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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Kier Claim Costs Correction

Kier Highways Ltd & England Highways Co. Ltd. appear keen to ensure information is kept from Third Parties (drivers, fleets & insurers).  Why? Because, we would suggest, if Third Parties knew what charges should be presented they would understand: the pricing is haphazard, unreliable being charged for ‘pricing a claim’ is ironic they are being overcharged Highways England (HE) routinely […]

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Area 9 Claim Warning

Area 9 – if you receive an invoice that displays an hourly rate for an AIW at over £30, in particular if it is for £73.05 / hour and / or the AIW has been charged with a multiplier (after 5pm of 1.5x i.e. £100+? hour) – BEWARE!  Do AIW’s really cost that much and do they only work 8am to […]

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Highway Fires – lack of whose maintenance?

Fire Service statistics indicate 300 cars a day catch fire in the UK – over 100,000 / annum. The number will include arson. A fire on our highways often results in a resurfacing claim of £15,000+ . Highways England do not believe that ‘in the ordinary course of events, a properly maintained vehicle would spontaneously catch fire with no explanation; it […]

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Profiting from Claims

If your vehicle hits a motorway barrier you, your fleet manager or insurer (Third Party), expect to be charged for the repair.  This should be by use of a prescribed methodology (contrary to what Highways England, who wrote the policy, state).  But it is not. In Area 9 the billing process was agreed in, or about, 07/2014.  But from the […]

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Are Highways England Competent?

26/04/2018 – Highways England response to an FoIA request about Appendix A – FOI CRS 750 957 Appendix A Question: Area 1 3 6 8 9 13 – is Appendix A is used in the numbered areas? Answer: Appendix A to Annex 23 is not applied to contracts used for these Areas with the exception of Area 9 ASC. Or to put it […]

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