Dominic Browne

  • Jenrick activates Bellwin after storm

    17 February 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.


  • Council pays compensation to Amey after High Court challenge

    05 February 2020

    West Sussex CC has paid £4m in compensation to Amey over a contested highways procurement process.


  • Kier's chief operating officer quits

    18 November 2019

    Kier’s chief operating officer (COO), Claudio Veritiero, has left the business with immediate effect, after only being appointed in August 2018.


  • Queen's speech: national infrastructure strategy set for revamp

    14 October 2019

    The Queen's Speech has pledged a revamped national infrastructure strategy designed to help support growth across the UK, as well as an aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.


  • Jobs cull for Kier

    17 June 2019

    Kier Group is to cut around 1,200 jobs and make savings of £55m over the next two years amid a planned sell-off of many of its commercial interests.


  • Fidler appointed DfT's local transport director

    17 April 2019

    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.


  • Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill

    18 February 2019

    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.


  • Councils to legally challenge Heathrow expansion

    26 June 2018

    A group of councils opposed to Heathrow expansion will launch a legal bid for a judicial review of Parliament’s decision to back a third runway.


  • Amey hit by £50m compensation bill - reports

    13 June 2018

    Amey has been ordered to pay Birmingham City Council more than £50m in compensation after the contractor lost a long-running court battle, according to reports.


  • Highways maintenance backlog falls to £9bn

    20 March 2018

    The estimated highways maintenance backlog has fallen by almost 23% this year to £9.3bn from £12bn.


  • Birmingham wins Amey litigation

    23 February 2018

    The Court of Appeal has found in favour of Birmingham City Council in a long-running and occasionally bitter highways dispute, rejecting Amey’s ‘ingenious new interpretation of the contract’.


  • Budget 2017: Councils to bid for £690m congestion fund

    08 March 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a major local funding boost to tackle congestion in his first Budget, with a £690m competitive fund for English councils to get local networks moving.


  • LGA split over mayoral devolution

    06 December 2016

    Senior figures at the Local Government Association (LGA) are divided over whether to continue to press ministers to allow ‘full monty’ devolution without a directly-elected mayor.


  • Autumn Statement: Hammond backs transport as foundation for growth

    23 November 2016

    Chancellor Philip Hammond continued Government policy of investing in transport networks to help lay a foundation for increased growth and productivity, with billions being released for road and rail as well as a continuation of the fuel duty freeze.


  • Budget 2016: Osborne boosts infrastructure and flood defences

    16 March 2016

    Flood resilience was a keynote winner in today’s Budget, with the chancellor raising the potential for spending to be on a secure footing similar to Highways England's under the planned ring-fencing of vehicle excise duty by 2020-2021.


  • Spending Review: Transport major plank of Osborne's spending plans

    25 November 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne made transport investment a major plank of his spending plans once again, including an eye-catching £250m local pothole fund.


  • Essex CC calls for its own LEP

    17 July 2015

    Essex CC has called for the creation of its own local enterprise partnership (LEP) covering the county.


  • Summer Budget: Vehicle excise duty to pay for Roads Fund

    08 July 2015

    England will have a dedicated Roads Fund using ring-fenced money coming directly from vehicle excise duty (VED) to protect the nation’s crumbling highways network, chancellor George Osborne announced today.


  • Budget 2015: Regional transport strategies unveiled in Budget

    18 March 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne announced major transport investment strategies for the North, the South West and London in his Budget today, alongside a range of wider infrastructure boosts.


  • Pickles predicts bonfire of the LEPs

    19 February 2015

    The number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will fall after May’s General Election, communities secretary Eric Pickles has said.