Milton Keynes Council has awarded its ‘all in one’ highways contract worth up to £200 million to Ringway Infrastructure Services.
Ringway submitted the successful bid as part of the tender process which began in June, 2013. It is now expected that the new contract will be put into action from April 2014.
The tendering process was concluded after Cabinet members reviewed the final four bids on November 27, and based on the criteria, decided that Ringway were the most suitable contractor and service provider to maintain and service the city’s road infrastructure.
The 10-year contract will see the council’s current working arrangements, between up to 50 service providers, all streamlined into using one contractor.
This change will not only improve the quality of the services provided, but it also offers value for money, greater efficiency and accountability, insists the council.
Councillor Peter Geary, Cabinet Member responsible for Highways, said: “I am delighted that the contract has now been awarded and we can continue with the task of providing better and more efficient services across Milton Keynes’ roads, redways and footpaths.
“Changing from several providers to one will greatly increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our highways projects.
Jerry Pert, Ringway Regional Director, said: “This is a tremendous success for Ringway. A key issue for the council was to identify a partner with whom they could have the upmost confidence in managing a smooth transfer of services.
“Ringway has a long history of transferring public sector services to provide efficiencies and was able to demonstrate this to the council through the tender submission.
“We are now looking forward to working collaboratively with the council to deliver a first class maintenance service whilst we also support them as they embark on an ambitious investment programme.
“This investment in the transport system is needed to support the significant growth that is planned for Milton Keynes in order it remains a favourable location for residents, businesses and visitors alike.”