Companies vying for £200 million simplified roads contract

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Four companies are vying for a £200 million ‘all in one’ highways contract to improve city roads.

Currently, there are 50 external contracts covering the work along with a number of other council departments. The new contract will see just one provider carry out all of the work making it less complex.

The four potential tenders will be submitted and reviewed by councillors at next Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting and members of the public are invited to attend, but are warned that some matters may be discussed in private because of commercial sensitivity.

Following the meeting, the council will review the four bids and could make a decision as soon as Christmas, with work then starting around April next year.

Councillor John Bint, Cabinet member responsible for Transport and Highways, said: “We believe we can deliver better highways maintenance services at lower cost to Milton Keynes residents by using one carefully chosen contractor than the current arrangements involving some 50 suppliers, all on different contracts.

“This is an important milestone in the process towards better services and better value.”

The meeting will start in the Council Chamber of the MK Civic Offices at 7pm on November 27 and all members of the public are free to attend.