£50m deal agreed to improve North Somerset's roads

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 April 2018

File photo dated 20/03/18 of a car passing a pothole, as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that a further £100 million will be spent on tackling potholes and repairing storm damage in England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 26, 2018. The move comes just days after a report found a fifth of local roads in England and Wales were in a poor condition and warned that councils faced a funding black hole to maintain carriageways. See PA story TRANSPORT Potholes. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

File photo dated 20/03/18 of a car passing a pothole, as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that a further £100 million will be spent on tackling potholes and repairing storm damage in England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 26, 2018. The move comes just days after a report found a fifth of local roads in England and Wales were in a poor condition and warned that councils faced a funding black hole to maintain carriageways. See PA story TRANSPORT Potholes. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A £50milllion road maintenance contract has been inked by North Somerset Council, promising to deliver a transport network which 'meets the needs of road users now and in the future'.

The council has agreed a five-year, multi-million-pound contract with Skanska to improve the condition of the district’s roads – delivering ‘the best possible value for money for council taxpayers’.

Skanska was the holder of the council’s previous road maintenance contract which concluded in March, and the new deal began at the start of the month.

To cut costs in securing the contract, North Somerset paid a one-off fee of £225,000 to Peterborough City Council to share its procurement process through an ‘innovative access arrangement’.

Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s executive member for highways, said: “Despite ongoing budget pressures, improving and maintaining North Somerset’s roads continues to be a high priority, and we are committed to investing in our roads.

“This innovative access arrangement allows us to continue our relationship with Skanska while making significant savings in the procurement and mobilisation costs associated with a contract of this size – ultimately securing the best possible value for money for council taxpayers.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Skanska, making real improvements in the overall condition of our roads and delivering a network that meets the needs of road users now and in the future.”

The contractor has been tasked with maintenance of road surfaces, verges and drainage, plus road marking.

Skanska will also provide emergency response and temporary traffic management services.

Simon White, Skanska’s operations director, said: “Winning this new contract is a great testament to the team’s hard work to deliver a high performance for the customer and ultimately benefits for the residents and road users that use this network.”

A survey by the Department for Transport in 2017 found just one per cent of North Somerset’s A roads were found to be in a condition where maintenance should be considered, ranking in the top 25 per cent of local authority areas.

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