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Kier-WSP team agrees £200M Northamptonshire highways extension

The Kier-WSP joint venture which runs Northamptonshire’s highways services contract has signed a four-year extension with the county council, worth £200M.

The deal began in 2008, operated by a joint venture between May Gurney and WSP, with the former being acquired by Kier in 2013. The same year the council’s highways service merged with the joint venture to form a single integrated team.

The highways services contract was due for renewal in 2016, and the extension extends the arrangement until 2020.

Kier-WSP is targeted with delivering additional savings to the council of £5M through improved efficiencies and working practices.

Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Our experience of working with Kier-WSP over the past six years as our transport and highways partner has been extremely positive and we’re delighted to be able to extend that contract for a further four years.

“We are looking forward to developing the way forward as a strategic alliance, which will offer us more opportunities to work better together, improve our services, whilst making the necessary savings that are required within Northamptonshire.”

Bruce Donaldson, Kier-WSP joint venture director, said: “The extension and new alliance means that we can further deepen and develop the partnership to deliver more efficient and effective services to customers across the region. Our track record and experience in Northamptonshire has helped us to understand and prioritise the needs of the local residents and businesses, so working in close partnership with the Council we look forward to what can be achieved under the new alliance.”

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