Mouchel-owned EM Highways Services has formally taken over the Highways Agency’s biggest area contract – Area 9.
EM, which manages and maintains three other Highways Agency areas, now starts a five-year contract in Area 9, which covers much of the Midlands.
The deal is worth up to £160M per year, with extensions possible until 2022.
EM will work under an asset support contract (ASC), which replaces the managing agent contractor (MAC) agreement used during the previous agreement with Amey, which has now concluded.
Area 9 covers major roads in much of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire, as well as parts of Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, and includes the seven metropolitan boroughs of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull, Coventry and the City of Birmingham.
The roads covered by the contract are sections of the M50, M5, M6, M42, M40, A5, A38, A46, A49, A38(M), M54 and M69.
Dave Wright, managing director for EM, said: “Over the next five years, we have a lot to deliver on behalf of the Highways Agency with the most Pinch Point schemes planned to take place in Area 9.”
EM also operates the contracts for the Highways Agency Area 1 MAC (Devon and Cornwall), Area 3 ASC (Central Southern England), and Area 13 MAC (Cumbria and North Lancashire).
NCE revealed last year that EM was in line to secure the Area 9 work.