SIX FIRMS are gearing up for a £25 million highways maintenance deal in Wiltshire.
Fam iliar faces R ingway, Raynesway, May Gurney, Carillion, Alfred McAlpine and Accord are chasing the contract for Wiltshire County Council.
One bidder admitted: 'There are no real surprises here. We all go for this sort of work all the time.' The deal will cover all smaller roads in the area stretching across the county from Salisbury to Trowbridge.
The successful firm will carry out routine maintenance works on the roads for a period of five years, with a possible extension of a fur ther f ive years.
The length of roads covered in the scheme will be approximately 4,200 km of mostly A and B roads.
It is expected the council will whittle down the six rivals to two in the next few weeks.
This pair will then go head to head for the deal, with a winner due to be named by the council in December.
A council spokesman said.
'Wiltshire is a fairly rural county and has a great deal of smaller B roads that need to be maintained. We are hoping to award this contract as soon as possible so we can get on with the maintenance work that needs doing.' Work will include h ighway resurfacing, emergency and weather services improvements, road markings, structural maintenance and traffic management measures.
The scheme will also include cycle and sign maintenance, building new fences and barriers as well as associated landscaping.