Following recent disclosures National Highways contractors are failing to address criminal conduct (The Sunday Times ‘Driving’), 18/07/2022, we wrote to the Authority and the DfT:
We have, since 2015, presented evidence of contract non-compliance, fraud and claim exaggeration on an industrial scale by your contractors. This behaviour has been enabled by National Highways. To date, you have repeatedly dismissed our valid concerns some of which appear here.
Will you now consider disclosing the draft KPMG audit report* which Kier objected to as contentious, and therefore prevented it being finalised? If National Highways still wish to suppress the findings of this independent audit, it would suggest that the current ‘clampdown’ is no more than public relations propaganda and that fundamentally National Highways remains complicit in covering up the dishonest conduct of one of its main contractors.’
04/03/2022 – Attempts to acquire a KPMG report critical of Kier Highways, have been thwarted by an Information Tribunal. The ‘Project Verde’ audit, which followed allegations of contract non-compliance and exaggerating claims (to include adding uplifts not incurred) was considered to have been ‘provided to National Highways in confidence’ (exemption – Section 41 of the FoIA). The Authority received KPMG’s report that supported our concerns about claim exaggeration then sat on it for a year! Read more here.
The concerns presented to KPMG can be read here – the full conversation transcript.