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Six road contractors will compete for £300m Warwickshire deal

Six major road contractors look set to fight it out over Warwickshire County Council’s next long-term highway maintenance contract, which has been valued at up to £300 million.

It is thought that Ringway, Balfour Beatty and Amey have submitted pre-qualification questionnaires for the contract, which will run from May 2011 for an initial five years, but could be extended by four years until 2020.

Incumbent contractor Carillion is also understood to be sizing up the job, as are Enterprise and Colas. The contract covers highway maintenance across the county and includes maintenance works for Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. It may also be used for the procurement of various works
by other local authorities within the West Midlands.

Atkins is thought to have expressed an interest, but one industry insider said that the work to be carried out was “too blue collar” for their capabilities.

Meanwhile May Gurney, which won Lincolnshire County Council’s £350m 10-year maintenance contract,
is said to have decided against bidding for the job.

One contractor source said: “They may just be tendering for other things. They have just taken on Lincolnshire, which they won from Ringway.

“They also lost West Sussex and some people are saying that they’re going to re-bid it.”

Last November West Sussex County Council announced it would not be extending its current maintenance contract - which started in July 2006 - with May Gurney beyond June 2011.

The next West Sussex contract is expected to come to the market soon, as is Surrey County Council’s
recently terminated equivalent.

Surrey County Council decided not to extend its road maintenance contracts with Carillion and Ringway - covering east and west Surrey respectively - beyond 2011 and has announced plans to procure a new contract for
work across the whole county this spring.

The current dual contract has been in place since April 2003 and was extended in 2007 until March 2011.
It is thought that Ringway will bid for the new Surrey contract but it is not known whether Carillion will also tender.