Visitors to this site will be aware that, for many months, Northamptonshire County Council and KierWSP have been reviewing the way our services are delivered. In response to the Comprehensive Spending Review, and cuts continuing to be put on the Council, we have been working to redesign services and find new ways of working with the aim of achieving the necessary budget reductions without having to cut or reduce front line services and instead aim to deliver the same levels of service through an integrated working arrangements which facilitate greater opportunities for efficiencies.
These pressures are not new and over the last 3 years we have successfully achieved significant savings of in excess of £13million. Throughout this time the overarching vision has been to move progressively closer towards a smaller and more enabling Authority, whilst making the required further savings over the next four years.
Northamptonshire County Council have now taken the next step to implement major changes in the way highways and transport services are delivered and strengthening their already innovative partnership with KierWSP.
Northamptonshire Highways has operated on a trial basis since July 2012, delivering routine highways and transport activities as well as major projects such as the A43 Corby Link Road and St John’s, Northampton. Following this robust trialling and Cabinet approval in December 2012, the commissioning and delivery of the Highways and Transport service in the County will now be provided under the banner of Northamptonshire Highways.
On April 2nd 2013 the highways and transport services and staff transferred to the council’s current service provider KierWSP. Approximately 350 County Council staff successfully transferred to KierWSP to ensure we continue with the right skills to deliver the services expected in the County. KierWSP will operate as part on an integrated team, not separate, to deliver the service, bringing about efficiencies with a target saving of circa £3 million by 2014/2015.
The Council have retained a small, in house core of county council highways and transport experts who will carry out contract management to ensure compliance, implement policies and effectively commission services while ensuring statutory obligations are maintained. The officers combine a wide knowledge of their sector with strong negotiating skills and commercial awareness. These officers remain under the employment of NCC and can be contacted as before.
The continuity of the services is our main concern and road and transport users in the County will not be affected by these changes.
If you have any issues please do not hesitate to call us on 01604 883400.