The six highway authorities in Berkshire have created a new shared service arrangement and appointed Road Safety Analysis (RSA) as contractor to work with them for the next four years.
The ‘Safer Roads’ framework contract has been awarded through a competitive tender process by Slough Borough Council on behalf of themselves and Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council. The contract commenced on 1 May 2012.
Safer Roads draws on years of experience of partnership working and secures a long term future for some ongoing projects, but with a new framework contract in place to provide greater flexibility to vary services and manage costs.
RSA says that a year after the Strategic Framework for Road Safety was published, local authorities are looking at ways to “harness the efficiency and creativity of the private and voluntary sectors in making road use safer”, and claims that the new Safer Roads framework does just that by appointing not‐for‐profit company as the service provider.
Richard Owen, operations director for RSA, said: “We are delighted to continue our longstanding work with the authorities in Berkshire. They have shown significant leadership and creativity in developing the new contract which gives a long term future to a number of award winning schemes.
“The costs to each authority are now lower, the service offering is broader, the liabilities are reduced and yet the skilled and experienced staff have been retained. The new model represents excellent value for the public and a significant innovation for the industry.”
The Safer Roads service offers a package of measures that include a suite of analytical reports, communications management, enforcement management and campaign management services.