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Contractors vie for five-year West Sussex deal

At least five firms will compete for the £315 million contract to carry out maintenance across West Sussex County Council’s road network.

It is understood that Enterprise, Balfour Beatty and Ringway have all submitted pre-qualification questionnaires for the deal. Costain and Amey are also believed to have thrown their hats in the ring for the five-year contract, which could be extended by two further years.

It is unclear whether incumbent May Gurney will bid having missed out on a five-year extension to its current five-year contract, which is set to expire in June 2011.
In July this year, a council report stated it had decided not to extend May Gurney’s contract, which began in July 2006, citing “concerns about cost effectiveness
and performance”.

West Sussex County Council will now draw up a shortlist of between three and six firms that will be invited to tender. Over the course of the contract, the selected contractor will carry out road and bridge maintenance, winter maintenance, and capital schemes worth up to £500,000.

The scope of works under the deal may also include maintenance and renewal of traffic lights, car parks and public rights of way, as well as verge and civil structure maintenance. Funding for this work will be subject to future local government budget settlements, performance and service planning. The minimum value given
for the contract over its lifespan is £280m.

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