VolkerHighways, an integrated highways service provider operating across London and the South of England, has secured a contract from Bath and North East Somerset Council for planned, routine and reactive maintenance to the highway network, as well as emergency response to road incidents.
The £49m contract will begin on 1 April 2019 and continue for seven years, with a possible three-year extension.
VolkerHighways, a business unit of VolkerWessels UK, will also undertake winter maintenance, including maintaining the council’s new winter fleet, gully cleansing, rural verge maintenance, event traffic management and drainage maintenance works.
VolkerHighways managing director Alistair Thompson said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract, which will allow us to continue our work maintaining areas of historical interest and outstanding natural beauty.
“We are committed to developing links with the local communities in which we work and look forward to providing social value, alongside the highest quality of highways maintenance service, within Bath and North East Somerset.”
The company will also create two new apprenticeships every two years, in accordance with its 5% Club commitment of ensuring 5% of the workforce are graduates, apprentices or sponsored students.
In addition, more than 90% of the workforce and supply chain to deliver the contract will be sourced locally.
Bath and North East Somerset Council cabinet member for transport and environment Councillor Mark Shelford said: “It is essential that all our critical services are delivered in an efficient and effective manner, and this contract allows the council to maintain and improve its highway network, keep traffic flowing and make sure residents are kept fully informed when road works are under way.
“VolkerHighways will be using the latest technologies to repair road surfaces and will be using operating systems that provide real-time information on repairs for greater efficiency.
“A new fleet will be made up of the latest low emission compliant vehicles, as part of our commitment to a cleaner and greener city.
“VolkerHighways shares the same values and vision as Bath and North East Somerset Council and I welcome this new contract.”
Image: VolkerHighways wins seven-year maintenance contract in UK. Photo: Courtesy of VolkerHighways.