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Contractors fear delay on HA project

Bidders for a Highways Agency deal to look after roads across a swathe of the Midlands have been left wondering when the job will be awarded.

The problems affect the Highways Agency’s £310 million area 7 managing agent contract, which will involve looking after and upgrading roads in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

A project source said the agency was unhappy with the quality of two tenders and had asked for them to be resubmitted.

Up for the job, which is worth £62 million a year for five years, are Amey, A1 Plus (Costain, Halcrow and Colas), Accord Mouchel Parkman, Carillion/WSP and Skanska/Scott Wilson.

But a HA spokeswoman added: “We anticipate making an award later this year as programmed.”