Balfour wins £5m road signs and data deal

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Balfour Beatty has won the Highways Agency’s first Regional Technology Maintenance Contract (RTMC).Balfour will be responsible for managing and maintaining roadside traffic technology systems in the Highways Agency’s South West region including variable message signs (VMS), CCTV cameras, traffic data loops, roadside telephones and tunnel systems, as well as control equipment at the Regional Control Centre.

Balfour will also be responsible for maintenance of key traffic management systems for the new managed motorway project on the M4/M5 ) when the scheme becomes operational.

The RTMC contract is closely linked with the Agency’s new Asset Support Contracts (ASCs), which streamline maintenance of highway assets, offering the Agency and road-users reliable service and excellent value for money.

Tony Gates, Managing Director of Highways Services at Balfour Beatty, said: “We are very pleased to be awarded the first ever RTMC contract and we are looking forward to partnering the Highways Agency in an area which represents the future in improved safety, more reliable journey times and better information for travellers.

"We will apply our experience and skills as a major designer, builder and maintainer of strategic roads, including the M25 and managed motorways, providing the best possible service for our customer.”

The contract is due to begin in July and lasts for five years, with the scope to extend by up to a further 3 years.
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