In September 2018, six private sector infrastructure giants signed a ground-breaking agreement with England's Economic Heartland, aimed at realising the economic potential in and around the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor.
The Memorandum Of Understanding will see Kier, WSP, Jacobs, Ringway Jacobs, Skanska and Volker Fitzpatrick working collaboratively to provide technical advice to EEH on its work programme, ensuring its commissions offer best value for money and benefit from the latest thinking and technological developments.
Known collectively as the Strategic Delivery Partners Group, all six companies currently provide services and works for one or more of the councils which make up EEH, following their respective competitive tender processes.
EEH will work with the group to commission technical work and studies in support of the development and implementation of the overarching Transport Strategy - starting with a study of road and rail freight across the region, which will be produced by WSP and Jacobs.
England's Economic Heartland chairman, Cllr Martin Tett, said: "This ground-breaking collaboration ensures England's Economic Heartland benefits from having access to expert advice when identifying infrastructure priorities, developing proposals and, in due course, delivering them. As work on our overarching Transport Strategy is taken forward the delivery partners group will be a key partner, providing guidance and advice on potential investments, which will be crucial in accelerating delivery of strategic infrastructure in the region."
Lead officer: Steve Kent: