Isle of Wight raises concerns on roads PFI

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The Isle of Wight Council is currently wrangling with its flagship highway PFI provider over the level of services.

“It would be fair to say that there are disagreements between ourselves and the contractual provider on the level of services being provided for the money we are paying,” said Isle of Wight Council leader Phil Jordan at a meeting earlier this week.

In 2012, a Vinci/Ringway consortium was selected to manage and maintain 803km of highways and 827km of public rights of way on the island. All of its roads are being rebuilt or resurfaced over the course of the 25-year contract.

The council has previously sought to bolster its capacity to handle the contract, appointing Atkins in 2015 to help give “complete clarity” about each party’s responsibilities.

"There are ongoing discussions,” Jordan added this week. “We are doing as much as we can, as quickly as we can, […] to make sure we are getting what we pay for.”