Portsmouth PFI Explained

In 2004 Colas Portsmouth signed a £500m, 25 year Highways Maintenance PFI contract with Portsmouth City Council. The contract gives Colas Portsmouth the responsibility to rehabilitate and maintain the city's highway infrastructure. You can find out more about Colas’ key responsibilities by going to our 'Services' pages.

The contract offers several advantages to the residents of Portsmouth. First, it made it possible for Colas to carry out a massive regeneration programme during the first 5 years of the contract. Known as the Core Investment Period (CIP) this phase saw Colas carry out 20 to 30 times the volume of work Portsmouth City Council would have been able to carry out before the contract was agreed. This was the first phase of the contract and it finished on time in 2009.

Second, for the remaining 20 years of the contract known as the maintenance period, very specific levels of service are set out for Colas to maintain the Portsmouth highway network. Colas must meet rigorous specifications for the day-to-day maintenance, meaning response times to repair defects are now dramatically shorter than they were before the contract started and repairs are carried out quicker.

If you would like more information on the PFI contract or have any feedback for us, please get in touch with us from our contact us page. Whether you are pleased with what we do or want to highlight a problem, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like to report an issue on the network go to our report it page.