Balfour Beatty Living Places secures £103m highways contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 5 Oct 2018 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Balfour Beatty Living Places, a subsidiary of British infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, has secured a seven-year, £103m contract from Telford and Wrekin Council for the maintenance of highways assets.

The contract provides the option for a seven-year extension.

Balfour Beatty Living Places will work with the Telford and Wrekin Council to maintain the Borough’s 626 miles of highways and 743 miles of footpaths; provide drainage cleansing services; and winter gritting and reactive highways maintenance as required.

The agreement is expected to bring savings of approximately £200,000 a year for the council through enhanced management of services.

Balfour Beatty Living Places will also work with the Telford and Wrekin Council to help deliver its £20m capital investment programme of planned highways and transport projects.

The programme, which is aimed at improving roads, paths and highways structures, will be delivered over the first two years of the contract.

Balfour Beatty Living Places managing director Steve Helliwell said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Telford and Wrekin Council; it builds on our trusted expertise in highways services.

“We look forward to working closely with the council and the local community to deliver tangible improvements across the Borough.”

Work is due to commence in April 2019. A workforce of 46 full-time employees, including four apprentices and graduates, will be employed.

Cabinet member for transport, roads and broadband Councillor Hilda Rhodes said: “This is a key contract for the council at a time when we are investing very heavily in improving roads and footpaths across the Borough through our £45 million Pride in Our Community programme.

“The savings from the contract will have no effect on the major capital investment that we are making between now and April 2021 targeting roads in particular.”

Balfour Beatty Living Places delivers highways maintenance services and provides customer-focused innovation in everyday operations, such as sharing real-time online information to improve road users’ interaction with roadworks and minimise disruption to the travelling public.

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Image: A Balfour Beatty winter gritter at work. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

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