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Road management / Maintenance, Northwest England

Wirral considers insourcing roads service after procurement trouble

Lee Baker

Wirral Council is considering bringing highways services back in-house following a damning Audit Commission report into the procurement of its outsourcing of the service that led to the suspension of the council’s technical services director.

Wirral had to make additional payments to term contractor Colas on top of what had been negotiated and now, through “mutual agreement,” the firm is not seeking an extension to the contract when the initial term expires in 18 months.

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