Led by Hertfordshire County Council, the nine authorities that are partners to the Eastern Highways Alliance Framework have banded together to maximise their purchasing power and secure cost savings.
The four contractors that they have selected are Ringway/Eurovia, Geoffrey Osborne, Jackson and Tarmac.
The framework deal started on 28 May and runs for four years and is expected to be worth up to £75m. Hertfordshire itself expects to put £4m-worth of work each year through the framework.
As well as Hertfordshire, the other client authorities in the alliance are Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Luton, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Essex and Southend-on-Sea.
Creation of the Eastern Highways Alliance Framework follows the lead of the Midlands Highways Alliance, which is used by 14 local authorities and has produced estimated savings of £5.1m for councils and £7.8m for the Highways Agency on medium-sized schemes.
Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall and May Gurney were among the shortlisted contractors to miss the cut for the eastern alliance framework.