New road repair contract to save Rutland £220K

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
Rutland County Council offices in Oakham

A new model contract developed with more than a dozen councils will help a local authority significantly reduce the annual cost of maintaining its roads network.

Rutland County Council expects its five-year deal with Lafarge Tarmac to save £220,000 a year - some £1 million over the life of the contract.

The Birmingham-based company will carry out the maintenance of all of the county’s roads and pavements including gritting, road signs, street lighting and drainage.

Savings will be made because the new highways maintenance contract will cover jobs up to £250,000, compared with the previous contract which covered work up to just £100,000. It means the council will get better value for money as larger highways jobs will now be done as part of the overall contract.

Coun Roger Begy (Con), Leader of Rutland County Council, said: “Our previous contract represented an excellent deal when awarded in 2003, but times have changed and the financial climate is now very different.

“It’s more important than ever for the council to demand value for money while maintaining high levels of quality and service.

“We’ll be working closely with Lafarge Tarmac to make sure that work is carried out to a high standard, within agreed timescales, and with minimum disruption.”

Paul Fleetham, managing director of Lafarge Tarmac Contracting said the company would be working in partnership with Rutland Council to “deliver a first class network” of road.

The contract was signed in September. Lafarge Tarmac will start looking after Rutland’s 325 miles of roads 
and pavements from this month.

The highways maintenance contract covers: carriageway and footway patching, surface dressing; gritting; drainage; barriers; signs and lines; bridge maintenance; street lighting and emergency repairs.

The contract between Rutland County Council and Lafarge Tarmac is one of the first to be awarded using a new model contract developed by the Midlands Highways Alliance – a partnership of 20 local authorities and the Highways Agency.