TWO companies have signed contracts worth a total of £230m to maintain Scotland’s motorways and A-roads for the next five years.
Transport Scotland’s 4th Generation (4G) contracts will see BEAR Scotland and Scotland Transerv look after maintenance in the north west and south west areas respectively. The deals, which have scope to be extended for a further five years, will improve trunk road maintenance including improved winter operations.
Procurement is also underway for similar contracts in the East and those are expected to begin in April 2014.
Brian Gordon, BEAR’s managing director, said: “We are looking forward to taking on responsibility for managing and maintaining the trunk roads in the North West of Scotland again. We are committed to delivering a high quality service and have the experienced team, supply chain infrastructure and plant in place and ready to go.”
Russell Rennie, contracts director with Scotland TranServ, added: “Our primary focus will be on safe journeys in all seasons, journey reliability and the safety of our workforce. We will be employing high-calibre people and organisations, most of whom are located in the central belt. We will also continue to invest in the latest technology ensuring the network is well maintained and managed.”
Both operating companies will be responsible for inspecting the trunk roads to ensure routes remain safe and well maintained.