£335m Area 9 contract ready for summer procurement

Highways England is seeking a contractor for its Area 9 Maintenance and Response Contract, covering the West Midlands, which could be worth £335m over eight years.

The government-owned company has published a prior information notice (PIN) for the contract, with the contract notice itself expected at the end of June.

Area 9 includes Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.

Spaghetti Junction near Birmingham

According to the PIN, Highways England is looking for the suitable contractor 'to provide and undertake all routine and response maintenance, incident response, defect rectification and severe weather delivery on the all-purpose trunk roads and motorways’.

‘Additional duties will also include maintenance of roadside technology, the provision of traffic management for the contractor's maintenance and response activities (including traffic management) during incidents and where instructed by Highways England and the maintenance of depots.’

In July 2018, Highways England announced that it had given Kier Highways three-year extensions on its contracts covering Area 9 and Area 3, with a value of £750m or £250m a year.

The following year it said Progressive Asset Delivery model had been rolled out in the two regions, describing it as a ‘link’ between old style Asset Support contracts and its new Asset Delivery model.

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