Within the next few weeks we will know the outcome of our joint project with Somerset County Council and Plymouth Council, to procure a new Term Maintenance Contractor. Over the next week, the outcome of the financial evaluation of tenders will come together with the outcome of the quality evaluation to give a final tender ranging. The background to the procurement, the procurement process and the evaluation of tenders will be reported to Cabinet on the 14 September, and a recommendation will be made for Cabinet to decide on tender award. Whilst we have worked with Somerset and Plymouth on the project, we will end up with our own Devon contract. We will however be exploring opportunities with our Local Highway Authority neighbours and the successful tenderer(s) for future collaboration so that we don’t miss any opportunity to drive efficiencies that could flow from joint working across geographical and organisational boundaries.