Highways England awards new contract to revamp roads in Kent and Sussex
Highways England has awarded a multi-million-pound contract to help maintain a safe, reliable and resilient road network for drivers in Kent and Sussex.
The contract, which starts on 2 November 2020, will see Kier Highways carrying out routine maintenance, repairing defects, responding to emergency incidents and providing severe weather services on some of the South East’s busiest routes, including the M2, M20, M23, A2, A20 and A259.
The contract is worth up to £160 million and is set to run for up to eight years.
Nicola Bell, Highways England regional operations director, said:
“Our roads are among the safest in the world and partnerships like this will help maintain high standards. By working more closely with our supply chain who carry out maintenance and respond to incidents, we will be able to work more effectively, identify innovative ways of working and provide the best possible quality of service to road users.
“We’re delighted to welcome Kier Highways to our South East community and look forward to building a successful, long-term relationship with them, driving improvement and strengthening our regional expertise together.”
Joe Incutti, group managing director for Kier Highways, said:
“I am delighted that Kier has been awarded the Highways England Area 4 Maintenance and Response Contract, enabling it to continue to work with Highways England in the second Roads Investment Period, which is scheduled to end in 2025.
“This eight-year contract commencing in November 2020 adds to Kier Highways t capacity and capability across the South of England, where it will now work in a number of areas stretching from Cornwall through to Kent. We are looking forward to warmly welcoming our new colleagues into Kier and working with Highways England to strive for the continuous improvement of safety practices, strong delivery performance and great customer service in the area.”
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