TRL has been awarded a position on Highways England’s new Specialist Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) framework.
Under the framework, TRL will support Highways England, the Department for Transport and other public sector bodies through the provision of road and transport related specialist technical services, including research and innovation.
The framework, which will stay in place for the next four years, provides Highways England with a route to procure technical, commercial and specialist services. TRL is a prime contractor on both Lot 1 (engineering advice, research and innovation) and Lot 6 (post implementation evaluation of schemes, projects, policies and programmes), with support from a specialist supply chain.
SPaTS replaces previous T-TEAR, SPSF and PSF procurement frameworks to better support for the £15bn of capital investment in Highways England’s Roads Improvement Strategy, announced in December 2014.
Commenting on the appointment, Rob Wallis, CEO, TRL said “TRL has a long history of providing advice to Highways England, working closely and strategically to deliver tangible benefits to both the agency and its customers. SPaTS builds on this relationship and is an example of TRL’s continued influence in future transport solutions in the UK and internationally. We have brought together a comprehensive supply chain and look forward to helping Highways England continue to drive further transformation in the road network.”