Forth bridges bidders named

Three organisations have prequalified for the next stage of the Forth Bridges Operating Contract tendering process.

They are:

  • Amey LG Ltd;
  • Ringway-Jacobs-Cofiroute (a consortia of Cofiroute SA, Jacobs UK Ltd and Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd); and
  • Scotland TranServ (a consortia of Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd and Mouchel Limited).

The next stage of the tendering process is a competitive dialogue process to seek best value for the public purse and ensure high quality delivery. The contract, will run for five years with scope for extending for a further five years and the successful bidder is expected to be announced in November 2014.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“The Forth Bridges Operating Company is due to commence work in June 2015. This stage is an important step in the process to award the right to operate this prestigious contract worth between £40 million to £60 million over five years.

“The Forth Bridges are a vital part of the connectivity of the Trunk Road Network, and in ensuring ongoing sustainable economic growth in Scotland. The contract includes protection of terms and conditions for all existing staff, and will seek to ensure opportunities for apprenticeships in the local community.”

The Forth Bridges Operating Contract (FBOC) will provide an operating company responsible for inspecting and maintaining both the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing and the adjacent road network.

Notes to editors

  • The Forth Road Bridge Bill became an Act of the Scottish Parliament in June 2013
  • A Prior Information Notice for the Forth Bridge Operating Company Contract was issued on 3rd June 2013
  • A Supplier Information Day was held in June 2013 following publication of the OJEU notice in July
  • The contract is worth between £40 million to £60 million over 5 years, with the prospect to extend thereafter dependent on successful standards being met
  • FETA currently employ some 70 staff. The Operating Company is expected to increase this by about 20 once the new crossing opens by the end of 2016.


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Published 19 Nov 2013