Improving road maintenance

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity, Michael Matheson

The preferred bidders for two improved road maintenance contracts in the south of Scotland, worth more than £1.4bn in total, have been named.

BEAR Scotland Ltd will take over the South East Unit and Amey OW Ltd will operate the South West unit. The new contracts will commence on 16th August 2020 and run for a minimum of eight years, with the option of an extension of up to four years.

The contracts are estimated to be worth up to £720m and £690m respectively and will be formally awarded following a ten day standstill period.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

“These new contracts will bring an improved level of service to the trunk road network in the south west and south east of Scotland.

“Road users can expect improved resilience measures aimed at ensuring consistent, predictable and reliable journeys. The new contracts also take into account the renewed focus on climate change and sustainability targets.

"The contracts will directly support around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland. They will also contribute significantly to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.

"I am confident these contracts will continue to deliver both a high quality and value for money trunk road maintenance service."

Published 4 Mar 2020