Balfour Beatty lands £103m highways contract for Telford and Wrekin

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The construction and infrastructure experts announced a seven year, £103 million contract by Telford and Wrekin Council to maintain the borough’s highway assets

Working with the council, Balfour Beatty will maintain 626 miles of highways and 743 miles of footpaths, provide drainage cleansing services as well as winter gritting and reactive highways maintenance as required.

Steve Helliwell, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Telford and Wrekin Council; it builds on our trusted expertise in highways services.

“We look forward to working closely with the Council and the local community to deliver tangible improvements across the Borough.”

Balfour has been enlisted into the project to save the council an estimated £200,000 a year through an enhanced management of services.

In addition, the company will also work with the council to deliver a £20 million capital investment programme to improve roads, paths and highways structures. This will be delivered over the first two years of the contract.

The award recognises Balfour Beatty Living Places’ expertise in delivering highways maintenance services and providing customer-focused innovation in day-to-day operations, such as sharing real-time online information to improve road users’ interaction with roadworks and minimise any disruption to the travelling public.

Councilor Hilda Rhodes, Cabinet Member for Transport, Roads and Broadband, added: “This is a key contract for the Council at a time when we are investing very heavily in improving roads and footpaths across the Borough through our £45 million Pride in Our Community programme.

“The savings from the contract will have no effect on the major capital investment that we are making between now and April 2021 targeting roads in particular.”

Due to begin in April 2019, the works will employ approximately 46 full-time employees, including four apprentices and graduates.

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