Surrey County Council is on course to save local taxpayers £100 million inside four years by striking better deals.
That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to tear up more than 300 miles of road most in need of improvement and rebuild many of them from scratch.
Driving harder bargains saved Surrey £27m in the last financial year, pushing the total up to £83m over the past three years.
Another £10m of savings have already been secured this year and £5m more is expected to be made in the next few months.
Savings were generated last year by renegotiating contracts with the likes of IT businesses and energy suppliers. This year they have come from doing better deals with building firms while costs have also been driven down through a shared purchasing initiative with East Sussex County Council.
Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Business Services Denise Le Gal said: “We’re determined to get the best possible deal for Surrey taxpayers and saving £100m in four years through driving harder bargains bears testament to that.
“That sum would be enough to cover our revolutionary five-year programme to completely overhaul more than 300 miles of road and we’re determined to ensure we continue to provide maximum value for money and excellent services.”