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Amey set for potential £1.6bn Staffordshire deal

Amey has been announced as the preferred bidder for a potential £1.6bn new contract with Staffordshire County Council.

The deal would see Amey manage the county’s highways, but also be involved in other services for local authorities as part of the deal.

The news comes after Amey was awarded a £120m contract with Western Power Distribution in December 2013, and a £24m contract with the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust in January 2014.

The unique partnership will be worth £80m a year, and would initially run for a 10 year period, but could be extended for a further 10, giving it a potential value of £1.6bn.

Amey has previously worked with Staffordshire County Council on highway maintenance since 1998.

Amey’s chief executive, Mel Ewell said: “We are delighted to have been announced as the preferred bidder for this pioneering partnership with Staffordshire County Council.”

“This is a unique opportunity to work with a progressive council to develop a relationship that will enhance services for the people of Staffordshire. We will place a strong focus on supporting and investing in the local community for many years to come, to promote prosperity and skills across the county,” Mr Ewell said.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, Mark Winnington, said: “Keeping our roads well maintained and investing in highways improvements underpins our ambitions to deliver jobs, growth and a truly connected county.”

“This is a huge opportunity to deliver a better deal for the council, the county and the people of Staffordshire and achieve even better value for money at the same time.”

“We are convinced Amey can deliver top quality services and have been hugely impressed with their innovative partnership approach, commitment to apprenticeships and training and willingness to really involve local communities,” Mr Winnington said.

There will now be a period of discussion to confirm contractual agreements between the two parties, and the contract will be formally awarded later this year.

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