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Category: Highways England

Bad News! CMA are Instructed

16/06/2021 FoIA release.  Highways England’s email to their contractor, Kier Highways Ltd.: Possibly the time to seek explanations from the contractor was BEFORE paying the £66,000+ bill from the public purse? But, as with many cases involving Highways England, the concerns were not addressed, matters dragged on, the Authority seemingly unable to obtain explanations from […]

Kier Rates: ‘Codes, Descriptions & Pricing are Not CECA’

When presented Kier’s schedule of costs for ‘Traffic Management Materials’ displaying reference to CECA, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association explained: ‘the codes, descriptions and pricing shown on the attached documents have not come from or been produced by CECA‘ and were ‘at a complete loss as to whether they might have come from!‘ To review […]

Extend the Freedom of Information Act to Companies Awarded Government Contracts

Stop this process diluting the FoIA, Amend the Freedom of Information Act to cover information held by government contractors providing public goods and services such as those that manage our roads. Private companies like Amey, Balfour Beatty and Kier Highways receive millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, but because they’re not subject to FOI we cannot […]

Can Highways England Obtain Credits on Overpayments to their Contractors?

If Highways England is able to be reimbursed overpayments, as they have advised in a FoIA response 28/05/2021, why would they state otherwise? We explained a claim presented at about, £7,000, paid in full by the Authority (seemingly they rubber-stamp invoices for payment – it is too expensive to check them) contained obvious errors. For […]

Highways England’s Mishandling of Claims

Since 2012, Highways England’s contractors have, to an extent, been operating below the radar; retaining ‘small claims’ recoveries, the sub-£10,000 costs for attendance and restoration following collisions, spills and fires – ‘DCP’ (damage to Crown property) matters.  1,000’s of claims were managed by Kier Highways and Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald (BBMM) who charged drivers, fleets, […]

It is Official, the ICO states ‘DCP rates exist for Area 9’

We have long evidenced Kier Highways and Highways England acting in concert to charge Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers or their insurers), contract non-complaint rates; making exaggerated claims utilising a contract non-compliant price list – a set of high DCP (Damage to Crown Property) rates.  Kier did so by engaging a contract non-complaint process, assisted […]

Pain Gain Share “oh yes there is’ … ‘oh no there isn’t”

A ‘pain/gain share’ contract involves a risk and reward compensation regime; the parties (Highways England and their contractor) share in the financial “gain” of a project’s success or the financial “pain” of a project’s underachievement.  Both parties to the contract therefore have a shared interest in the project’s success – both have a financial incentive […]

Expect Inaccuracy on Every Highways England Claim

Do Highways England have any regard for the public purse, tax payers money?  Claims by contractors are: paid without thought overstated subject to an agreement that prevents reimbursement of overpayment What agreement was entered into that prevents a contractor reimbursing miscalculated, over-egged bills? In one claim we explained, if the works concluded January 9th, we […]

Highways England’s Approach to FoIA; ‘give (refusal) a go’ …

28/04/2021), the New Civil Engineer writes  ‘Calls for investigation into ‘insidious cover-up culture’ at Highways England‘ adding ‘Internal emails sent between senior Highways England officials and members of the organisation’s Freedom of Information (FOI) team show deliberate attempts to obfuscate the FOI process, according to MPs and campaign groups.’  Motor Transport carries the headline ‘MPs […]