Amey welcomes 250 new recruits as Scottish south west contract gets underway

AMEY has recruited 250 new employees as its contract to inspect, maintain and improve the motorways and trunk roads across the south west of Scotland begins.

The business will be responsible for all cyclical and reactive maintenance across the network, as well as delivering winter maintenance. Amey said data will be ‘key’ to providing these services, and a new asset management approach will be used to make informed decisions.

Part of the contract, awarded by Transport Scotland, will see Amey manage the Trunk Road Incident Support Service (TRISS). Amey said an increase in its teams patrolling the network will assist road users who experience difficulties.

Amey’s bridge engineers will also be maintaining major infrastructure assets such as the Erskine and Kingston bridges on the 600 kilometres of road network under the new Network Management Contract.

Peter Anderson, MD for transport infrastructure said, “I’m delighted today to welcome over 250 employees to Amey who have started work on our new south west network management contract in Scotland. Following a unique five-month mobilisation through Covid-19, today marks day one for the contract, which will see our dedicated team of engineers spend the next eight years developing the service through the introduction of new technology, developing our people and looking at ways to work more efficiently and safely.

“We’ll also be doing more to listen to the needs of the road users to work with Transport Scotland to make decisions based on data and customer insight. I’m looking forward to continuing our relationship with Transport Scotland to support local growth, economic development and provide a more sustainable service across the south west region.”

Amey has worked with Transport Scotland since 2001, looking after the south east and south west network, as well as the Forth Road Bridge. The new network management contract will see Amey manage the £400 million contract for a minimum of eight years, with the options of a four-year extension, with a total contract value of £690 million.