Kier Highways has bolstered its portfolio of contracts with Highways England and been awarded the £160m Area 4 maintenance and response contract which will run for eight years.

The contract commences in November 2020 and covers Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex. Kier will be responsible for maintaining 130km of motorways (M2, M20 and M23), 320km of trunk road and over 1000 structures, including Medway Viaduct, the A20 Roundhill Tunnel and the A27 Southwick Tunnel.

The contract will include routine and cyclical maintenance, incident response, defect rectification and severe weather delivery on the trunk roads and motorways within Area 4. It will also include maintenance of roadside technology and the provision of traffic management for the contractor’s maintenance and response activities.

Joe Incutti, group managing director for Kier Highways, said: ““I am delighted that Kier has been awarded the Highways England Area 4 Maintenance and Response Contract, enabling it to continue to work with Highways England in the second Roads Investment Period, which is scheduled to end in 2025.

“This eight-year contract commencing in November 2020 adds to Kier Highways capacity and capability across the South of England, where it will now work in a number of areas stretching from Cornwall through to Kent. We are looking forward to warmly welcoming our new colleagues into Kier and working with Highways England to strive for the continuous improvement of safety practices, strong delivery performance and great customer service in the area.”

Nicola Bell, Highways England regional operations director, said: “Our roads are among the safest in the world and partnerships like this will help maintain high standards. By working more closely with our supply chain who carry out maintenance and respond to incidents, we will be able to work more effectively, identify innovative ways of working and provide the best possible quality of service to road users.

“We’re delighted to welcome Kier Highways to our South East community and look forward to building a successful, long-term relationship with them, driving improvement and strengthening our regional expertise together.”

Kier Highways manages, maintains and improves over 30,000km of local authority and strategic roads. In Area 4 and the surrounding areas, it has recently completed construction on two smart motorways projects and both the M20 (junctions 3-5) and M23 (junctions 8-10) are now open to road users. Currently, Kier operates one other maintenance and response contract, in Area 13, which covers Cumbria and parts of Lancashire.

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