Skanska’s dominance on west country highways has been reasserted with the award of a £16m contract to maintain and improve North Somerset Council’ roads for the next two years.
Starting from 1st April 2016, Skanska will work in partnership with the council to look after 679 miles of roads across the district.
Skanska already provides highways services for neighbouring Bath & North East Somerset Council and for Somerset County Council. And in joint venture with Atkins it is Highways England’s asset support contractor for Area 2, covering Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.
Skanska operations director Simon White said: “We already have a strong presence in the region and we will be using our experience in the southwest to deliver the best possible service.”
Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees, who is also executive member for highways and transport, said: “A year ago we took the decision to invest £40m in our roads over the next five years to halt the deterioration in the state of the roads and start to improve them – and this contract will help us deliver that.
“Skanska has a strong history of building, maintaining and operating highways across the UK. By working together we can use their expertise to make real improvements in the overall condition of our roads and help us to deliver a network that meets road users’ needs now and in the future.”