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COUNCILS WARY OF ROAD MAINTENANCE BIDDING

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The Highways Agency has not ruled out job losses as a result of the private sector playing an increasingly dominate...
The Highways Agency has not ruled out job losses as a result of the private sector playing an increasingly dominate role in roads maintenance, the Financial Times reports (p6).

One of two private companies which yesterday, along with Hampshire CC, won contracts, Rust Consulting, said: 'Over the next six months we shall discover what are the appropriate staffing levels for the work we need to do.'

Private companies are now allowed to bid for trunk road and motorways contracts alongside councils, which have carried out most maintenance since the 1940s, the FT explains.

Some councils view the introduction of 'super agencies' as part of continuing attempts by the government to constrain their activities. And complaints would continue to be directed at local authorities, even they might not have responsibility.
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