Highways England reveals £92M specialist consultant spend
Highways England spent more than £26M on specialist consultancy services from Arup and £18M on TRL services last year, new figures released have revealed.
A response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on consultancy spend has been published by Highways England. It reveals the roads body spent £92,415,913.32 in 2017 via its Specialist Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) framework during the year 2017.
Arup’s bill was the largest, with Highways England spending more than £26M with the firm via the Lot covering technical consultancy, engineering advice, and research and innovation. Its second highest spend was with TRL at more than £18M in the same category.
The breakdown of Highways England’s 2017 SPaTS spend is as follows:
A Highways England spokesperson said: “We are delivering £15bn of investment in our roads to increase safety, improve journey times and reduce congestion for millions of drivers who use our roads every day.
“In order to successfully deliver the broad range of schemes within the Roads Investment Strategy we need to seek advice from external technical experts and specialists where no in-house capability of a similar nature exists.”