The UK infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty has won a £103m highways contract which will see the firm tasked with maintaining 626 miles of highways and 743 miles of footpaths.
The deal has been awarded by Telford and Wrekin Council, which is expecting to save approximately £200,000 a year as a result of the enhanced management of services and assets with the firm providing drainage cleansing services as well as winter gritting and reactive highways maintenance as required.
Over the first two years of the contract, Balfour will also work closely with Telford and Wrekin Council to help deliver their £20 million capital investment programme of planned highways and transport projects to improve roads, paths and highways structures.
The award recognises Balfour Beatty Living Places’ expertise in delivering highways maintenance services and providing customer-focused innovation in day-to-day operations, such as sharing real-time online information to improve road users’ interaction with roadworks and minimise any disruption to the travelling public.
Steve Helliwell, managing director of Balfour Beatty Living Places, 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.”
Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for Transport, Roads and Broadband, added: “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 £45m 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.”
Work is due to commence in April 2019 and will employ a workforce of approximately 46 full-time employees, including four apprentices and graduates, while there is an option to extend the contract for a further seven years.