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HIGHWAYS CHIEF HERALDS PARTNERING AS THE WAY FORWARD

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Highways Agency chief executive Lawrie Haynes has heralded partnering as the way forward in a keynote address at Yo...
Highways Agency chief executive Lawrie Haynes has heralded partnering as the way forward in a keynote address at York today to the Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Mr Haynes told the institution's seminar on Partnering and PFI that partnering was one of the major prongs of the Highways Agency's new procurement strategy which was announced in June. This aims to both improve quality controls and strengthen cost controls on road projects.

Mr Haynes said that the Highways Agency was a major player in the market, currently spending around o1.7bn annually on road maintenance and improvements.

Mr Haynes said: 'Partnering is essentially about attitudes rather than the form of contract. It commits all to focus on creative co-operation and avoiding adversarial confrontation.

'The essential component is trust. Partnering seeks to unite parties behind one goal of completing a project in a cost effective, timely and mutually satisfactory manner.'

Mr Haynes identified the design and build contract for the recently completed M25 J8-10 improvement scheme as a good example of what partnering can achieve.

He said that Highways Agency's Area 22 will be the first contract to be let where partnering is introduced at the pre-tendering stage.

After addressing the seminar Mr Haynes visited the site of the M1 - A1 Link Road DBFO contract where all the parties have been putting the principles of partnering into practice by taking part in a team building workshop.

NOTE

The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the department of the environment, transport and the regions. It is responsible for

managing - on behalf of the secretary of state for the environment, transport and the regions - a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally acceptable trunk roads network throughout England.

The full text of the speech by Lawrie Haynes is available from LGCnet. Tel 0171 833 7324/5 and we shall fax you a copy.

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