It is anticipated that the £60m contract will take effect from 1st June 2015, when Amey will become responsible for the Forth Road Bridge. It will take over the new Queensferry Crossing, currently under construction, when it opens in 2016. The contract runs for five years, with scope for extending up to a maximum of 10 years.
Scotland’s transport minister, Derek Mackay said that Amey’s “strong commitment to engineering skills, staff training, and employee retention, all part of its integrated business model, was identified as significant during the tender process”.
The move is part of a reorganisation of the management and maintenance of the Scottish trunk road and motorway network, which is being divided into five geographical units, each with its own operating company. Bear Scotland runs the northwest and northeast; Scotland Transerv is responsible for the southwest; Amey is responsible for the southeast and, now, the Forth Bridges unit.