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£200m boost for Scottish roads maintenance funding

Three contractor teams stand to benefit from almost £200m of roads maintenance funding across Scotland over the next 12 months.

The Scottish Government said its budget in this area would rise from £165m in 2016/17 to “more than £199m” in 2017/18.

Works will be carried out by three teams: Bear Scotland; Amey; and a Balfour Beatty / Mouchel JV known as Scotland Transerv.

Bear Scotland won contracts worth £108m for works in the north-west and north-east of Scotland in April 2013 and August 2014 respectively.

Amey scooped works in the south-east in August 2014 and a contract to maintain the Forth Bridge crossings, worth £60m, in June 2015.

Scotland TranServ landed a £122m contract to deliver works in the south-west in April 2013.

It is expected that Kincardine Bridge will be resurfaced and made waterproof under the new funding, and Cromarty Bridge will be refurbished.

Cable investigations on the Forth Road Bridge are expected to be delivered as well.

Schemes including the maintenance of the M90 at Kinross and A82 at Altrua will be brought forward.

The overall investment in Scotland’s trunk roads and motorways – including major projects – will rise to £997m for 2017/18.

Finance secretary Derek MacKay said: “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that the trunk road network remains safe and efficient to support our economy.

“This additional investment in trunk road maintenance helps us realise our strategic aims and brings economic benefits. It supports jobs and will also improve the infrastructure of our public services for years to come.”

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