1,000’s of claims and £millions. We were also concerned Highways England were not […]

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Sub-£25,000 Bills Rubber-Stamped for Payment by Highways England

Having yet to receive an accurately priced over-threshold (£10,000) contractor bill from Highways England, despite the Public Authority having paid the invoice and demanding payment of same, we sought an explanation of the process. The initial response was that to reconcile charges pre-payment would be too expensive! We obtained some further clarification: Before the final costs come through to HE, […]

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Midlands & East of England Road Maintenance Targets Missed

Highways England roads in the Midlands and the East of England have missed road maintenance targets, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). 31/01/2019 – benchmarking-highways-england-2018-progress-report Every region has exceeded the target to keep at least 97% of the network available for traffic in each of the first three years of the road period. By contrast, figure 3 […]

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Kier boss out after botched rights issue

Kier Group CEO Haydn Mursell Resigns or, to quote The Times; ‘Kier boss out after botched rights issue’. Kier Group PLC chief executive Haydn Mursell has stepped down from the construction firm with immediate effect following a disappointing rights issues. Chairman Philip Cox has been appointed executive chairman and he, along with finance director Bev Dew and chief operating officer […]

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2018 Area 9 Rates

Since 07/2014, the basis upon which a Third Party (driver, fleet, haulier or insurer) is to be charged by Kier Highways Ltd. in Area 9 is set out in Appendix A to Annex 23 of the ASC (contract).  This small Appendix should provide protection to Third Parties from over zealous contractors by setting out the formula they are to use […]

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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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