The Highways Agency is changing the tender process for its Area 8 assets support contract after discovering that company bids contained “irregularities”.
Area 8 covers 347km and includes parts of the M1 and M11 and A1/A1(M) out of London.
Contractors were initially invited to bid for works that would include providing integrated network management, maintenance, incident management and contingency planning on trunk roads and motorways in the area.
However, the Agency has now decided to go down the negotiated tender route.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “The tender documents submitted by the companies participating in tender process for ASC 8, all of whom are well established and experienced suppliers within the maintenance contracting community, contained irregularities and it has not been possible to resolve them within the terms of that competition.
“Rather than restart the tender process, we have chosen to take the negotiated route which we feel is the most appropriate and cost-effective route towards concluding this procurement exercise.
“The Agency is confident that the maintenance contracting market has an appetite for this work and is fully engaged with the direction that the Agency is taking with the ASC contract. This is borne out by the continued interest and close working relationship that the Agency continues to have with its maintenance community.”