BEAR Scotland begins £720m south east contract

RESPONSIBILITY for managing and maintaining 314 miles of trunk roads in the south east of Scotland has officially been transferred to BEAR Scotland.

In March, Transport Scotland appointed BEAR Scotland as operating company for the new Scottish Trunk Road Management Contract for the south east unit until at least 2028. The contract is estimated to be valued at £720 million.

The south east unit now includes the Forth Road Bridge for the first time and the Queensferry Crossing – with both bridges previously part of a separate maintenance contract.

Iain Murray, managing director of BEAR Scotland, said, “Our long-standing experience in trunk road maintenance across Scotland and the expertise of our dedicated South East team will ensure we deliver and develop a high-level service which focuses on customer care for the people and organisations that rely on trunk roads in South East Scotland for years to come.

“It’s a very exciting time for the company and I look forward to seeing the next chapter unfold as we work hard to enhance our sustainable service offering.”