Somerset County Council has extended its current highways maintenance contract with Skanska for another year. The contract will now run until March 2016 with the potential for another year's extension.

Skanska employs 160 staff on the contract and maintains over 6,000km of highway. Work undertaken by Skanska includes structural and routine maintenance, winter and emergency services, maintenance design and fleet maintenance.

Somerset County Council was one of the first local authorities in the United Kingdom to outsource highways maintenance. This contract is the longest-running highways maintenance partnership in the UK, starting in 1996. The current contract commenced in 2010, and this is the third term.

Skanska's Managing Director for Infrastructure Services, Deirdre Murphy said:

"The contract extension is great news for Skanska. We are committed to working with Somerset County Council to continue to deliver a responsive and high-quality highways maintenance service to the county."

Somerset Sign

Somerset Sign by Lewis Clarke

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for highways said:

"We believe our current contract is highly competitive and this extension is good value and good news for Somerset road users. At a time when we are looking at all of our services to make significant savings, it is good to know that we have such a competitive contract delivering a very good service to our residents, visitors and businesses."

Skanska delivers other highways contracts in the south-west region, maintaining the Highways Agency's road network as part of the Asset Support Contract Area 2, covering Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and Somerset, and highways maintenance for Bath and North East Somerset Council.

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