Medway Council have continued their collaboration with VolkerHighways by awarding a new highways maintenance contract, worth approximately £9 million per year. The new contract will begin on 1 August 2017 and run for five years, with possible extensions of up to five further years.
The new contract comprises both planned and responsive maintenance, including carriageway and footway resurfacing, winter maintenance, drainage cleansing and road markings. The business will also work on Medway’s street lighting as well as capital schemes to improve and enhance the council’s existing network.
In addition, VolkerHighways will deliver maintenance and inspections in the Medway Tunnel, which accommodates approximately 40,000 vehicle journeys each day. These works are going to be carried out during overnight possessions, to minimise disruption to the traveling public.
VolkerHighways and Medway have been collaborating on the council’s highway maintenance since 2007. During this time, approximately 650,000 square metres of carriageway and 145,000 square metres of footways have been resurfaced and 9,000 emergency response incidents have been completed.
Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which continues our relationship with Medway Council for the next five, and hopefully ten years. This provides a continuity of highway maintenance service to the residents and road users of Medway. We also look forward to strengthening our existing relationships across the council’s various communities. These include The Medway Enterprise Business Partnership which offers work experience to young people, as well as The Academy of Woodlands, Caring Hands and the Walking Bus, all of whom we supported during our previous contract.”
Councillor Phil Filmer, portfolio holder for frontline services at Medway Council said: “Following a thorough tendering process, we were pleased to award the contract to VolkerHighways. They have provided us with a first class highways maintenance service in the past and we look forward to continuing our work with them. It’s important that we look after roads in Medway to ensure the safe travel of residents and visitors.”