'Fewer potholes' pledge as £20m/year Somerset roads deal is
potholes in roads in the Burnham-On-Sea are one of the goals of
a new multi-million pound highways contract in Somerset which was
signed on Wednesday (January 18th).
County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance
in the county which will run from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2024,
with the option to extend for a further three years based on performance.
maintenance covers everything from resurfacing and filling potholes
to responding to emergencies and gritting roads.
part of the winning bid, Skanska will be working with the County
Council to deliver a number of benefits, ranging from visiting local
schools to helping the County Council secure maximum funding from
says it is committed to reducing the number of potholes through
preventative work such as drainage improvements and resurfacing;
making sure supply chain spend remains in local communities by supporting
suitable local businesses wherever possible; and boosting customer
satisfaction by providing a more responsive service.
contractor will also identify further savings and apply industry
best-practice to ensure the contract offers the best possible deal
David Fothergill, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
for Highways, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The signing of a new
Term Maintenance Contract may not sound very exciting, but it covers
a lot of services which we know are very important to people."
great news that weve been able to secure a value for money
deal with several enhancements. One of the goals which I know will
be popular includes a commitment to reducing the number of potholes
over the life of the contract. Well also be looking to improve
customer satisfaction and make sure that at least 85 per cent of
the supply chain spend stays in the local community."
proud of the work already being carried out with Skanska but are
already working hard to do even better once the new contract begins
White, Operations Director for Skanska, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are delighted to continue our delivery of highways maintenance
services for Somerset County Council. This long-term partnership
enables us to deliver a responsive and high-quality highways maintenance
service for communities and road users across Somerset."
our locally based teams and suppliers, combined with innovative
solutions from across our business, we will help maintain and improve
roads across the county."
was awarded the contract following an extensive procurement process
which was carried out jointly with Devon and Plymouth Councils to
ensure competitiveness and to put in place opportunities for future
Somerset, the exact value of the contract will vary depending on
how much work is ordered and carried out, although it is likely
to be in the region of £20m per year.