FIVE firms are gearing up for a £30 million highways maintenance deal in southern England.
Incumbent firm Ringway is up against Raynesway, Colas, Fitzpatrick and Accord for the 10-year deal from West Berkshire Council.
One source said: 'It's the same names in the frame but I think Ringway is hoping its relationship with the council will be the difference.' The work will include road surfacing, carriageway maintenance, road works and minor works across the county. The deal is valued at £3 million a year.
Tenders are due to be returned on March 17 and a contract award is expected in early summer.
Ringway recently celebrated winning a lucrative £400 million road maintenance deal for Kent County Council, beating Amey, Carillion and Raynesway to secure the contract last month.