Highways England has awarded Amey a maintenance and response contract for the East Midlands that is expected to run for up to 15 years and be worth more than £300m.
It follows the award to Kier Highways earlier this month of a new five-year design services contract for the area, expected to be worth over £25m.
The contracts for Highways England’s Area 7 are the first to be awarded under the company's new arrangements, under which it is bringing key functions in-house ‘to take direct control of its road network’.
Amey will deliver routine highway maintenance services, repairs to defects, emergency incident response and severe weather services on the East Midlands network.
Amey's contract includes maintenance and repair services
Kier’s contract will include preparing technical designs and undertaking supporting work for capital projects from an initial scheme feasibility phase through to the as-built phase.
David Poole, director for commercial and procurement at Highways England, said: ‘The awarding of these two new contracts represents a significant milestone for Highways England, marking a real change in the way we have previously managed contracts.
‘Collaboration with our supply chain is key to our new way of working in the East Midlands and we are looking forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with the appointed contractors.’
Highways England will be awarding further contracts in the coming months for specialist goods and services. Suppliers will be appointed to the new framework for delivering construction works in late April.
All contracts will begin on 1 July 2016, once the current Managing Agent Contract with Aone+ has expired. Highways England said it will be working with the new contractors ‘to ensure that they are mobilised and ready to begin delivering key services’ from that date.