As the County Council's current £25 million investment programme to improve roads begins, the focus is firmly on taking steps to achieve the best possible value for money for over 200 separate schemes planned for the coming year.
Working through its provider, Transport for Buckinghamshire, the Council already has strict controls in place to make sure all roadworks carried out deliver value for money and compare favourably with levels and standards being achieved nationally by other councils.
However, this year the Council is going a step further and subjecting £10 million of the programme to even more stringent market testing so that the best prices and standards can be achieved for local council taxpayers.
The County Council's Cabinet Member for Transportation, Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said it was an important part of her role to make sure proper value for money was being delivered.
She said, "We must remember this is public money and we have a duty to make sure we spent it as wisely as possible. This year we will be offering £10 million of work to a wider potential market. This means we can gain even more knowledge about the current marketplace and what options we might use for future roadworks. We are also arranging additional monitoring of roadworks to make sure work is delivered on time and to the quality standards we set.
"This year, we will be delivering the largest road surfacing programme since 2009 as we continue the task of getting our roads back in shape. The more we can stretch every penny of our resources, the more we can do on the ground.
Full details of the countywide programme are available at buckscc.gov.uk/transport or follow TfB on Twitter @TfBalerts.