Lincolnshire

£762m highways contracts linked to 250 jobs go to new providers

Three contractors have been recommended to carry out highways maintenance contracts worth £762 million over a potential 12 years in Lincolnshire.

Around 250 provider staff will be affected by the changes, who the county council said are expected to transfer to the new suppliers.

Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, Colas Ltd and WSP UK Ltd are in the shortlist for the contracts take-over from April 1, 2020.

The authority’s three current successful highways maintenance contracts are due to end in March 2020, having reached their maximum 10 year length.

Balfour Beatty Group Ltd has been recommended for the main highways works contract, worth an estimated £638 million. They will be responsible for the majority of road repairs, including fixing potholes, winter maintenance, signs, road markings and cutting grass verges.

Colas Ltd has been recommended for the traffic signal contract, worth an estimated £26 million, and WSP UK Ltd has been recommended for the professional design services contract, worth an estimated £98 million.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It was important to get the best possible deal for taxpayers, so we’ve put a lot of time and care into these negotiations.

“The new contracts will see significant investment in improved equipment and new technology at highways depots around the county, which will mean better road repairs going forward.

“The companies have also shown a willingness to use local suppliers and take on apprentices, meaning there will be wider benefits for our communities.

“I feel confident the executive will be able to award a contract at our meeting on 1 October, which would mean Balfour Beatty, Colas and WSP can start preparing for the start of the new contracts on 1 April 2020.”

“I would like to thank our current partners for their efforts in delivering highways services for the people of Lincolnshire over the past 10 years and look forward to seeing how the new contracts develop.”

Each contract will initially run for six years, with the option to extend for a further six years after that.

The council’s executive members will decide whether to award the contracts at their meeting on Tuesday 1 October.