Buckinghamshire Council announces new partner to continue programme of highways improvements

Buckinghamshire Council has announced that Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded the future Term Maintenance Contract to look after the county’s highway network.

Balfour Beatty Living Places will take on the multi-million-pound contract on 1 April 2023 when the council’s current agreement with Ringway Jacobs, working under the Transport for Buckinghamshire umbrella, comes to an end.

The new contractor will work closely with the council and alongside newly appointed design contractors, who will be announced later this year, to deliver the ongoing programme of maintenance, investment and improvement to the county’s 5,000km of roads, carriageways, footpaths and cycle routes.

Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “We are pleased to announce that, after a rigorous selection process, Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded this maintenance contract.

“We are determined that this partnership will provide a new model of highways services that achieves our aspirations for a faster and more responsive service for the needs of residents and road users in Buckinghamshire.

“Balfour Beatty Living Places has an excellent track record of managing contracts of this nature and we are keen to embrace their expertise and experience, whilst realising their delivery of innovation and quality onto our network.”

The council’s current contractor, Ringway Jacobs, will continue to deliver highways services, making use of its knowledge and experience gained through 13 years of working on the county’s highways, under the Transport for Buckinghamshire contract, until the end of March 2023. It will play a key role in ensuring the effective transfer of services to the new arrangements.

Steven Broadbent continued: “We know how important the condition of our roads and footpaths is for local residents and this new contract will allow us to deliver on our ambitious, long-term programme of investment. We are focused on channelling our resources into making lasting improvements, whilst at the same time standing by our commitment to cut our carbon emissions and take the lead in adopting new and innovative techniques that achieve value for money.”

Steve Helliwell, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places, said: “Today’s announcement builds on our longstanding expertise and commitment to providing best-in-class highways maintenance services, whilst offering customer-focused solutions in a collaborative partnership.

“Wherever we operate, we go above and beyond for our customers with an unrelenting focus on leaving a lasting positive legacy for the communities we serve; working with local supply chain partners whilst also creating numerous apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.”

In addition to maintaining Buckinghamshire’s highways network, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the upkeep of street lighting, traffic signals, gullies and drainage, and winter maintenance services including gritting. The new contract will run for an initial eight year period with the option to extend for a further four years.

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