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Message from Council Leader Cllr Martin Hill OBE – February 2018

You will have heard about the recent troubles concerning construction company Carillion. There can’t be one part of the country that hasn’t been affected in some way by their collapse.

Unfortunately, we at Lincolnshire County Council, like many other local authorities and public bodies, found ourselves with some unexpected challenges to deal with as a result of their difficulties.

Cllr Martin Hill

Carillion were the main contractors involved in managing the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, the city’s largest road building scheme in decades.

As you can imagine, we were very disappointed to discover that the company was in such a financial mess.

Entering into a procurement arrangement for this kind of complicated project takes years of hard work and is entered into after many hurdles have been overcome.

So, bearing in mind how long contractual issues can take to resolve, I was delighted that we were able to re-start work on the bypass so quickly after this situation emerged.

Just a few days after hearing the bad news, we officially ended our contract with Carillion and were able to engage one of the UK’s leading construction groups, Galliford Try. And I am pleased to say that they have now started work on site.

The aim is that they will manage progress on the road while the council looks for a new firm to manage the project in the longer term. We hope to have this new company take over in the summer.

The council is doing its best to ensure that the local Carillion team can continue to work on the bypass project, initially with Galliford Try and then with the new contractor.

And we are encouraging both companies to honour the existing arrangements with sub-contractors and suppliers. However, these decisions will ultimately rest with the contractors.

I wanted to share the details of this experience with you. Despite taking all the measures possible to ensure that the firms we do business with are financially robust, occasionally these things happen.

It’s great that Galliford Try and Bam Nuttall, which is carrying out ducting works near the site of the proposed Washingborough roundabout, have been flexible and have stepped in at such short notice.

Contracting out this kind of work continues to provide good value for the Lincolnshire council taxpayer.

Projects of this size can throw up unexpected challenges and it’s the council’s job to ensure that they are resolved.

You can see from this situation, that if there are issues with our contractors, you can be confident that when the county council commits to a project we will see it through.

Just to let you know that with regard to the bypass, over the coming months Galliford Try will be installing highway connections to the existing road network and fencing.

Archaeological investigations and work on the Network Rail Spalding to Lincoln railway bridge will also continue as planned over the coming weeks.


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Last updated: 14 February 2018

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