Kier Highways appointed to deliver £190m Area 3 Maintenance & Response contract by Highways England
Kier Highways has been appointed to deliver the £190m Area 3 maintenance and response (M&R) contract by Highways England. The contract will run for eight-years to October 2029.
The contract which begins on 1 November 2021 comprises the maintenance and operational response for the strategic road network, including technology assets, in Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and parts of Buckinghamshire.
Kier has delivered Highway Maintenance for Highways England in Area 3 contract since 2008 and the network includes 237km of motorway on the M27, M3, M4 and , and 259km of trunk road (equating to 2,908 lane km in total), around 740 bridges, and the longest non-estuarial road tunnel in the UK – the Hindhead Tunnel at 1.83km long which was the first tunnel in the UK to use radar-based incident detection.
Joe Incutti, Group managing director at Kier Highways, said: “We are delighted that we have been appointed to deliver the Highways England Area 3 maintenance and response contract. This is a significant part of the strategic road network and our established team has accumulated a huge amount of knowledge and expertise since we were appointed in 2008.
“This experience will benefit us as we move onto the contract where our focus will be on supporting safe and efficient roads, as well as using the latest techniques to drive innovation and positive environmental and social impact. We look forward to continuing our work with Highways England in this Area.”
The Area 3 contract responsibilities will include all cyclical and routine maintenance, incident response, defect rectification and severe weather delivery on the all-purpose trunk roads and motorways within the Area. It will also include the maintenance of roadside technology, the provision of traffic management for the contractor’s maintenance and incident response activities.
Nicola Bell, Highways England regional operations director, said: “Our roads are among the safest in the world and partnerships like this will help to maintain the high standards that we set ourselves and our partners. By working more closely with our supply chain partners on routine maintenance, repairs and incident response, we will be able to work more effectively, identifying innovative ways of working and provide the best possible quality of service to road users.
“We’re delighted that Kier Highways has been awarded this contract and look forward to building on the relationship we already have with them, driving improvement and strengthening our regional expertise.”