Kier slumps to ‘disappointing’ £245m loss
Kier Group has announced losses of £245m following what its chief executive conceded was a ‘difficult’ year.
Minister handed Brexit cash demand in Portsmouth
Portsmouth has demanded more funds to cover Brexit costs during a ministerial visit.
Carter hits out at customs points suggestions
Kent CC’s leader has hit out at suggestions customs points for lorries leaving Channel ports following a no-deal Brexit may be predominately in his county.
Birmingham seeks £85m interim highways contractor
Birmingham City Council’s highways PFI vehicle has launched a search for a subcontractor to operate and maintain the city’s roads for a 15-month period in a deal worth up to £85m.
Government activates emergency funds for flood-hit councils
Whitehall has activated an emergency fund for councils affected by flooding.
Councils forge ahead with clear-up after flooding
Staff at England's largest council have started work to repair the flood damage that closed roads and deluged homes.
Kier dropped from major infrastructure project
The construction firm’s role in the King’s Dyke crossing project has ended following discussions with Cambridgeshire CC and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
Kier share price slumps to new low
Shares in Kier Group fell to a record low this week after two influential fund managers cut their stakes in the outsourcing specialist.
A Ring for a ring
Diary is always pleased to hear about positive outcomes when residents ring councils for help and get the outcome they wanted.
Review into Northamptonshire highways contract announced
A review into Northamptonshire CC’s highways contract with KierWSP has been launched.
Diary believes it has found a new benchmark for the worst piece of street furniture in the country.
Capita to retain some Barnet contracts
Barnet LBC is to leave some outsourced services in the hands of Capita despite concerns over quality.
Cities slam Government over clean air hold-up
England’s two largest councils have blamed the government for ‘significant’ delays to their plans to introduce charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) to tackle air pollution.
Birmingham members reserve final say on Amey settlement
The final details of a settlement between Birmingham City Council and highways contractor Amey will go before senior councillors next month.
Senior councillors meet to agree Amey terms
Birmingham City Council’s cabinet is to decide on terms to end its fraught highways contract with Amey at a meeting tomorrow.
Fidler appointed DfT's local transport director
Stephen Fidler, deputy director in the Department for Transport’s strategic roads division, has been named as its new director of local transport, succeeding Graham Pendlebury, who retires at the end of May.
Highways England criticised over Brexit co-operation
The chief executive of Essex CC has expressed frustration that Highways England is refusing to share its Brexit plans with the council.
Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill
Amey may have to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council after years of legal difficulties, according to national newspaper reports.
Getting out of a pot-hole
Chancellor Philip Hammond recently sought to bring a populist flourish to his Budget by splurging money on potholes.
No deal Brexit trial attracts 89 lorries
Kent CC and the Department for Transport today tested plans for managing heavy congestion in the event of a no-deal Brexit.