New £350m Highways England contract up and pumping


A five-year maintenance and response contract worth up to £70m a year under Highways England’s new delivery arrangements in Kent and Sussex has started.

Last month, A-one+ began delivering routine highway maintenance services, emergency incident response and severe weather services, as well as renewal and small-scale improvement projects, on roads in the southern counties.

Highways England said the new arrangement would be worth between £55m and £70m annually and ‘will focus more on long-term effective maintenance and development of the highways assets’.

The new contract includes roads linking to Dover

Its divisional director for the south east, Simon Jones, said: ‘This new contract allows us to build upon our commitments to our customers in Kent and Sussex.

'We want to ensure that safety remains our top priority, that we keep our network in a good, safe and reliable condition, and to put our customers at the heart of our work. I am looking forward to working with A-one+ in providing a first class service.’

The Government-owned company said the contract ‘will provide a platform to drive innovation, efficiencies and savings, such as requiring the company to combine routine maintenance works with projects to minimise the impact on the travelling public and deliver better value for money’.

It said it had already got off to a successful start last month when collaboration between A-one+ and Sussex Police meant that work to pump out floodwater on the A27 in Worthing was carried out at the same time as allowing pre-planned roadworks to maintain the lighting.

The contract covers a total route length of 280 miles and has 845 structures, including 497 bridges or large culverts and two tunnels.

The roads covered include the A21, M2 and M20 in Kent as well as the A23, A27 and M23 in Sussex.

A-one+ is a shared joint venture between CH2M, Colas and Costain, working within an integrated team structure.

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