Ten councils in the east of England have launched a framework for delivering highway maintenance and improvement schemes that could be worth up to £400m over four years.
The Eastern Highways Framework 3 has created a bank of contractors to manage schemes worth up to £30m such as roundabouts, cycle paths, new roads and other infrastructure.
The new line-up has broadened to nine partners from five firms previously. Morgan Sindall and Kier are the only firms not to be renewed, while Eurovia, Interserve and Jackson were re-signed.
BAM Nuttall, Dyer & Butler, Sisk, Eurovia UK, Galliford Try, Geoffrey Osborne, Interserve Construction, Jackson Civil Engineering Group and Marlborough Highways.
The councils say the framework will aim to reduce the time and cost of projects and provide an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways.
The exercise was led by Essex County Council on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance which has been in existence for the last eight years.
Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, said: “The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 3 has been a huge task, led by Essex County Council, in collaboration with the authorities of the Eastern Highways Alliance.
“It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face.”
Members of the Eastern Highways Alliance Cambridgeshire County Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Essex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council, Norfolk County Council, Peterborough City Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Thurrock Council.