The upgrade of Harlesden Town Centre that has just begun is the first to be done under the new Lohac contract. That may seem an unexciting fact, but the important thing about it is that it allows costs to the taxpayer to be driven down without loss of service quality.
The new contract comes after years of work by TfL to develop a common London wide specification for Highways work. Brent is one of the first Boroughs to come on stream. The common specification allows costs to be compared across Boroughs so if one is markedly higher than another, the difference will be clear. It also means that contractors that have performed well under the contract will have an entree into a much wider pool of work than they could get from one contract alone.