We deliver the overwhelming majority of its services through third parties - in particular through contractors, maintaining agents and consultants. Procurement, therefore, is at the heart of the Agency's business - good procurement practice and good relationships with our supply chains are essential to the effective delivery of high quality services to road users.
We have set roles and responsibilities for procurement, which form a framework within which we operate. We are also subject to UK and European regulations that regulate how we purchase works, goods and services.
The Highways Agency has published its new procurement strategy, setting out its approach to procurement of goods, services and construction expertise for the next 5-10 years. The strategy sets out how the Highways Agency will procure the goods and services it needs as the operator of England's major roads, including for delivery of the Government's investment programme of up to £6 billion to improve motorways and major A roads.
Our latest (2009) procurement strategy, Delivering Sustainable Value Through Supply Chain Management (PDF 1MB) , is structured around the three key themes of value for money, delivery and sustainability and sets out a prioritised plan of actions.
It builds on the earlier strategy of 2001 and highlights new areas such as the Agency's drive to greater commercial awareness and practices. The current project to map and better understand supply chain patterns, participants and their contributions is also described - part of the continuing search for greater efficiencies and improved value for money. A Summary (PDF 98KB) is also available. The following leaflet has been produced (September 2010) briefly to outline progress with implementation: Procurement Strategy Progress (600KB PDF) .
The approach the Agency will adopt to develop capability in the delivery of Traffic Technology requirements is set out in Improving HA Traffic Technology Procurement (1MB PDF).