Transport Scotland has today awarded two trunk road maintenance contracts, worth an estimated £230 million total, following a successful bid to have a court suspension lifted.
BEAR Scotland and Scotland Transerv have been awarded these contracts for the North west and South West Units respectively.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“These contracts, worth a combined £230 million, will directly support around 500 operational and professional jobs in Scotland. They will also contribute significantly to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.
“The lifting of the suspension has allowed us to award these contracts which means the mobilisation period can commence immediately and enables us to move towards a formal Commencement of Service date of 1 April 2013.
"We are confident these bids will continue to deliver both a high quality and value for money trunk road maintenance service. Procurement for the East contracts got underway last Friday (23 November) and we look forward to receiving keen interest from the market.”
Brian Gordon, Managing Director of BEAR Scotland said:
“The outcome of the legal proceedings means that we are now able to get our mobilisation programme underway so that we have the people, supply chain, infrastructure and necessary plant in place to take on responsibility for managing and maintaining the trunk road network in the North West of Scotland on the 1 April 2013.”
Norrie Westbrook, Scotland TranServ Joint Venture Board Director, said:
“Scotland TranServ is committed to ensuring the mobilisation period is handled in a timely and professional manner. We will work closely with the current operating company until the hand over date to ensure a seamless transfer for staff and the travelling public.”
The contracts are being awarded following a rigorous assessment and tendering process that sought best value for the public purse while ensuring high quality delivery.
These contracts for the west, which run for five years with scope for extending for a further five years, will bring improvements to the delivery of trunk road maintenance in Scotland.
Both Operating Companies will be responsible within their Unit for inspecting the trunk roads to ensure the routes remain safe and well maintained. General maintenance activities such as salting and snow clearing; grass cutting and weed control; gully cleaning and the repair of street lighting and traffic signals will also come under their remit.
These contracts come into effect from 1 April 2013 with BEAR and Transerv beginning their mobilisation period immediately to ensure a smooth handover.