Roadworks In Liverpool

Liverpool launches £280m roads tender

Liverpool City Council is looking for contractors to work on a four-year highways framework worth up to £280m.

The framework, one of four platforms the council is creating to invest in roads and new housing, is divided into three lots with projects ranging from £250,000 to £12m for planned highways works including patching and potholes, ground investigation, piling, remedial works, trail pits, bridges and tunnels.

There will be 12 places in total on the framework, across the three lots, with up to 24 suppliers invited to tender.

Interested parties must complete the selection questionnaire by Wednesday 17 October at the Pro Contract website.

The highways frameworks have been set up to enable the delivery of the Better Roads programme, which was launched in 2014, the council said. It added that to date, more than 100 oads have benefitted, including a £1.6m upgrade to Park Lane and the current works dualling the northern gateway to the city centre.

Further procurement frameworks are also being designed to assist the Foundations housing company, which is to be given “stiff targets” to bolster apprenticeships in the region’s construction sector. The frameworks can also can be utilised by other local bodies to contract works.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: Liverpool’s roads are in need of a dramatic overhaul.

“The funding for the roads is in place and Foundations has now been established so the time has now come to fine tune the plans and start delivering.

“To do this, and to make it easier for Liverpool companies to navigate our tendering process, the council’s procurement team has created our first bespoke frameworks.

“This is a watershed moment for the council and symbolises the effort and commitment the entire organisation is undertaking to change the way we operate to be more business friendly so together the public and private sector can make a real difference to the future of the city.”

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How is borrowing £200m to spend on largely routine maintenance, and a spattering on unnecessary paving projects, in one borough being “business friendly”?

And what happens in 10 years time when the roads need doing again?

I’m imagining a future Liberal Democrat cabinet member for finance arriving for their first day, reading a note. “Sorry, there is no money.”

By Mike

Some Liverpool road repair backlogs go back to the late 1990s – a national scandal.

I remember the so called ‘Big Dig’ on Edge Lane in recent years which cost tens of millions and which looked exactly the same and had exactly the same functionality afterwards…

By Christine Borrowdale MRTPI

Know doubt Kings construction will get all the work beig good friends with joe Anderson

By Colin

Christine, what are you talking about? Edge Lane is unrecognisable now compared to what it was a few years ago. Easy for people like you to criticise and as planner I accept your natural outlook will be to think the worst but my god, Liverpool is simply investing to improve, what on earth is wrong with that? The city has some incredible things happening in it from Paddington Basin to international film studios to cruise terminals. Think positively Christine and others, your negatively is draining for other readers.

By Chris

CHRISTINE all that didn’t make any sense

By Truth

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