Amey makes friends in the north with £180m Area 12 deal

01/12/2020
Chris Ames

Amey has scooped the Area 12 Maintenance and Response contract for Highways England, worth an estimated £180m.

The eight-year asset delivery contract begins in June next year 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.

It will also be responsible for incident management, defect rectification and responding to severe weather, as well as the operation of the region’s 10 maintenance depots.

Richard Marshall, Highways England regional director for Yorkshire and the North East, said: ‘By strengthening our ties with the supply chain who carry out maintenance and respond to incidents we can work more effectively, identify innovative ways of working and provide drivers with the best possible quality of service.

‘We’re delighted to welcome Amey to our Yorkshire asset delivery community. We already have a good relationship with them thanks to our partnership work in other regions, and this latest collaboration can only enhance our regional expertise.’

Peter Anderson, managing director of transport infrastructure at Amey, said: ‘Over the coming months, my team and I are looking forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Highways England, building on experience from our successful Area 7 and Area 10 M&R contracts and our North East Regional Technology Maintenance contract, to deliver the services effectively and efficiently with the highest levels of safety and ensuring customer focussed outcomes on Area 12.’

Amey said it will ensure that 85% of any new recruits to the contract will be from Yorkshire and Humberside, as well as ensuing that 5% of its workforce are apprentices or graduates.

The network covered by the contract includes 1,650km of motorway, 476km of dual carriageway, 179km of single carriageway and 1,963 structures.

The announcement comes as Amey goes live with the Specialist Bridge Inspection and Maintenance contact, covering the the Avonmouth and Severn Bridges, which Amey secured in August.

Its owner Ferrovial has put Amey up for sale.

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