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Kier appointed to £750m highways framework


Kier has been selected for a new £750m highways framework in the East of England. 

It is one of six contractors appointed to the major works Lot of the Eastern Highways Framework 2, for projects between £1m and £20m, which will have a total spend of around £600m. 
Developed by the Eastern Highways Alliance - a collaboration between 11 local authorities – the framework is set to save the local taxpayer millions of pounds over the next four years. It will provide an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways and will reduce the time and costs involved in delivering highway maintenance and improvement schemes. 
The lot Kier has been appointed to will focus on the delivery of larger capital-funded schemes and improvements such as link roads, bypasses, public transport investment and new structures, and may also include larger-scale maintenance works. 
Jag Paddam, Kier Infrastructure managing director with responsibility for this work, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have won a place on the Eastern Highways Framework. We have extensive experience of providing highways services throughout the country and this award further reinforces our position as the UK’s leading highways construction, management and maintenance provider. It’s great to have our comprehensive health & safety processes, regional presence and experience, collaborative style and positive approach – all of which were given as reasons for the award – recognised.” 
Graham Hughes, executive director: Economy, Transport & Environment at Cambridgeshire County Council, which led the development of the framework on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance, said: “The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 2 has been a huge task led by ourselves in Cambridgeshire, which will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the East of England deliver highway works. We have already seen tremendous savings, efficiencies and innovation which have a benefit for our communities and continued investment in our highways.”

Rob Smith, deputy director for Environment (Highways) at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “The Eastern Highways Framework 2 will be a vital tool for the 11 councils involved as we all strive to deliver the services our residents need while balancing our increasingly tight budgets. By working in partnership, we are able to harness the power of procuring contractors together which brings significant financial benefits for us. It will also bring significant benefits to communities over the lifetime of the framework by ensuring we have the best contractors possible working on our highways.” 
The members of the Eastern Highways Alliance are: Bedford Borough Council, 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. 

Kier Group plc. Registered office: Tempsford Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2BD

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