Councils make savings on roads maintenance in Ayrshire
Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Three Ayrshire Councils have received national recognition for their award winning and cost saving roads maintenance procurement programme.
Over the last four years, Ayrshire councils have spent around £20M on minor road improvement works throughout the area – by procuring services and materials jointly savings in excess of £2M have been generated.
Following on from the success of this approach a second procurement framework is to be launched, involving the three Ayrshire councils along with West Lothian Council and Falkirk Council.
The new framework will run for two years with an option to extend for a further two years and will include 52 contractors, both local and national, who specialise in a variety or roads maintenance including traffic management, road markings and surfacing, street lighting and structures.
In addition the bespoke software package – Transparent Road Infrastructure Procurement Software or TRIPS – which was developed by the three Ayrshire Authorities has been updated for the new framework and will host and manage the procurement packages for all five authorities.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “Collaborative working with local authorities across Scotland ensures that the best deal can be secured locally to the benefit of our communities and business road users. This contract is an extension of a very successful model and I am sure that it will continue to grow in future years.”
Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “North Ayrshire Council is delighted to be working in partnership with all the participating authorities to deliver real improvements for the residents and business community within North Ayrshire. It is clear that by working together we have dramatically improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the service we provide.
“At the same time we are seeing substantial savings being made by collaborative procurement on a wide range of services.”