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the Higham Road Bridge fiasco https://www.northantslive.news/news/northamptonshire-news/national-highways-overpaid-300k-a45-6855372

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

The saga caused headaches for many of us. Seems the delay was Amey racking up costs massively cause you pay expecting another to. Why did it take 3 years to do the repair?

Can you provide all the papers between you and Amey about these costs, explain how these costs you can’t account for are in accordance with the contract, is Amey going to repay? Answer the questions how did Amey come to charge £300000 too much and why did National Highways simply pay it no questions asked. How many other cases like this are there? The figures are shocking.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Jones

Steve Taylor left an annotation ()

your link int he title does not work so it is here.
https://www.northantslive.news/news/nort...

Have you seen this:-
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear David B Jones

Thank you for your request relating to Higham Road Bridge repairs
correspondence between National Highways and Amey dated 29/03/2022. 

The due date for issuing a response is 28/04/2022.

Please feel free to contact our team if you have any queries quoting
FOI/3444 in any future communications

Kind regards

 

Andrea Bartlett

 

You can make new FOI requests and review published responses by
visiting [1]https://foiform.highwaysengland.co.uk/

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fyi ...
Let me first address a slight misunderstanding … the total cost of the work was revealed to be £750,000! Amey amassed £3/4 million of costs for a less than £50,000 repair. ...
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-save-...

foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear Dave Jones

 

Thank you for your email dated 29 March 2022 requesting information about
the Higham Road bridge costs.

 

We’ll be unable to proceed with your request without clarification of the
information you wish to receive. In your request you said ‘How many other
cases like this are there?’ Please can you explain what you mean by ‘other
cases?’

 

Please note that if I do not receive appropriate clarification of your
information requirements within two months from the date of this letter,
then I will consider your request closed.

 

Please remember to quote reference number FOI/3444 in any future
communications about this response.

 

 

Operations Midlands - High Level Correspondence Team
National Highways | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN

Web: [1]www.nationalhighways.co.uk

 

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Dear [email address],

Other cases where you've left barriers on the roads for months racking up charges. What's the current number of locations where this is deployed and since when?

Can you tell me your annual spend on this type of barrier which seems not to be temporary?

Yours sincerely,

David B Jones

OD MIDLANDS HLC, National Highways Limited

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Dear David B. Jones 

Thank you for your emails dated 29 March and 26 April 2022 regarding the
Constructions News article, and in which you requested information about
the Higham Road Bridge costs.

Part of your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This has been logged under reference FOI 3444 and
you will receive a separate response to it before 25 May 2022.

Please find attached our response to the remainder of your request which
has been handled under normal business practices.

Kind regards

Operations Midlands - High Level Correspondence Team
National Highways | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
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Dear OD MIDLANDS HLC,

You'll need to explain this to me, and provide the information making the figures clear.
The costs were £750000.
You paid £340000
You got back £130000
What got paid to who, why are there differences?

Putting up with your roadworks day after day for months, why'd you not just repair the small area of damage and be done with it? How long would that have taken and at what cost?
What was the cost of the bridge replacement, if you'd let me have the quote for the works, the scope, tenders and agreement.

Yours sincerely,

David B Jones

OD MIDLANDS HLC, National Highways Limited

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Dear Mr Jones

 

Thank you for your email of 18 May 2022 regarding our response to your
enquiry (reference 22279876). As we explained in our response, we have
handled this part of your request under normal business practices and not
in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. The remainder of your
request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
(reference 3444) and you will receive a separate response to it by 25 May
2022.

 

As you are dissatisfied with our response to your enquiry we will be happy
to escalate it to Stage 1 Complaint  in line with our Complaints procedure
[1]https://nationalhighways.co.uk/about-us/...,  if you
can provide our Customer Contact Centre (CCC) with your personal email or
postal address. As the What Do They Know website is a public site
dedicated to Freedom of Information requests rather than complaints,
please use your own email account to contact the CCC about your complaint.
The CCC’s email address is [2][email address]

 

We will log your request for  ‘What was the cost of the bridge
replacement, if you'd let me have the quote for the works, the scope,
tenders and agreement’ as a new request for information and notify you of
the reference number and our deadline for responding to it, shortly.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Operations Midlands - High Level Correspondence Team
National Highways | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN

Web: [3]www.nationalhighways.co.uk

 

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foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear David B Jones

Thank you for your request relating to 'The cost of the bridge
replacement, quote for the works, the scope, tenders and agreement dated
18/05/2022. 

The due date for issuing a response is 16/06/2022.

