Amey wins two-year extension in Kent

28/11/2018
Dominic Browne

Amey has secured a two-year contract extension with Kent County Council to maintain the highways portfolio until 2020.

The contract will be worth more than £35m a year and comes on the back of a seven-year partnership between the client and highways company.

James Haluch, managing director of Amey’s highways business, said: 'This two-year extension shows the confidence and trust that Kent County Council have in Amey to deliver excellent service. The additional extension will enable us to further strengthen our local knowledge, and continue our investment in local infrastructure to benefit local people and their communities.'

Kent County Council cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: 'Amey has been a long-time contractor and this extension will see that partnership continue. This is the largest single contract within the highways department, covering a range of services from road repairs to gritting.'

Amey and Kent have trialled innovations under the contract such as the use of winter sensors on current street lighting structures.

It said: 'By collecting targeted, local weather data along specific gritting routes, information can be gathered that better informs the teams about the decision to either sent out the winter crews or not. The data is collected from a series of small weather stations and road surface temperature sensors that are connected to the existing street light network.'

Amey has managed the highways network with a team of 200 operatives for Kent County Council since 2013.

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