Chris Ames

  • Cities slam Government over clean air hold-up

    19 June 2019

    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.


  • Councils lose legal bid to halt Heathrow expansion

    01 May 2019

    The High Court has dismissed arguments against Heathrow expansion and found that the Government is free to ignore the Paris agreement on climate action until it forms part of UK law.


  • Legal challenge to Heathrow expansion begins

    11 March 2019

    A case involving a coalition of local authorities legally challenging the Government’s plans for a new runway at Heathrow will reach the High Court this week.


  • Mursell to leave Kier

    22 January 2019

    Kier has announced that chief executive Haydn Mursell will leave the business ‘with immediate effect’.


  • Grayling defends £13.8m deal involving ferry firm with no boats

    03 January 2019

    Transport secretary Chris Grayling has defended a £13.8m ferry contract being given to a company with no boats after criticism from a Conservative councillor.


  • Budget 2018: Lifting of cap could lead to £15bn extra debt

    30 October 2018

    The abolition of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap in this week’s Budget could enable councils to take on up to £15bn in extra debt, according to property adviser Savills.


  • Budget 2018: £420m for highways maintenance

    29 October 2018

    The chancellor has announced an immediate £420m cash boost for local authority highway maintenance budgets, with millions more for transport projects.


  • Carillion will cost taxpayer £148m, says NAO

    07 June 2018

    The liquidation of Carillion will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £148m, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said, excluding around £2.6bn pension liabilities and losses by the firm’s non-government creditors.


  • Councils to get £100m to repair two million potholes

    26 March 2018

    Councils are set to get a £100m cash boost to to help repair roads badly damaged by the recent cold weather, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced. 


  • 'Shambolic' Government loses third air pollution case

    21 February 2018

    A senior MP has described the Government’s attempts to tackle illegal levels of air pollution as 'shambolic' after ministers were once again told by the courts to rewrite their plans.


  • Carillion shares fall sharply

    12 January 2018

    Shares in struggling infrastructure firm Carillion fell sharply today following reports that lenders had rejected its survival plan and that it had lined up a possible administrator.


  • Row over contract extension

    30 November 2017

    Hertfordshire CC is controversially planning to extended its highways maintenance contract with Ringway.


  • Road cost spirals and could rise further

    28 November 2017

    Councillors have allocated £19m more to cover the rising cost of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road amid warnings the projected £205m cost may still rise.


  • Inquiry warned of dangers of procurement for councils

    07 November 2017

    Local authorities should not take on large procurement projects like Edinburgh City Council’s £770m tram network, the former convener of the council’s transport committee has told an inquiry.


  • Kier wins £200m contract

    10 October 2017

    Shropshire Council has swapped Ringway for Kier to deliver its highway services in a 10-year contract that could be worth more than £200m.


  • Council left with £20m bill after legal battle

    06 September 2017

    Cumbria CC has been landed with a £21m bill after a disastrous dispute with its former highways contractor, Amey.


  • Ministers accused of ducking pollution issue

    15 June 2017

    Council and professional bodies have accused ministers of passing responsibility for tackling illegal levels of air pollution to local authorities without clarity or adequate funding.


  • Budget 2017: Cash to close productivity gap

    08 March 2017

    The chancellor has announced more than £500m for infrastructure, technology and training to ‘start to close’ the productivity gap between Britain and its competitors.


  • Court delays councils' Heathrow challenge

    31 January 2017

    An attempt by an alliance of councils to challenge the Government’s backing for a new Heathrow runway must be put on hold, the High Court has ruled.


  • S Yorks 2017 mayoral election 'impossible' after court win

    21 December 2016

    The High Court has blocked Sheffield city region’s devolution bid over the inclusion of Chesterfield in the deal, throwing off course 2017's planned mayoral election.