The Highways Agency has progressed work worth around £1.4bn after it awarded one deal and shortlisted firms for two asset support contracts.
Mouchel’s highways business, EM Highway Services, has won a £599m deal with the agency to maintain major roads in the West Midlands.
The area 9 asset support contract, runs for five years from July 2014 and covers more than 450 miles of major roads including the M5, M6, M40 and the M42.
EM Highway Services, previously called EnterpriseMouchel Ltd, was a joint venture between Mouchel and Enterprise. Mouchel bought Enterprise’s stake in February last year after Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial acquired Enterprise.
The Highways Agency has also shortlisted a total of seven firms to tender for its £350m area 4 and £475m area 12 contracts.
Amey Highways Ltd, Aone+ Integrated Highways Services (a Halcrow, Colas and Costain venture), Atkins Skanska JV, Carillion Construction and EM Highway Services Ltd were invited to tender for both deals.
Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald was shortlisted for the area 4 deal and BAM URS was asked to tender for area 12.
The shortlisted firms will return tenders in the spring, winners are likely to be selected later in the year and the firms will take possession of the roads in July 2015 after a mobilisation period.
The deals last five years with the option to extend them by two years. The area 4 contract is estimated to be worth £55m to £70m per year, and area 12 at £85m to £95m per year.
Area 4 covers 451km of roads in Kent, Sussex and small parts of Surrey and Hampshire, including the M23, M20, M2 and many trunk roads including A27, A21 and A2 plus 497 bridges or culverts and two tunnels.
Area 12 is made up of 326 miles of motorway and trunk roads and over 1300 structures, such as bridges and gantries, throughout Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.