Many countries are making increasing use of the private sector for road maintenance activities. The United Kingdom has a considerable background in this change process, both on the national road network and the local county road networks.
This report describes the experience of two counties, who have adopted different methods for involving the private sector. Berkshire transferred its in-house workforce to a contractor, and subsequently its planning and management function to a consultant. By contrast, Somerset transferred both its in-house workforce and planning and management function to a single combined service provider.
The report reviews the background to these changes, identifies the pressures for the change, and describes and comments on the new models.