Highways England has awarded four of its new style roads contracts worth more than £300M in Cumbria, North Lancashire, and the North East.
Kier Highways and a CH2M Costain joint venture (JV) have been awarded two maintenance response contracts that have a total value of up to £262M and will run for 15 years. Kier will operate in Cumbria and the CH2M Costain JV will operate in the North East, both starting on 1 April 2017.
The scope of the new contracts includes highways maintenance, repairs, emergency incident response and severe weather services. Highways England will directly manage routine maintenance and capital renewal and improvement projects.
Amey has also won two new five-year design services contracts worth a total of £38M for Cumbria and North Lancashire and the North East areas, which includes technical design.
The current managing agent contracts with A-one+ in the North East and Kier in Cumbria and North Lancashire will finish their contracts at the end of March.
Highways England also recently announced plans to change delivery in the east of England to the new contracts.
“We are delighted to welcome Kier Highways Limited, CH2M Costain joint venture and Amey OW Limited to our asset delivery supply chain community in Cumbria and North Lancashire and the North East,” said Highways England executive director for commercial and procurement David Poole.
“The awarding of these four new contracts builds on the new way of working already taking place in the East Midlands and is a real change in the way we have previously operated the network. These contracts demonstrate our commitment to increasing capability and understanding within Highways England and bringing Highways England closer to our customers.
“Collaboration with our supply chain is key to our new way of working and we are looking forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with the appointed contractors.”
Suppliers will be appointed to the new framework for construction in late January 2017.