Defined Costs … a Mythical Beast

Since 07/2014, in Area 9, as an example, Highways England’s (HE) contractor Kier Highways Ltd (KHL) should apply a process when charging Third Parties i.e. drivers, fleets, hauliers and insurers.   It is a simple equation: Defined Costs (£) + TP Claims Overhead (%) = Maximum Charge (£) But why was the process, Appendix A to Annex 23, kept secret until […]

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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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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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