View from the top: An update on NY Highways

This week has been something of a blur as I have been heavily engaged with the launch of NY Highways in my capacity as Chairman. I know that many other client organisations would like to understand a little more about the NY Highways Teckal model so here’s a brief update: As of 1 June the highway services in North Yorkshire became the responsibility of NY Highways, a company wholly owned by the County Council but operating as a private business.

NY Highways takes on the role after the council’s contract with Ringway ended. While County Council highways work will form NY Highways’ main workload, there will be opportunities to work for other public and private clients, providing additional income to underpin other services. The vast majority of staff who worked on the Ringway contract have transferred to NY Highways, retaining experience and knowledge that is so vital in providing a consistent service from day one.

Along with Ross Bullerwell, NY Highways Managing Director and other senior officers of NYCC we have spent the past few days supporting the mobilisation effort by speaking to every transferee in eight different locations making sure they are comfortable with the proposed changes that Ross and the client team aim to introduce over the coming months. I’m delighted to report that the launch has gone off without any mishaps and this has purely been down to the efforts of the whole team who have been working hard on this mobilisation for the past few months.

There are only three such Teckal models for the highways function in the UK and I believe it is healthy market that can accommodate such alternative service delivery models. A Teckal model will not suit every client as it needs exceptional leadership, a firm commitment from the council and a desire to regain full control of the highway function.

I’m confident that this model is right for North Yorkshire and expect to see the close relationship between the County Council and NY Highways develop to a point that will enable the operation to be fleet of foot and to react quickly and flexibly to changes in circumstances.