Charge Rates Not Commercially Sensitive

The Information Commissioner finds against Highways England’s use of ‘Commercially Sensitive’.  Is it really so wrong for drivers, fleets and insurers (Third Parties) to be provided the charge rates that Kier Highways and Highways England agreed to use when charging them – the schedule of ‘defined costs’? How can a Third Party tell if they are being charged correctly without access to […]

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Kier Highways Overcharging

In 07/2014 Kier Highways Ltd (KHL – then EM Highways) took on Area 9.  It was described as problematic by Kier, a sham(bles).  It was alleged their predecessor was deceitful in respect of works causing KHL  to go ‘cap in hand’ to Highways England seeking payments for repairs the former contractor should have undertaken. Highways England apparently possess no information […]

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Commercially Sensitive, Not Held & Vexatious

It has come to our attention that many who make requests for information of Highways England Company Ltd using the Freedom of information Act (FoIA) are being obstructed. It is apparent Highways England are using various exemptions to deny access, to avoid being transparent.  This conduct assists their contractors to overstate claims.  It appears that simply being associated with us […]

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

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Police Assist Construction Blacklisting

03/2018 – ‘Police infiltrated unions to get information for construction worker blacklist’ – The Metropolitan Police has confirmed undercover Special Branch officers supplied information to the construction industry blacklist. To read more, click here Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci said they had settled the litigation between them and individuals represented by […]

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AIW Assistance

AIW’s – a correction and thank you for the responses.  We may now understand … AIW’s work shifts weekdays (earlies, lates & nights) and a weekend roster (some on, some off) as part of their salaried duties.  AIW’s work overtime now and again for which they are paid a flat rate, their hourly rate. AIW’s are not paid a ‘multiplier’ […]

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Highways England Contradictions

Court proceedings are being issued in the name of the Public Authority Highways England by lawyers, Shakespeare Martineau (SHMA) who are instructed by Kier Highways Ltd (KHL).  Demands from KHL are being resisted  Initially we were advised by Highway England that SHMA did not act for them. Then were told ‘they do’.  Click here to read about more associated contradictions. […]

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HETO vs AIW

Either someone is providing us erroneous figures or the role of a Kier Highways AIW is rewarding particularly when compared to a Highways England Traffic Officer (HETO): AIW    £60,091.20* / annum HETO  £28,164.40 / annum *16/03/2018 – update to post substantiating the figure – click here The above does not take into consideration that the AIW salary is for […]

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Highways England & TfL Assist Exaggeration

The Freedom of information Act should result in transparency, accountability.  However, some Public Authorities such as Highways England and TfL have put information beyond the Act by effectively placing vital roles with contractors; private companies, who are not subject to FoIA. These businesses could be subject to the information legislation but the Public Authorities have failed to include the relevant […]

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Tail Wags the Dog

Highways England’s contractor, Kier Highways Ltd. (KHL), fails to provide information to them.  In one instance (S09C034), the Public Authority having paid KHL over £14,000, sought information from KHL to enable the recovery of the payment.  Highways England apparently approached KHL regularly, the updates we received were as follows:  08/2015 – ‘Apologies for the delay on this. My contact in […]

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