Lincolnshire Council plans contracts worth £762m for highways maintenance

WCN Editorial Team 12 Sep 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

UK-based construction company Balfour Beatty, construction engineering firm Colas and WSP UK, the British subsidiary of Canadian consultant company WSP Global, have been recommended to deliver highways services for Lincolnshire County Council from 1 April 2020.

The three current 10-year highways maintenance contracts will end in March 2020. After the conclusion of a procurement process, Balfour Beatty, Colas and WSP UK have emerged as the successful bidders for the new contracts, which are together worth up to £762m over 12 years.

The main highways contract, worth around £638m, has been recommended for Balfour Beatty. The company will be responsible for the majority of road repairs, including fixing potholes, signs, road markings and winter maintenance.

Colas has been recommended for the £26m traffic signal contract, while WSP UK has been recommended for the £98m professional design services contract.

Lincolnshire County Council executive member for highways Councillor Richard Davies said: “It was important to get the best possible deal for taxpayers, so we’ve put a lot of time and care into these negotiations.

“The new contracts will see significant investment in improved equipment and new technology at highways depots around the county, which will mean better road repairs going forward.

“The companies have also shown a willingness to use local suppliers and take on apprentices, meaning there will be wider benefits for our communities.

“I feel confident the executive will be able to award a contract at our meeting on 1 October, which would mean Balfour Beatty, Colas and WSP can start preparing for the start of the new contracts on 1 April 2020.

“I would like to thank our current partners for their efforts in delivering highways services for the people of Lincolnshire over the past 10 years and look forward to seeing how the new contracts develop.”

Each of the three contracts will initially run for six years, with the option to extend for an additional six years.

Around 250 provider staff are expected to be transferred to the new suppliers.

The Lincolnshire County Council’s executive members will meet on 1 October 2019 to decide whether to award the contracts.

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Image: Lincolnshire Council plans contracts worth £762m for highways maintenance. Photo: Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council.

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