About Us

When we were formed in July 2007 we were the first partnership of our kind in the UK, and have gone from strength to strength. Seen as a exemplar by the National Audit Office in 2010 we are now being used as the model for regional alliances being set up across the country. Our membership has doubled from the original 10 authorities to the present 21 (July 2016). Initially, our work was supported by a grant from the Department for Transport (DfT) but we are now fully self-funded from a mixture of member subscriptions, fees and levies on the use of our frameworks.

We have a common aim which is to work together to improve performance, share best practice and make efficiency savings in the delivery of highway services. Over the last seven years we estimate our activities, in developing collaborative frameworks, have saved our member authorities an estimated £4million a year.

We assess the key drivers from the Government Construction 2025 strategy in the preparation of our business plans and objectives. The MHA work-stream leads use these to develop their planning, to enable coherence and consistency.

We have five workstreams we work under: Medium Schemes, Term Maintenance, Professional Services, Assets, Standards and Commodities and Skills Community. These workstreams are looking at innovative projects and sharing best practice that will help contribute to generating more efficiencies. We recognise the value in collaborative working, both between authorities, and with the whole of the highway sector, and look to develop close relationships with both contractors and suppliers.

Leicestershire County Council acts as the host authority for the alliance, providing financial management support, communications support and by employing the four MHA staff. The MHA have four full time staff, an alliance manager, a framework manager, a skills community manager and a support assistant. Details for contacts can be found here.

For more information on fees see the documents section of the website.