£30m roads work contract awarded

A £30M per year contract to sort out West Sussex roads has been awarded.

WEST Sussex County Council has selected Balfour Beatty to deliver the 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. Based on existing budgets it 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.”

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