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Balfour Beatty beats Amey and Costain to £200m highways deal

Balfour Beatty Living Places has been named by Herefordshire County Council as preferred bidder on its 10-year £200m highways maintenance deal.

Amey LG Limited – which had been on the highways maintenance contract previously – was named as the reserve bidder, with Costain as second reserve bidder.

The council’s cabinet backed Balfour Beatty at a meeting yesterday.

The council’s director for places and communities Geoff Hughes said: “These are key frontline services and this procurement has sought commitments to ensure improvements and value for money, bring investment into the highways network, ensure services are responsive to the community and provide contribution to the regeneration of the economy and social capital in the county. 

“We are pleased we were able to stick to a very tight procurement timetable. We had a field of extremely strong bidders and we’re genuinely thankful for the hard work they’ve put in to this process.

“I’d like to thank the bidders for their courteous, prompt and productive way they have all participated. I am confident that the resulting contract will achieve savings and help the council balance its budgets in the coming years.”

The cabinet agreed to start the process last July to re-procure the services, which include highways maintenance and improvement, street lighting, traffic signals, street cleaning, parks and public rights of way, fleet maintenance and professional consultancy services.

The final contract award is set to be made in early July, with the new arrangements beginning 1 September.

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