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TENDER COMPETITION FOR SCOTTISH TRUNK ROAD MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS

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Transport minister Sarah Boyack has announced the tender competition for the management and maintenance of Scotland...
Transport minister Sarah Boyack has announced the tender competition for the management and maintenance of Scotland's trunk road network.

New operating companies will be selected to manage and maintain trunk roads and motorways on four new Units in Scotland. Each Unit will be responsible for one of four geographical areas - the North East, South East, South West and North West. The contracts will be awarded this autumn and begin in spring 2001 when the present contracts end.

The contracts are being competitively tendered and involve road operators from both the public and private sectors.

Ms Boyack said:

'By 2001-2002 expenditure on repair and maintenance of the Scottish trunk road and motorway network will be£169m. This represents a doubling of the government's commitment to repair and maintenance since 1997.

'The contracts must mirror the Scottish executive's commitment to deliver maximum value for money from this substantial resource. Operators must offer effective management, provide a responsive customer service for all modes as well as considering the impact of our roads on the environment.'

BACKGROUND

1. The Scottish executive placed notices in the Official Journal of the European Communities at the end of December 1999 seeking submissions of interest from service providers to manage and maintain the Scottish motorway and trunk road network. The new contracts will replace the existing contracts for the management and maintenance of the network in April 2001 when these contracts end.

2. 12 responses were received from a variety of sources including local authorities and private sector consulting engineers and contractors. The local authorities have all chosen to enter into partnerships with the private sector and have formed Public Private Partnerships.

3. At present, the trunk road and motorway network is managed and maintained by three operating companies (all local authority consortia, covering the motorways and principal routes mainly in Central Scotland) and five management agents (two private sector and three local authority consortia, covering the other trunk roads, predominantly outwith the Central Belt). The new contract type will be the same throughout the trunk road network and will consist of 'new generation' operating company contracts. The total number of Units will be reduced from eight to four. Each of the Units will have a potential business value of between£14 and£26m per annum. The contract period will be five years with the option of up to a two year extension at the sole discretion of Scottish ministers.

4. The tender lists for each of the operating company contracts are:

North East Uni:

- Scottish Highways (Babtie / Ennstone/ Ringway)

- Colas / Scott Wilson

- ACTim (Carillion-Thorburn Colquhoun-Atkins)

- Tay Premium Unit Consortium / Mouchel T

South East Unit:

- South East Partnership / Balfour Beatty / Mott MacDonald T

- Morrison / Mouchel

- ACTim (Carillion-Thorburn Colquhoun-Atkins)

- Amey Highways Ltd (Fairhurst)

South West Unit:

- Balfour Beatty - Mott MacDonald

- Clyde Solway Consortium T

- Nuttall / Parkman

- Amey Highways Ltd (Fairhurst)

North West Unit:

- Balfour Beatty - Mott MacDonald

- Scottish Highways (Babtie / Ennstone/ Ringway)

- Caledonian Roads T

- Accord

T - Public Private Partnership

The selection of those invited to tender for the contracts follows presentation made to the Scottish executive by a number of interested groups. A period of four months will be available for the preparation of tenders and a further month and a half will be required for their evaluation. Contracts should be awarded by November 2000 and will become operational on 1 April 2001.

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