Highways England signs deal to help improve motorway journeys
Highways England has signed a deal with contractors across the country to enable the company to respond more quickly when motorways and major A roads need to be resurfaced.
With research showing road surface quality continues to be an area of concern with drivers, Highways England is committed to improving journeys. The company has signed up 11 firms who can be called upon when there is a need to resurface roads. The deal could see the company spend up to £3.3bn if it was required.
The framework is broken down into 6 geographical areas with two lots per area:
- Major work – where the value of resurfacing element of a scheme is in excess of £1m; and
- Renewal work – where the value of resurfacing element of a scheme is estimated at under £1m).
A total of 11 companies have been appointed on the framework, with four suppliers allocated to each geographical area.
Number of miles resurfaced (by lane):
Total = 4,424.9 miles
The suppliers who have successfully been appointed to the framework are:
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, Breedon Bow Highways, Cemex Construction Services, Colas Ltd, Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd, FM Conway, Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, Hanson Contracting, Huyton Asphalt Ltd, Tarmac Trading Ltd and Toppesfield Ltd.
Highways England’s Executive Director of Operations Nick Harris said:
“We know that drivers want and deserve good quality, safe roads which is why since 2015 when Highways England was created we have replaced more than 4,400 miles of road surface.
“This new arrangement will help us tackle uneven road surfaces faster, in a more cost effective and efficient way – keeping journeys safer and offering smoother journeys for the millions of drivers who use our roads every day.”
It means that, over the next 4 years, Highways England can award contracts to address poor road surfaces across England’s motorway and major A roads without having to go through lengthy bidding processes to get the work done.
The framework arrangement also enables local authorities to utilise the services of the contractors, facilitating greater collaboration.