National Highways, the UK government-owned company responsible for roads in England, is planning to spend up to £1bn on tech over the next four years via another framework.
Formerly known as Highways England, the operation is looking for tech suppliers to support its strategic aims: building, maintaining and improving roads, operating the road network and providing services, such as journey information, to road users.
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National Highways has yet to explain the delay but since that early market engagement with suppliers, the emphasis of the procurement has shifted.
The initial approach to the market described four lots including services and solutions; technical specialist services; professional services in IT; and IT products and managed services.
Now there are 18 lots, split into:
- Asset management
- Corporate systems
- Architectural design services
- Software development services
- Cyber security and data protection
- Digital and data
- Infrastructure and platform design
- Service management and transition
- Business engagement
- Transformation and performance delivery
- IT commercial, procurement and financial
- Software (off-the-shelf and SaaS)
- Workplace hardware
- Hardware infrastructure and platforms
- Infrastructure and platform
- Multi-service provision
- Multi-discipline provision
All contracts are expected to last for four years.
The latest tender was published after an Operational Technology Commercial Framework, worth around £500m, appeared in July.
In 2019, the publicly owned company published an Information Vision and Strategy. In it, the organisation said it would increasingly use digital design and construction, develop operational technology that would enable it to monitor and manage traffic, and provide data to help road users be better informed about their journeys. ®