Ringway secures deal to keep control of Worcestershire's roads

Worcester News: County Hall: offers new deal to Ringway for the roads network County Hall: offers new deal to Ringway for the roads network

A BUMPER £30 million-a-year contract has been handed to Ringway to repair Worcestershire’s roads up to 2020, it has emerged.

The deal, which will start from next April when the current one expires, means the organisation can carry on dealing with potholes, divots and cracks in the county’s highway network.

Your Worcester News can also reveal how the beefed-up contract is loaded with extra stipulations to appease drivers.

It includes:

- Ringway will take over verge maintenance, in a bid to save taxpayers’ cash and ensure the county looks its best

- A set of defined standards will come into force over the quality and appearance of road markings, with Ringway asked to maintain them on a rota basis

- Maintenance of vehicle fleets will also be handed to the body, as an incentive for it to seek commercial opportunities for looking after the stock

On top of that Ringway will be expected to maintain the drains so it is “effective at all times”, including cleaning them out.

Traffic regulation orders, repairing of potholes, cracks, divots and other defects on carriageways, weed control, and emergency responses to road repairs also comes under Ringway’s work.

Targets added into the new contract also include ensuring 99.5 per cent of county drains are “effective” at all times, constant year-on-year reductions in customer complaints, and delivering more road repairs with the same cash.

Under the deal, around £28m-£30m is channelled towards Worcestershire’s roads network every year through the contractor, although it does flunctuate.

A report on the deal says since 2005, when Ringway was awarded its current contract, gritters have been given new technology so they work better.

The number of yearly defects have fallen from 34,578 to 28,711, reflecting more investment into better quality repairs and early intervention like jet patching.

Despite the improvements public satisfaction with roads in the county has remained stubbornly low - last year it plunged seven per cent in a year, falling to 35 per cent.

But that trend is mirrored across the UK - Leicestershire has the highest satisfaction rate among all counties for roads but there the figure is only 47 per cent.

The county council say the contract is for another six years, running out in 2020, with the option of taking it to 2026.

Councillor John Smith, the cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “When I started on this council in 1995 we were repairing roads back then but not doing it very well.

“Ringway got the contract in 1995, it’s been extended over the years and we’ve seen lots of improvements.

“We’ve got the option of another six years on top of this contract and it’s good for the long-term.”

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5:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

rod123 says...

Another six years of blocked and broken drains then!
Another six years of blocked and broken drains then! rod123

5:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

lilboo says...

God help us! Nice case of sloping shoulders by WCC with that deal-practically absolved any responsibility for anything in that!
God help us! Nice case of sloping shoulders by WCC with that deal-practically absolved any responsibility for anything in that! lilboo

7:13pm Fri 13 Dec 13

old misery says...

Lets hope the Much Hyped "Fining of Contractors running over time" applies to Ringway eg Drakes Broughton Flood eleviation (Contract 4 weeks) Road Closed 8 weeks Upton Snodsbury Contract x Several total unkown
Lets hope the Much Hyped "Fining of Contractors running over time" applies to Ringway eg Drakes Broughton Flood eleviation (Contract 4 weeks) Road Closed 8 weeks Upton Snodsbury Contract x Several total unkown old misery

8:23pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mercedes99 says...

over 2 years ago & 3 times since I have reported a drain covered with tarmac last time they resurfaced the road... and no action.... I guess the more drains they cover the fewer they have to clear!!
over 2 years ago & 3 times since I have reported a drain covered with tarmac last time they resurfaced the road... and no action.... I guess the more drains they cover the fewer they have to clear!! mercedes99

9:01pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Nonplus says...

Councillor John Smith, the cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “Ringway got the contract in 1995, it’s been extended over the years and we’ve seen lots of improvements."

Should have gone to Specsavers........
Councillor John Smith, the cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “Ringway got the contract in 1995, it’s been extended over the years and we’ve seen lots of improvements." Should have gone to Specsavers........ Nonplus

11:26pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Herefordian says...

Well at least you have better roads in Worcestershire than Herefordshire, mostly like a bombsite everywhere
Well at least you have better roads in Worcestershire than Herefordshire, mostly like a bombsite everywhere Herefordian

12:57pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Redhillman says...

While some may grumble about Ringway's performance, let us not forget that they are merely the contractor who do what the highways department tell them to do. For example, they only fill a pothole in if they're told do so, and the same applies if they're told to just shove a load of looses tarmac in a pothole which then comes out days later. And if there are examples of poor workmanship from Ringway, that should be up to the highways staff to monitor and take action over.
While some may grumble about Ringway's performance, let us not forget that they are merely the contractor who do what the highways department tell them to do. For example, they only fill a pothole in if they're told do so, and the same applies if they're told to just shove a load of looses tarmac in a pothole which then comes out days later. And if there are examples of poor workmanship from Ringway, that should be up to the highways staff to monitor and take action over. Redhillman

1:14pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

I have watched these road repair men who have carefully cut just enough of an oblong out of the damaged road surface, repair the area, take a photograph of the work and the job number board, but leave another pothole less than 1 inch away. Where oh where is the planning or common sense there?
And what happened to the Two Men on motorcycles who the County Council trumpeted as being out there looking and recording pot holes?
And I have tried to report a pot hole, the call went to somewhere where the staff had broad Birmingham accents and I was told that the name of the road was insuficient information and even though I was in the City Centre at the corner of Charles Street and City Walls Road that a post code was needed, which of course I didn't have.
And you get similar replies from Severn Trent Water.
I have watched these road repair men who have carefully cut just enough of an oblong out of the damaged road surface, repair the area, take a photograph of the work and the job number board, but leave another pothole less than 1 inch away. Where oh where is the planning or common sense there? And what happened to the Two Men on motorcycles who the County Council trumpeted as being out there looking and recording pot holes? And I have tried to report a pot hole, the call went to somewhere where the staff had broad Birmingham accents and I was told that the name of the road was insuficient information and even though I was in the City Centre at the corner of Charles Street and City Walls Road that a post code was needed, which of course I didn't have. And you get similar replies from Severn Trent Water. Jabbadad

8:48am Sun 15 Dec 13

WorcsBornandBred says...

I thought the councils were supposed to put contracts out for competitive tender!?

Either way, agree with everyone here. I'll be buying the councillors vouchers for prescription glasses for Christmas this year, those rose tinted ones they have served their time.
I thought the councils were supposed to put contracts out for competitive tender!? Either way, agree with everyone here. I'll be buying the councillors vouchers for prescription glasses for Christmas this year, those rose tinted ones they have served their time. WorcsBornandBred

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