Kier Highways was given a contract for the road maintenance contract in the northwest, by Highways England. Kier has been handed responsibility for maintaining technology assets across the Highways England Area 13 network.
The firm had the maintenance and response contract for the last three years. The new extension follows the end of Balfour Beatty’s northwest regional technology maintenance contract and is part of Highways England’s drive to include technology maintenance.
Previously Balfour Beatty was into its highway maintenance and response contracts, being rolled out across the country. Kier is now looking after all the electronic devices installed within the fabric of the motorways and trunk roads in Area 13.
The works by Kier also include monitoring traffic flow sensors, CCTV cameras and overhead signals. An extra £1m a year to Kier as the technology element of the contract will remain in place for the next 11 years.
There are four employees who got transferred from Balfour Beatty to Kier as part of this change. Prior to having the Area 13 maintenance and response contract, Kier was the managing agent contractor, under the previous procurement regime.