New highways maintenance contract moves a step closer
Appointment of a new contractor to takeover the maintenance of Gloucestershire’s 3,000 miles of highway is on track and moving forward to the next stage.
In September last year, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet agreed that once its five year contract with Amey has finished, it will no longer use just one organisation to deliver highways maintenance, support and structural design. Instead it will put in a three pronged approach to deliver the main aspects of the county’s road upkeep.
The council is currently investing £150 million in Gloucestershire’s roads over five years, and this new way of working is designed to maximise the impact of this money.
The first contract with Tarmac, lasting for two years, started in April this year and includes large resurfacing schemes. An example of this is the recently completed work to resurface more than five miles of carriageway on the A4173, between the A46 and Whaddon.
The second contract, known as the Term Maintenance Contract (TMC), includes things such as managing the upkeep of gullies, winter gritting and snow clearing, repairing damage to the road and cutting back verges and grass.
Lastly, later this year, the council will hold a tender exercise that will look at proposals for how its specialist projects, like the recently successful Elmbridge Court Roundabout can be managed.
The point in the Term Maintenance Contract procurement has been reached where, following a detailed evaluation of the five submissions received, Alun Griffiths, Ringway and Skanska have been chosen to go through to the next stage.
The council will now work with these three bidders to agree a final set of tender documents. They will then have time to adjust their bids before the end of July. Final evaluations will take place in August with the contract likely to be awarded in September. A six month mobilisation process will then begin with the new provider before the new contract starts on the 1st April 2019.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We’ve been working hard to put in place this new way of working. I’m confident this approach will make sure that we will make the most of the council’s five year £150 million investment and deliver value for money.
“I’m really pleased that we are on track to award the term maintenance contract in September so we can then hit the ground running next April.
“I also want to place on record my thanks to all the bidders for their interest in working with us and the hard work they put in to preparing their bids.”