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Two Scotland road deals awarded

BEAR Scotland and Scotland TranServ have secured trunk road term maintenance contracts north of the border.

Transport minister Keith Brown said the Perth-based firms were expected to sign contracts in the coming weeks,

BEAR Scotland will be responsible for maintaining 814 miles of trunk roads in the North-west, while Scotland TranServ will take over the South-west area, which includes 443 miles.

The contracts will take effect from 1 April 2013, running for five years with a possible extension for a further five years.

Mr Brown said: “Both BEAR and Scotland TranServ have submitted strong bids and we are confident they can build on their previous experience to deliver a trunk road network that is safe and well-maintained.”

Works will involve salting and snow clearing; grass cutting and weed control; gully cleaning; and the repair of street lighting and traffic signals.

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