South West Highways Alliance

South West Highways Alliance

Description of Network

The South West Highway Alliance (SWHA) is a partnership of 15 highway authorities in the south west of England that have formally agreed to work collaboratively to deliver more efficient highway services.
The alliance has eight key objectives:
(i)  Delivering Value for Money by having a clear focus on producing meaningful outcomes and best value for money – using evidence-based practice to prioritise initiatives that will deliver the most effective service and/or efficiency returns;
(ii)  Intelligent Commissioning by the adoption of a flexible approach to the commissioning of highway services, making the most of opportunities for region-wide collaboration;
(iii)  Effective Collaborative Working by the development of meaningful flexible partnerships arrangements between authorities, the private sector and the supply chain;
(iv)  Providing Economic Stimulus to ensure that local supply chains are supported within the SWHA collaborative framework;
(v)  Driving Innovation to support innovation through the adoption and development of new technologies, techniques, processes and materials, throughout the supply chain, that lead to direct improvements in service outcomes; 

(vi)  Removing Duplication by sharing resources and rationalising systems and procedures in order to reduce overhead costs, as appropriate;
(vii)  Developing Skills to adopt a collaborative approach to developing skills, providing opportunities for moving staff around the region and for sharing training opportunities in order to drive the sharing of best practice and the delivery of improvements across the SWHA;
(viii)  Monitoring Performance by robust, open and transparent monitoring of performance, including (but not exhaustively) benchmarking and year-on-yearcomparisons, in order to gauge progress and the impact of improvements as well as identifying where future SWHA work needs to be prioritised.


Existing members (in alphabetical order):

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bournemouth Borough Council 
  • Bristol City Council 
  • Cornwall Council 
  • Devon County Council
  • Dorset County Council
  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Plymouth City Council 
  • Borough of Poole
  • Somerset County Council
  • South Gloucestershire Council 
  • Swindon Borough Council 
  • Torbay Council 
  • Wiltshire County Council 

Benefits of membership

Savings (time and monetary) from access to shared contracts.

Savings from development of shared services.

Savings from local delivery of training courses.

Access to peer support across the full range of highways activities.

Reduced duplication and enhanced consistency through development of common policy approaches. 

Becoming a member

Membership is open to all local highway authorities based in the south west of England.  Subject to approval by current SWHA members, any party wishing to become a SWHA Member may do so by applying to the Programme Board and entering into a deed of adherence to the SWHA collaboration agreement.


Contact for more details

Emma Cockburn