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Agency chooses northern road repair winners

CONTRACTS HIGHWAYS

THE EIGHT-firm fight for the lucrative Area 13 and 14 road maintenance contract is over, with four winners sharing the spoils.

Skanska, RMC, Colas and Mowlem have been chosen by the Highways Agency to carry out the work on the combined deal worth £150 million in total.

The contract will last for four years with the option to extend by a further three years. Costain, Carillion, Jarvis and Penrith contractor Cumbrian missed out.

The work will cover Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria and parts of Lancashire and the winners will carry out work with values of between £250,000 and £5 million.

Projects include major maintenance, carriageway repairs and surfacing, as well as junction and slip road improvements.

There will also be bridge repair work, concrete repair and edge beam strengthening.

Eight further teams continue to go head to head for a second Highways Agency project - Area 12 - which covers Yorkshire and East Riding.

Tarmac, Birse, Aggregate Industries, Interserve, May Gurney/Lafarge, Balfour Beatty, Nuttall and Ringway are all chasing the £150 million job. A decision on the four winners is expected this month. Each deal will last five years with an option to extend by two years.