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A new way for highways


County selects five potential providers to tender for the county’s highways maintenance contract from April 2019.

As part of a £150 million investment into the county’s roads over the next five years, Gloucestershire County Council announced proposals to break down the county’s highways contract into three areas.

The new areas will be broken down into a highways term maintenance contract, highways structural maintenance contract (resurfacing works) and the highways professional services contract (works design and consultancy support).

To help shape these contract changes, officers from the council visited other shire counties to see how they work. By looking at other areas, as well as Highways England, officers were able to put together a new model which follows current best practice and brings Gloucestershire in line with other county councils.

The new highways term maintenance contract will deliver around £20m of routine maintenance on our roads each year and covers works such as pothole repairs, patching, winter gritting, grass cutting and gulley emptying.

The five companies that have been shortlisted are Balfour Beatty, Griffiths, Ringway, Skanska and Volker Highways.

Each prospective contactor will go through a rigorous tendering process over the coming months before an award of the contract in the Autumn 2018.

The council’s current highways provider Amey will continue to deliver highway services in the county until their contract ends at the end of March 2019. With the award of the new contract in autumn 2018, discussions will then begin around transferring staff to the new provider ready for the April 1st 2019 start.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “We’ve been looking at how best to make the most of this council’s five year commitment of a £150 million investment.

“We agreed in November that a new approach to the way our highways contract works was needed to help us deliver quality roads and good value for money for tax payers.

“Its great that we’ve had so many interested parties come forward, and I am looking forward to seeing the proposals they put forward."