Please feel free to contact our team if you have any queries quoting
FOI/3668 in any future communications

 

Kind regards

Andrea Bartlett

 

You can make new FOI requests and review published responses by
visiting [1]https://foiform.highwaysengland.co.uk/

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foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear Mr Jones

 

Higham Road Bridge costs

 

Your Request was received on 29 March 2022 and your clarification was
received on 26 April 2022.

 

You requested:

 

1.         Can you provide all the papers between you and Amey about these
costs, explain how these costs you can’t account for are in accordance
with the contract,

2.         How many other cases like this are there?  The figures are
shocking. Other cases where you've left barriers on the roads for months
racking up charges.

3.         What's the current number of locations where this is deployed

4.         and since when?

5.         Can you tell me your annual spend on this type of barrier which
seems not to be temporary?

 

We have dealt with your request under the provisions of The Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

We estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the
appropriate limit and Section 12 of the Act does not oblige us to comply
with requests if they exceed this limit. The appropriate limit has been
specified in the legislation and, for a body such as National Highways, it
is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending
18 hours in determining whether National Highways holds the information,
and locating, retrieving and extracting that information.

 

We estimate that providing all of the information we hold within the broad
scope of your request would require over 18 hours of dedicated staff time.
Therefore, we are not obliged to comply with your request and we will not
be processing your request further at this time.

 

National Highways is split into 23 areas, a map of which is available here
[1]https://share.highwaysengland.co.uk/Shar...

 

11 of those areas are DBFO (Design, Build, Finance Operate) companies.
These are external agencies who are contracted to operate and maintain the
DBFO routes on behalf of National Highways for a defined period.

 

If you were to reduce the scope of your request to a narrower category of
information, it may be that we could comply with that request within the
appropriate limit, although I cannot guarantee that this will be the case.

 

For question 5 Can you tell me your annual spend on this type of barrier
which seems not to be temporary? Please can you confirm which of the
following areas you would like to receive information for. Please
bear in mind that we cannot provide you with information about all 23
areas as that would exceed the cost limit.

 

Operations South West (Area 1 and Area 2)

Operations South East (Area 3, Area 4)

DBFO Area 5

Operations East (Area 6 and Area 8)

Operations Midlands (Area 7 and Area 9)

Operations North West (Area 10 and Area 13

There is no Area 11

Operations Yorkshire and North East (Area 12 and Area 14

There are no Areas 15 to 24 inclusive

DBFO Area 25

DBFO Area 26

DBFO Area 27

DBFO Area 28

DBFO Area 29

DBFO Area 30

DBFO Area 31

DBFO Area 32

DBFO Area 33

DBFO Area 34

 

Please note that if we cannot agree a revised request by 6 June 2022 I
will have to refuse your request in reliance on the section 12 exemption.

 

If you have a question regarding the information we have provided in this
response please contact me by reply to this email. 

 

If you are not satisfied with your response you may ask for an internal
review within 40 working days of receiving the response, by replying to
this email. You can learn more about the internal review process
at [2]https://nationalhighways.co.uk/media/a14....

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted
at [3]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/ or via the address below -

 

          Information Commissioner’s Office,  

          Wycliffe House, 

          Water Lane, 

          Wilmslow, 

          Cheshire, 

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Please remember to quote reference number FOI/3444 in any future
communications about this response.

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

Colin Lowther

Head of Service and Delivery

Operations Directorate, Midlands

 

 

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foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear David B Jones

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 18 May 2022. I have dealt
with your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

In your request you said:

What was the cost of the bridge replacement, if you'd let me have the
quote for the works, the scope, tenders and agreement

We have now completed our search and I can confirm that under Section
1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we do not hold the
information requested.

 

National Highways did not carry out the permanent repair.

 

We believe that the information you require may be held by Network Rail.
If you have not already done so, you may wish to contact them at
[1][email address]

 

If you are not satisfied with your response you may ask for an internal
review within 40 working days of receiving the response, by replying to
this email. You can learn more about the internal review process
at [2]https://nationalhighways.co.uk/media/a14....

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted
at [3]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/ or via the address below -

            Information Commissioner’s Office

            Wycliffe House

            Water Lane

            Wilmslow

            Cheshire

            SK9 5AF

Please remember to quote reference number FOI/3668 in any future
communications about this response.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Colin Lowther

Head of Service and Delivery

Operations Directorate, Midlands

 

You can make new FOI requests and review published responses by
visiting [4]https://foiform.highwaysengland.co.uk/

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