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EM Highways wins £160M Area 9 contract

Mouchel subsidiary EM Highways Services is understood to have grabbed the latest Highways Agency Asset Support Contract, covering Area 9 in the West Midlands.

The five-year maintenance and upkeep contract is estimated to be worth up to £160M a year and covers the Birmingham box along with parts of the M5, M6 and M40.

EM Highways Services, formerly EnterpriseMouchel, is understood to have beaten off competition from incumbent Amey along with bids from Carillion, Skanska and Balfour Beatty/Mott MacDonald.

As with other ASC deals it will include design and construction of works up to £4M and will come into operation on 1 July. It is Mouchel’s second ASC win, having picked up the £700M Area 3 deal for southern England earlier in the year.

The news will come as a blow to Amey. It is the incumbent contractor and also currently maintains Birmingham City Council’s highways as part of a PFI deal. Retaining Area 9 would have allowed it to make use of economies of scale.

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