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Research and Development Supply Chain Community - Consultation Document, December 2003

Consultation With The Industry


To support the delivery of best value solutions and services, the Highways Agency is seeking the views of the Research & Development and Technical Consultancy Industry about its proposals for the procurement of this important area of work and its vision to create, maintain and develop a Community that embraces R&D and the Technical Consultancy supply chain.

Replies are required by the 30th January 2004.

The consultation has been developed in association with representatives of the industry.

Framework contracts can be used as a contractual means of facilitating the delivery of best value, particularly by working within a non-contractual Community environment which supports the operation of the framework contracts.


The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. We have a major role in delivering the Government's Ten Year Plan for Transport.

Research & Development and Technical Consultancy in the Agency

R&D is the key source of new ideas, knowledge, tools and technologies that drive forward innovative solutions to customer needs. The R&D programme is guided by a strategy in consultation with other government departments, industry and road users.

The Agency's 03-04 budget for R&D is £13M, an 18% increase in the allocation for the previous year. There is a similar budget for Technical Consultancy. We presently have 45 live framework agreements with 53 suppliers.