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Contractor wanted for £195M Severn bridges contract

Severn bridge

Highways England is looking for a contractor to carry out specialist bridge inspection and routine maintenance work on the Severn bridges spanning England and Wales.

The contract is intended to be for 15 years and has an expected total value of between £170M and £195M, according to a Prior Information Notice (PIN) issued by Highways England on the Official Journal of the European Union.

The successful tenderer will be required to provide specialist bridge inspections, routine and cyclic maintenance, defect rectification and some capital works on the M5 Avonmouth, M4 Prince of Wales and M48 Severn Bridges. 

Highways England procurement delivery lead David Stone said: “Following the transfer of the Severn Bridges to public ownership at the start of 2018 and the removal of the tolls at the end of 2018, Highways England has issued a formal notice to the marketplace that it is exploring new ways to maintain and inspect both crossings.”

Additional duties will also include the provision of traffic management for the purpose of the contractor’s maintenance and response activities, and the facilities maintenance of depots associated with the bridges within the South West region.

The PIN adds: “It is envisaged supplier engagement between Highways England and the market, will inform the scope of the competitive tender, listening to what interested parties have to say and using this to shape the contract. It is imperative that we work collaboratively to achieve the optimum solutions.

“Collaboration is at the heart of the relationships necessary to deliver at the scale and pace required.”

Highways England is planning to hold supplier engagement events at the beginning of June.

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