Highways England awards £240m maintenance contract to Amey


UK-based infrastructure management company Amey has secured a £240m Specialist Bridge Inspection and Maintenance (SBIM) contract from Highways England for the Avonmouth and Severn Bridges.

Under the 15-year contract, worth £16m annually, Amey will manage three major structures including the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and 1,400m M5 Avonmouth Bridge. It is effective from November 2020.

The scope of the work includes structural inspections, routine maintenance and major renewal schemes. Amey will also be responsible for the cyclic maintenance, daily structure inspections and safety patrols.

Amey Transport Infrastructure managing director Peter Anderson said: “Amey will bring a wealth of innovative operational solutions and capabilities regarding bridge infrastructure, which has been recognised by Highways England, through our work on the illustrious Forth Road Bridge amongst other structures across the UK.

“Ensuring our people are safe, our ability to deliver to a high standard and putting the customer at the heart of our operations, guarantees that this approach encompasses Highways England's imperatives and is a success for both our client and those using the network.”

Separately, Highways England has awarded Area 4 maintenance and response contract worth £160m to Kier Highways.

Under the eight-year contract, Kier will be responsible for routine and cyclical maintenance, incident response, defect rectification and severe weather delivery on the trunk roads and motorways within Area 4 covering Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex.

The scope of work also includes roadside technology maintenance and the provision of traffic management for Kier’s maintenance and response activities.

Scheduled to start in November this year, the contract involves maintaining 130km of motorways (M2, M20 and M23), 320km of trunk road and over 1000 structures that include Medway Viaduct, the A20 Roundhill Tunnel and the A27 Southwick Tunnel.

Kier Highways group managing director Joe Incutti said: “I am delighted that Kier has been awarded the Highways England Area 4 Maintenance and Response Contract, enabling it to continue to work with Highways England in the second Roads Investment Period, which is scheduled to end in 2025.”

The M48 Severn Bridge in the UK. (Credit: Crown copyright/gov.uk)

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