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Surrey seeks new road maintenance contractor

Surrey County Council has decided not to extend its current road maintenance contract with Carillion and Ringway beyond 2011 and has announced plans to procure new contractors.

Following a Cabinet decision yesterday, the council will be advertising a new contract for the Surrey Highways Partnership in Spring 2010.

The current contract has been in place since April 2003 and was extended in 2007 until March 2011 on the proviso that both Ringway and Carillion met tougher targets for cost and quality. 

Cabinet member for transport Ian Lake said: “It’s time for a fresh approach.  Our prime focus must always be to deliver the highest standard of service, whilst providing maximum value for money.  I am confident that we are now in an excellent position to seek a better, more competitive deal that will directly benefit our residents.

“I acknowledge there have been issues with this contract, but we have worked in partnership with Ringway and Carillion to learn the lessons and resolve issues where possible.  Good progress has been made to improve the standard of Surrey’s highways, and I know we share a continuing commitment to build on our recent successes until the contract expires in seventeen months.”

Surrey County Council is responsible for 3,000 miles of Surrey’s roads, which are used by more than 1.5 million drivers every day.