Continuing commitment to improving North Somerset’s roads


North Somerset Council has awarded a five-year contract to maintain and improve the area’s roads to Skanska.

The highways services contract is worth up to £50m and started this week.

Skanska already held the council’s highways maintenance contract until the end of March. The new contract will continue to cover:

  • carriageway and footway surfacing and maintenance
  • highway improvement projects
  • verge maintenance
  • drainage maintenance
  • road marking
  • temporary traffic management
  • emergency response
  • winter maintenance.

The contract has been awarded using an access agreement with Peterborough City Council.

This allowed North Somerset Council to use Peterborough’s procurement process in return for a one-off payment of £225,000.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “Despite on-going budget pressures improving and maintaining North Somerset’s roads continues to be a high priority for us, and we are committed to investing in our roads.

“This innovative access arrangement allows us to continue our relationship with Skanska while making significant savings in the procurement and mobilisation costs associated with a contract of this size – ultimately securing the best possible value for money for council taxpayers.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Skanska, making real improvements in the overall condition of our roads and delivering a network that meets the needs of road users now and in the future.”

Simon White, Operations Director at Skanska, commented: “Winning this new contract is a great testament to the team’s hard work to deliver a high performance for the customer and ultimately benefits for the residents and road users that use this network.

“At Skanska, we are always looking to use our expertise and skills from across the highways sector to develop and share innovative solutions and methods that deliver a more efficient way of working.”