Transport Scotland has opened the bidding for two roads maintenance contracts worth a combined £930m.
The client has published prior information notices (PIN) for the eight-year maintenance deals covering south-east and south-west regions of the Scottish trunk road network.
Both eight-year deals will be worth a total of £930m, but this could rise to as much as £1.4bn if Transport Scotland exercises its option to extend them to 12 years.
The contracts will commence in 2020 and cover maintenance and service duties including routine, winter and emergency maintenance, as well as renewal and improvement works.
Under the PIN notices issued on Public Contracts Scotland, the south-west region contract covering roads from Gretna Green in the south to Glasgow in the north has a value of £675m if taken to 12 years.
The south-east contract will cover the area from south of Langholm near the border to Dunfermline and has a maximum value of £720m over 12 years.
Transport Scotland is expected to issue PQQs for the contracts at the end of next month, with winning bidders expected to be announced in early 2020.
The south-east and south-west regions make up two of Transport Scotland’s four roads maintenance regions. The north-west and north-east deals are expected to go out to market in 2020.
Amey is the incumbent contractor for the south-east region, while Scotland Transerv – a Balfour Beatty / Mouchel JV – currently holds the the south-west region contract.
Scottish transport secretary for transport Michael Matheson said: “This latest generation of our operating company contracts will bring an improved level of service across 3,500 km of trunk road.
“The two contracts will run for a minimum eight years, directly supporting around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland.
“They will also contribute significantly to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.”