Weekly UK tender publishing update
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In the news this week
PPE procurement in the early pandemic
Information about the government’s procurement exercise to secure critical personal protective equipment (PPE) during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New plans to boost cyber security of UK’s digital supply chains
To protect the country’s digital supply chains, new measures have been published to help enhance the security of businesses’ IT services.
These measure include:
◆ IT service providers may have to follow new rules for cyber security, such as those in the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF)
◆ New procurement rules to ensure the public sector buys services from firms with good cyber security
Why National Highways’ A46 road scheme stands out a green mile in drive for net zero carbon
Contractors have gone that extra green mile when resurfacing a dual carriageway on the National Highways’ network – by recycling more than half of the materials from the old road back into the new one and cutting the carbon footprint by 23%.
Proposing actions like this can really make your bids stand out, by helping contracting authorities to meet their social value obligations.
£360 million investment to transform rail ticketing across the country
Contactless pay-as-you-go ticketing to be rolled out across the commuter networks of the Midlands and North over the next 3 years.
Funding boost to develop EV charging infrastructure roadmap for UK’s rural regions
A £335,000 grant has been awarded through Innovate UK’s Rural Electric Mobility Enabler workstream, to a project that plans to map and understand seasonal flows of cars in and our of Devon. This information will be used alongside data from the national grid to plan where public EV charging points would be most beneficial. The research and trial period will end in March 2022, when findings will be reported and recommendations shared with other rural councils across the UK.
HS2 Eastern Leg to Leeds will be axed
The HS2 route to Leeds has been axed in favour of a Birmingham to East Midlands Parkway line. High-speed trains will still reach Yorkshire, but will use existing slower tracks to complete the journey. This news comes with the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) 2021, and includes the following updates:
◆ HS2 will go directly to Sheffield
◆ A high-speed line will be built between Birmingham and the East Midlands
◆ The Midland Main Line and Trans-Pennine Main Line will be electrified
◆ Bradford will not be included on the upgraded route connecting Leeds and Manchester
UK enshrines Telecoms Act – the anti-Huawei bill – into law
Under the UK Telecommunications Act, the government has new powers allowing it to strip out high-risk telecoms vendors – such as Huawei – from the UK‘s communication networks. The new laws define the legal duties of telecommunications companies, while also allowing the Government to designate suppliers as high-risk – meaning they can decide how and if their equipment can be used on networks. Breaking these new rules could see operators facing penalties of up to 10 per cent of their turnover, or £100,000 per day in case of a continuing violation.
Housing named biggest local infrastructure priority for senior council leaders
51 senior local government officers were asked to identify five infrastructure priorities needed within their communities, and 69% of them named either residential housing, affordable housing or social housing.
Powering Royal Navy ships with hybrid-electric engines
DASA is exploring solutions for innovations in hybrid powertrain technologies that could power Royal Navy vessels and reduce carbon emissions.
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