As regular readers will know we have been waiting for years for Birmingham City Council to carry out improvements to the Hagley Road Kings Head junction as part of the Showcase bus improvements, including the filling in of the underpass and installation of a pedestrian phase on the traffic lights.
In February we were given an undertaking by officers of the City Council that work would start in June…but today we have been told it has been delayed yet again. Here’s a copy of the notification letter from City Council Highways Officers:
We have completed the review of the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire’s (PQQ) received from the 14 Contractors. The quality of each submission was very high, such that we had to carry out 4 iterations of the review in order to be able to distinguish the scores between the contractors. This necessary procurement process took longer than expected and led to a delay with the scheme’s development.
From the PQQ review we have written to 7 Contractors informing them of their success and will be inviting them to tender for the scheme. The contract documents have been completed but we have been unable to formally issue to the Contractors. Due to the pending closure of the city centre tunnels this summer (St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels) we are prohibited from commencing until September 2013. This is unavoidable and will also occur next year. With these restrictions I have had to produce a new delivery programme to accommodate the tunnel closures. This currently stands as follows:
Invitation to Tender – 5th July 2013 (upon my return from Paternity leave)
Tender Return Period – 9th August 2013
Review and Contract Award – 20th September 2013
Mobilisation – 20th September – 28th October 2013
Contract end – start of June 2014.
Opportunities for acceleration will be considered at each stage outlined above.
You can be excused for not holding your breath…