12:06 Monday 17 February 2014

Road boost for Burton as firm nets contract

Written byROB SMYTH

A NEW partnership is set to implement more improvements to the road network across the whole of East Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council revealed Amey had been chosen as the ‘preferred firm’ to maintain highways across the area and also look after street lighting, rights of way work and country park maintenance.

The authority has promised the move will reduce costs to taxpayers by £21.5 million over the next five years and improve the quality, speed and breadth of Burton’s highways services.

Mark Winnington (pictured), county council cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said the firm’s vision, expertise and experience offered both a fantastic deal and significant value for money.

He said: ““Rather than a take a traditional procurement approach, we asked the leading players in the industry what they could bring to the table which would deliver better value, better quality and better customer service.

“Amey was consistently strong across the board and offered an impressive commitment to deliver these significant cost reductions through their own efficiencies, hand in hand with smarter ways of working to keep people better informed on everything from potholes to major projects.

“I am confident that this partnership will not only protect the improvements we have already made to our highways, but will support the county council’s ambitions to bring more jobs, growth and investment to Staffordshire.”

Amey has pledged to deliver cost benefits through its own efficiencies, if approved to deliver the highways programme on behalf of Staffordshire County Council at a meeting tomorrow.

If it is backed, Amey’s contract will run from 2014, for 10 years.

There is provision to extend for a further 10 years subject to meeting performance criteria.

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