Road Traffic Control: Motorways

Dr McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what commercial products his Department or the Highways Agency has mandated for use in road traffic management on the motorway network in the last 10 years. [193979]

Mr Goodwill: There are no products used by the Highways Agency which have been mandated in terms of what is used for road traffic management. These products are used by staff and contractors for the Highways Agency and such items are procured using a specification via a tender arrangement and not directed by the Department for Transport, or Ministers.

Dr McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department and the Highways Agency have made in delivering the Government's small and medium-sized enterprise procurement policy in road traffic management on the motorway network since 2010; what goods and services have been procured from which companies; at what cost; and what processes were used for the procurement of those goods and services. [193980]

Mr Goodwill: The Highways Agency has made the following progress in supporting the Department in delivering Government small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) procurement policy:

made the use of Project Bank Account a default position on all contracts awarded since October 2011. This considerably speeds up payment times to the supply chain, including any SMEs. Highways Agency contracted business now accounts for over 80% of the overall government target for directing spend through project bank accounts;

increased visibility of SME supply chain spend through contracts using a combination of strengthened contract reporting

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requirements, project bank account data and supply chain survey. It is now the case that over 30% of supply chain spend on HA contracts is with SMEs, and in some cases this can be as high as 50% of overall spend. The SME spend through the agency's planned collaborative delivery framework, currently being tendered, is expected to range between 30-50% of overall spend;

attended and presented at “Meet the Buyer” events around the country, with the two most recent of these being in Sheffield and Reading in late 2013. The opportunity was taken further to reduce barriers for SMEs by helping them identify sources of information on potential direct opportunities (HA website, Contracts Finder, Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)), plus providing attendees with advice on how to seek extended supply chain opportunities in relation to larger contracts;

launched a new page on their website targeting and providing information for SMEs, linked here:

increased use of Open procedure through the procurement process, with the agency now looking, where feasible, to break down lot structures in framework agreements to increase attractiveness to a broader and deeper supply chain;

amended its Instruction for Tenderers (IFT) in 2013 to state that “The Highways Agency is committed to removing barriers to SME participation in its contracts and this includes sub-contracting opportunities. If you are proposing to sub-contract part of this contract, you should provide assurance that you have considered how SMEs could play a part and details of the measures you have put in place to encourage and enable their participation as your sub-contractors. If you are awarded the contract, we will ask you to provide regular information about your spend with SMEs under the contract and may publicise good practice on our websites and report such expenditure to other Government Departments”; and

become an active member of a cross-government Cabinet Office led SME Champions Group looking at strategic alignment, sharing best practice and promoting behavioural change towards SMEs.

The Highways Agency awarded a Temporary Traffic Management framework (TTM) in March 2013 (estimated value £660 million over four years). Breaking down the lot structure for this encouraged application/interest from SME suppliers, resulting in one of the eight successful suppliers being an SME (Forest Traffic Services Ltd).

More broadly, since January 2010, 93 SME companies, names of which appear in the following list, have been awarded HA contracts and/or task orders via frameworks, for the procurement of a range of goods, services and works with a total award value of just over £193 million.

SME suppliers

AE Yates Ltd

Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd

Ashbourne Assessment Systems Ltd

Ashbourne ODP (Oxford Development Partnership Ltd)

Beijer Automotive B.V.

Belmont Press Ltd

Benchmark Training Ltd

Bristows LLP

Briton Fabricators Ltd

Burlington Uniforms Ltd

Carnell Support Service Ltd

Ciria (Construction Industry Research & Information Association)

Computeraid Ltd

Concrete Bridge Development Group

Constructing Excellence Ltd

Consult Capital LLP (was Holistic Services Ltd)

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Coram UK Ltd


Corporate Document Services Ltd

Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd

Davitt Jones Bould

DB Construction Ltd

Dbi Consulting Ltd (acquired by Oakleigh Consulting Group)

DG3 Europe Ltd

Donyal Engineering Ltd

Electronic Terminations Ltd

Eliesha Training Ltd

Epic Group Plc

Fileradar BV


Forest Traffic Services Ltd

Frontier Economics Ltd

G & H Sheet Fed Ltd

Gas Street Works Ltd

Goudappel Coffeng

Gray Hawke Ltd


Highway Care Ltd

ILX Group Plc

Information Processing Ltd (IPL)

Jade Press Ltd

JMP Consultants Ltd

John West (Contractors) Ltd


JPT Consulting Ltd

Junction17 Defensive Driver Training Ltd

LA International

LMD (Learning Materials Design) Learning Solutions Ltd

Macnaughton McGregor Ltd

Marriott Davies Yapp LLP

McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd

Mendas Ltd

Momentum Incorporated Ltd

MWL Print Group Ltd

Nationwide Gritting Services Ltd

NetComposites Ltd

Network Information Services Ltd (NIS Ltd) (Mouchel / Thales JV)

Nicander Ltd

Nimlock Ltd

Nusteel Structures Ltd

NYS Corporate

P M Harris Ltd

PD Consult Ltd (Professional Development Consultants Ltd)

Peacock Salt

Persona Associates

Premier People Solutions Ltd t/a Premier Partnership

Project Angels

Pro-tect Safety Signs

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PSI Production GmbH

Redflex Traffic Systems PTY Ltd

RHG Consult Ltd

Roffey Park Institute Ltd

Rowsell Wright Ltd

Salinity UK Ltd

Sand Resources

Sharpe Pritchard

Sharpfibre Ltd

Simulation Systems Ltd

Stephen Austin & Sons Ltd

Sterling Press Ltd

Taywest Control Systems Ltd

Technolution B.V.

Techspan Systems Plc (part of Hill & Smith Group)

The Concrete Society Ltd

The Fire Service College

Thermotor Ltd

Variable Message Signs Ltd (VMS)

VPI Immingham LLP

Walsh Construction Ltd


Weldon Plant Ltd

Winvic Group Ltd

Yotta Ltd

Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Dr McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department and the Highways Agency are taking to reduce the risk of death or serious injury to road workers on the motorway network. [193978]

Mr Goodwill: As part of its Aiming for Zero safety programme, the Highways Agency established a Road Worker Safety programme designed to reduce risk exposure to road workers, a particular focus of which is to reduce the incidences of carriageway crossing by road workers. Within this programme, a number of projects have been commissioned to test simplifications and other changes to temporary traffic management arrangements to reduce road worker exposure to live traffic while maintaining standards of safety for road users. Some of these projects have been completed already; for example Signs Simplification, implemented December 2011, and Offside Signs Removal techniques, implemented November 2012.

The introduction of these innovative changes has already enabled a very substantial reduction in the number of carriageway crossings, leading to a proportionate reduction in road worker risk exposure. In March 2014 the Highways Agency published further guidance on the Offside Signs Removal technique, allowing it to be used to close a four lane carriageway. The Highways Agency is continuing to work with its supply chain to take forward further projects within this programme with the aim of further reducing road worker risk.