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New contractor poised to take over contract to maintain Gloucestershire's roads

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, with Mel Ewell, chief executive of Amey

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A new contractor will take over the responsibility for fixing Gloucestershire’s roads on April 1.

Amey was chosen by Gloucestershire County Council to run highways services after a lengthy bidding process last year.

The company already works with Gloucester City Council and also runs similar services in Birmingham, Hampshire and Sheffield.

The contract is for five years with an option to extend to up to 11 years.

It has the potential to be worth as much as £450 million.

Amey replaces Skanska whose partnership with the county council will come to an end on March 31.

Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “I am confident that our new highways partnership with Amey will provide quality services and value for money for local tax payers.

“Thanks to the extra investment we've made in our roads and this new partnership, I expect Gloucestershire's network to go from strength to strength into the 21st century."

Mel Ewell, chief executive for Amey, said: “We are committed to delivering quality highways services in Gloucestershire and working closely with the county council to deliver their vision of a safe and sustainable transport network.”

Gloucestershire’s roads have become a frequent source of frustration for motorists who complain about the state of the highways across the county.

Gloucestershire has an £86 million backlog of road repairs.

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  • SandraPee  |  March 29 2014, 7:36AM

    RoadWombat. Actually, it's the use of an inferior type of tarmac which I was referring to ......... as used at Sandhurst for the past few years . ....... the workmen even said it wasn't the right type and were replacing it several times through last summer . But, I know what you mean about the ''chippings'' .

  • RoadWombat  |  March 28 2014, 10:31PM

    Quite right, Sandra, and one of the biggest offenders is 'surface dressing'. The contractors love it because it simply means spraying wet tar on the road and throwing loose chippings on top. Motorists hate it because it damages cars and is a nightmare to drive on. What hasn't really been said until now (but is very relevant) is that the surplus chippings then clog up the drains and we all know the problems that contributes to! So, yes Mel, by all means pose in your shiny fluorescent jacket but don't try to fob off the people of Gloucester with cheap 'n cheerful options.

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  • SandraPee  |  March 28 2014, 4:13PM

    Let's have premium grade tarmac then, not the economy version which has been used in the past . You get what you pay for .

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 28 2014, 3:18PM

    Lets just hope that these bunch are better than the last bunch and don't provide bare minimum low grade 'repairs' that we have seen of late that fail within a few months that need a repairing again. Gloucester's roads are in serious need of repairs. You only have to look at the bypass in Hempsted, the Old Bristol Road between Quedgeley and parts of Cole Avenue to see that these areas are desperate for repairs... yet for some reason ignored... maybe too much work to be done and not enough profit to be made..........

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 28 2014, 2:44PM

    I'm sure Amy (sorry - Mel) didn't really need to be wearing her (noticeably spotless) fluorescent jacket in the pedestrianised area of Westgate Street. I doubt if she's dug up a road in her life.

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