Highways England launches £3.6bn framework

Highways England is seeking contractors for a £3.6bn framework covering new projects, improvements and repair works.

The framework is for strategic roads across the country and is made up of 13 lots. Bidders will compete for work in civil engineering, traffic management, drainage, structural and concrete repairs, landscape and ecology and traffic management.

Highways England added "it is envisaged" that the framework will straddle two Road Investment Strategy periods (RIS2 and RIS3) to allow a smooth transition between them. It was reported last month that full details of the £25bn RIS2 could be delayed until at least early summer due to concerns over climate change.

The roads body said further details of the framework, such as the number of contractors on each lot and the value of work for each lot would be decided following market engagement with interested parties: “Further detail will be issued to confirm how the engagement will take place, given the country’s current situation of social distancing, this may take the form of webinars, Skype calls or similar,” it said.

The framework notice can be found here. Interested contractors should send an email with full names and contact details to by 30 April.

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