Amey has won a £325m, 15-year contract from Highways England for the highways maintenance and to act as response contractor for Area 10 in the UK.
The road network serves the North West of England, connecting Manchester and Liverpool, and surrounding areas.
From April 2019, Amey provide routine and cyclic maintenance on the trunk road and motorway network around Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and South Lancashire.
Amey, which will be responsible for incident response, defect rectification and severe weather treatment, will also be in charge of traffic management during incidents, as well as the operation of the five main depots in the region and seven winter-only depots.
The company already maintains Highways England Area 7, ensuring reliable journeys for 4.5 million citizens across the East Midlands every day on the 787km network.
It is also responsible for designing maintenance and improvement schemes for nearly 658km of strategic road network in Areas 13 and 14.
Under the new contract, greater focus will be on bringing services in house, including winter maintenance. Amey will recruit 45 people from the North West to join the present team to deliver the service.
Amey CEO Andy Milner said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this key contract by Highways England. Working together, listening and learning from our clients and customers, we have reshaped our Highways business to put collaboration and service delivery at the heart of our approach.
“Over the next 15 years, we will be expanding our workforce, developing local skills and adopting new ways of working which keep our employees and our supply chain from harm, and encourage a more diverse workforce of the future.”
Highways England operations executive director Nick Harris said: “We recognise that how we maintain our roads and respond to incidents are extremely important issues for drivers.
“By working more closely with our supply chain colleagues who carry out these activities, we will be able to work more effectively, identify innovative ways of working and provide the best possible quality of service to our customers.
“We are delighted to welcome Amey to our North West Asset Delivery supply chain community and look forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with them.”
Image: Thelwall viaduct in Area 10. Photo: Courtesy of AMEY PLC.