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The Midlands Highway Alliance (MHA) is the first partnership of its kind in the UK. It comprises of eighteen local authorities and the Highways Agency, and works together to improve performance, share best practice and make efficiency savings in the delivery of highway services.
The Midlands Highway Alliance (MHA) combines 18 local authorities and the Highways Agency who operate under an Unincorporated Association by Agreement'. All pay a subscription, as well as associated levies and fees.
The objectives of the MHA are to:
Now self-funding, this unique venture delivers the regional procurement and implementation of highways maintenance, professional services and capital works through framework agreements. These frameworks save its members, on average, £4million per year.
Leicestershire County Council acts as the lead authority managing the MHA's finances and public relations. General governance is through a director-level Executive Board with a Programme Board undertaking more detailed management of five specific work streams.
The MHA's work streams are each shared out amongst different authorities to ensure that the improvement activity is owned and embedded by local authorities themselves and that the learning and practices are sustainable. The five work streams are:
At the heart of this unique venture is the regional procurement and delivery of highways maintenance and capital works through framework agreements. The aim is to make efficiency gains; speed up procurement; deliver schemes to a higher standard; and share best practice. The MHA was originally 'pump primed' by the regional East Midlands Improvement Partnership with project support from Constructing Excellence's consultancy arm, the Collaborative Working Centre (CWC).
In the financial year 2012/13, the MHA budgeted to spend £377,000 on its projects. This funding for this work will be recovered from these sources:
The Alliance has continued to produce significant savings for its members, including the Highways Agency, which are now estimated to top £16m up to the end of September 2012.
The largest contributors to this are the medium schemes frameworks, through which savings of £15.7m on a turnover of £163.7m have been accumulated across the MWF3, MWF4 and MSF1. Members avoid the cost of individual procurement, saving around £100k per scheme.
Likewise, since the professional services contract (PSP1) started in 2011, it has accumulated total savings of £550k on a turnover of £4.64m.
For further information on the benefits of the Midlands Highway Alliance, or if you were a local authority interested in joining them, please visit their website to discover how to join.
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