Amey wins Forth bridges contract

Highways Reporters

Amey has secured a contract worth between £40-60 million to operate two major river crossings in the East of Scotland.

Transport Scotland has commissioned Amey to manage and maintain the Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry crossing (which is currently under construction), as well as the associated approach roads. The contract is estimated to be worth between £40–£60m over five years, commencing June 2015, with the option of up to five years of extensions.

Amey will deliver a range of services including engineering design, routine and winter maintenance and incident response to improve network reliability and journey times, supporting local employment, business, leisure and tourism.

Mel Ewell, chief executive of Amey, said: “Transport Scotland is already a key client of ours and we look forward to building on our existing partnership to drive further community benefits and efficiencies together through this new contract.

“By using our asset management and engineering expertise we will ensure these iconic structures continue to play a pivotal role in Scotland’s road network and help keep Scotland moving.”

Newly appointed Transport Minister Derek Mackay added:“Amey’s own strong commitment to engineering skills, staff training, and employee retention, all part of its integrated business model, was identified as significant during the tender process.

This latest contract award means that Amey manages and maintains every vehicle crossing of the Forth River, including the Kincardine and Clackmannanshire bridges and, indeed, through their examinations contract with Network Rail the company inspects and reports on the asset condition of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Amey will take over the contract from the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA).

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