Plans unveiled to set up Portsmouth City Council road team

Drivers are expecting delays after a paint spillage on the A3(M) this morning (image from Google)

UPDATE: A3(M) to be closed for emergency resurfacing

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PLANS have been unveiled to create a team of workers responsible for scrutinising the deal that maintains Portsmouth’s roads.

Councillor Donna Jones, council leader, said she wants to set up a group which will find ways of bringing costs down in the contract the authority has with Colas.

The company is responsible for the upkeep of the city’s roads as part of a private finance initiative contract (PFI).

The move is part of a management reshuffle at the city council which aims to save money in the long run.

Cllr Jones said money for additional posts had already been set aside in this year’s budget.

The team’s role will complement work done by other council contract management workers.

It comes after the council announced it is axing four senior director posts, which will save around £500,000.

Cllr Jones said: ‘It is very clear there is a lot of money to saved, and more needs to be got out of contracts we already have in place, through closer scrutiny.’

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem group leader, said: ‘It’s building on the work we started to do bringing in people to review the contract.

‘It’s a very big contract.’