The new London Highways Alliance Contracts mean that for the first time frameworks will cover Transport for London (TfL) trunk roads as well as local council roads across the capital. This approach is expected to save up to £450m during the next eight years.
The frameworks cover both road maintenance and the design and construction of new schemes.
TfL will use these frameworks for all TfL Road Network (TLRN) highway contracts from April 2013, which will be worth up to £1.2bn during the next eight years, and has also written into the Local Implementation Plan guidance that boroughs will be expected to use the new arrangements where they represent better value than existing arrangements.
It is expected that up to 12 London boroughs will utilise these contracts for a range of maintenance services from April 2013. As more borough's individual contracts come up to renewal and TfL funds more major borough road schemes, more contracts are expected to be delivered through this framework, raising the total value of the contracts to around £2.6bn.
Each framework, which will run for eight years from April 2013 until the end of March 2021, will cover specific geographic areas of London.
The four contractors selected, and the areas they will cover, are:
CVU - a joint venture of Colas, VolkerHighways and URS - Central area (Camden, City of London, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Islington and Westminster).
Ringway Jacobs - Northeast area (Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham, Waltham Forest, Haringey and Enfield).
Conway Aecom JV - Northwest area (Hounslow, Hillingdon, Ealing, Brent, Harrow and Barnet).
EnterpriseMouchel - South area (Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Kingston, Richmond).
All contractors will be required to join TfL's Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and all vehicles exceeding 3,500kg (including those used by subcontractors) will be required to have sideguards, close proximity sensors and prominent signage to warn cyclists about the dangers of passing on the inside of the vehicle.
The contractors will also be required to ensure that their vehicle fleet meets Euro standards for emission standards and regularly demonstrate how they are working to reduce the impact of their works on the environment.
TfL director of roads Dana Skelley said: “These new contracts will allow us to further deliver this work in an efficient manner through joined up working with other London highway authorities, ensuring greater value for money and delivering a better road network for all.”