Preferred bidders named for lucrative road contracts

Michael Matheson

TRANSPORT Scotland has revealed the preferred bidders for two improved road maintenance contracts in the south of Scotland worth more than £1.4 billion in total.

BEAR Scotland Ltd will take over the South East Unit and Amey OW Ltd will operate the South West unit. The contracts start in August and will run for a minimum of eight years, with the option of an extension of up to four years.

The contracts are estimated to be worth up to £720 million and £690 million respectively and will be formally awarded following a ten day standstill period.

Transport secretary Michael Matheson said, “These new contracts will bring an improved level of service to the trunk road network in the south west and south east of Scotland. Road users can expect improved resilience measures aimed at ensuring consistent, predictable and reliable journeys. The new contracts also take into account the renewed focus on climate change and sustainability targets.

“The contracts will directly support around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland. They will also contribute significantly to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis. I am confident these contracts will continue to deliver both a high quality and value for money trunk road maintenance service.”