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Starting gun fired for bidders in £326M Highways England deal

Roads

Highways England has published the tender documents for a maintenance and response contractor deal worth £326M in north west England.

The successful contractor will carry out all routine and cyclic maintenance, incident response, defect rectification and severe weather response services across area 10 of the Highways England Network.

Area 10 covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

In October last year a Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald joint venture was awarded a £115M Asset Support Contract extension in the region. This will run until March 2019.

The service period for the new contract is for 15 years, spanning the next roads investment strategy (RIS2) time frame which will run from 2020 to 2025. Highways England said that because of the long nature of the contract, it will review the deal every three years to ensure the scope, costs and contractor are still on course and to see whether any elements need updating.

The tender document states that at the review points, the contractor’s accepted plan would be modified to ensure it understood and was “committed to provide a service to reflect Highways England’s changing aims and expectations over the service period”.

The government body is also due to publish a £220M framework invitation with lots for general civil engineering works, drainage, structural services and expansion joints for area 10. There will be 10 lots in total and up to two lots could be awarded to one bidder.

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