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South West Highways Ltd signs new highway maintenance contract

South West Highways Ltd has signed a new road maintenance contract with Plymouth City Council.

SWH will take over the maintenance of Plymouth’s roads from the Council’s current contractor from April 2017, with an initial term of seven years and the opportunity to extend this by up to three years.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “We’ve made it a priority to keep Plymouth moving and we want residents to receive a highways service that is efficient, innovative and customer-focussed.

“We went through a detailed procurement covering a range of criteria – from resilience and innovation to value for money – to select a highways maintenance provider that will best meet the needs of the Council and its customers.

“As part of the new contract we’ll also be building on links we’ve forged with Devon and Somerset councils during the procurement, to find ways of working collaboratively and achieving ‘more for less’ – for example by co-ordinating our activity or procuring materials together.”

David Binding, Chairman of South West Highways Ltd, said: “We will now be working with Plymouth City Council during the mobilisation period for the establishment of a true partnership to meet the needs of the Council and its customers from the commencement of the contract. We also look forward to a collaborative working relationship in support of the links with Devon and Somerset.”

SWH will now be working with PCC to ensure the seamless transfer of services from the current supplier ahead of the commencement of the contract.

Above photo shows (front, left to right): SWH Chairman David Binding and Council Leader Ian Bowyer and (back, left to right): Adrian Trim, the Council’s Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services; Glynn Bramwell, Commercial Director for SWH; Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery; Glen Robinson, Managing Director of SWH and Lou Hayward, the Council’s Assistant Director for Street Services.

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