Three shortlisted groups - Amey, a Carillion-led consortium and a Colas-led consortium have all completed the first stage of the £2bn Sheffield transport PFI procurement process, and demonstrated financial and technical eligibility to fulfil a 25-year contract.
Over the coming months, Sheffield Council will work with each bidder to develop transport solutions to best meet the City’s requirements.
Each group will then submit detailed delivery proposals in December 2009 for evaluation.
Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council and Project Sponsor for the Highway Maintenance PFI Project, John Mothersole, said: “All three of the organisations have a vast amount of experience in delivering highway maintenance works and are well known for the work they have carried out across the country for many years.
“We are very keen to ensure that the right service provider is chosen to fulfil this financially and technically complex Project. The service provider will need to guarantee that the service they deliver does not cause unnecessary disruption for all residents and businesses across the City, is on time and within budget. This is something that the Council will evaluate very carefully.”
The Sheffield’s Highway Maintenance PFI involves the winning group investing more than £2bn into the city’s highway infrastructure and streetscene over 25 years to improve and maintain some 2,000km of road, 65,000 streetlights, 350 bridges and other structures and 35,000 highway trees city-wide.
As the process continues the Council will enter into dialogue with each bidder, de-selecting bids at key stages, until a single preferred bidder is selected in early 2011.