Yotta wins Hounslow PFI survey contract
Hounslow Highways has awarded a contract worth up to £100,000 a year to Yotta for a range of high-tech road surveys and consultancy services. Hounslow Highways began operating the new highways service in the London Borough of Hounslow on 1 January 2013.
The surveys include a combined Footway Network and Detailed Visual Inspection survey, Skid Resistance and Traffic Speed surveys (SCANNER).
Yotta will survey the entire Hounslow highway network; 458 miles of footway and 259 miles of carriageway. The company has also produced a bespoke survey manual to improve the consistency and repeatability of the visual surveys. With Yotta’s attention to detail, Hounslow Highways is assured of data quality and the partnership with a specialist highway surveying and technology company enables the organisation to make the most from its expertise and support.
“Yotta understands our network and our survey requirements. We also appreciate what the company can do for us and we have developed a close working relationship. The company’s survey team is competent and we get accurate, quality data that helps us with meeting our performance indicators for maintaining and improving the network,” says Rob Gillespie, Service Director, Hounslow Highways.
The project is the result of an historic £800 million, 25-year deal signed by the council to improve the highways infrastructure across the borough. In the first five years, during the Core Investment Period (CIP), approximately £100 million will be invested through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to improve the borough’s 259 miles of roads and 458 miles of footpaths. During the first two-years, 16,000 street lighting units will be replaced with low-energy, carbon-efficient LED lanterns. In addition, Hounslow Highways is responsible for a number of traditional council services, including: street cleansing, winter service, tree maintenance and reactive highways maintenance.
Ringway Hounslow Highways Limited is the operating company for the project delivering both the CIP works and the day-to-day services to the London Borough of Hounslow. The operating company is subcontracted to the Special Purpose Vehicle Hounslow Highways Services Limited (a joint venture between VINCI Concessions and Barclays Infrastructure Fund).