West Sussex County Council has selected Balfour Beatty to deliver the £150m maintenance and improvement contract for the County’s highways.
The contract will start on July 1 and replaces a contract that has been carried out by May Gurney for the last five years.
The new five-year contract will cover the majority of the council’s work in maintaining and improving the highway and is estimated to be worth around £30m per annum.
Balfour Beatty has been appointed following a competitive tendering process, and will work with the County Council’s Highways service under the identity of ‘West Sussex Highways’.
Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of the County Council with responsibility for Highways and Transport said: “The County Council looks after 2,500 miles of public roads which people rely on every day so this is an important contract.
“We have been very impressed with Balfour Beatty’s approach. They have demonstrated a very good understanding of what we want to achieve with regard to maintaining and improving the roads, footways and other highway assets whilst delivering efficiencies, savings and an ambition to improve customer satisfaction.”
Terry Woodhouse, Managing Director, Local Authority Business, Balfour Beatty, said: “We are delighted to be selected as the highway maintenance partner for West Sussex County Council. The Authority has an excellent reputation for managing and maintaining its highway network, and delivering high quality customer services.
“We are extremely excited about working alongside the Council and are dedicated to delivering an effective, efficient, sustainable and customer focused highways service for the county.”
The contract will cover the majority of the County Council’s work in maintaining and improving the highway, with the exception of street lighting, traffic signal installation and maintenance and variable message signs.
The contract can be extended to seven years, subject to performance.