Amey 'confident' for Area 12 mobilisation

08/06/2021
Chris Ames

Amey welcomed more than 130 new employees on Monday (7 June) as its Maintenance and Response (M&R) contract for Highways England’s Area 12 went live.

The eight-year contract, worth £22.5m annually, was awarded to the firm last December and will see Amey responsible for the network covering Yorkshire and Humberside, providing all routine and cyclic maintenance on the trunk roads and motorway network.

Amey will be responsible for incident management, defect rectification and responding to severe weather and will oversee traffic management during incidents and the operation of the 10 maintenance depots in the region.

The firm said the contract builds on its work with Highways England, which includes M&R contracts for areas 7 and 10, the Avonmouth and Severn Bridges, a Specialist Bridge Inspection and Maintenance contract, Amey Consulting’s design contracts and A66, as well as larger design and build contracts with partner Sir Robert McAlpine and a facilities management contract to provide facilities and asset management across Highways England’s operational estate.

Junction 26 of the M62 in West Yorkshire

Andy Denman, sector director for highways at Amey, said: ‘I’m looking forward to working alongside the team and collaboratively with Highways England, building on the experience we’ve gained through our Area 7 and Area 10 contracts.

‘Covid has made the mobilisation on this contract challenging, but I’m confident that we have all the processes in place to deliver the service effectively, efficiently and more importantly, safely from day one.’

Simon Boyle, head of service delivery for Highways England’s Yorkshire and North East region, said: ‘Highways England already has a great relationship with Amey thanks to the collaborative work we do with them in other parts of the country.

‘We look forward to working with them to ensure a well-managed and well-maintained strategic road network for the benefit of all our customers.’

Area 12 covers 1,650km of motorway, 476km of dual carriageway, 179km of single carriageway and 1,963 structures.

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