EnterpriseMouchel will maintain and improve motorways and major A roads in central southern England (area 3) for five years, with an option to extend for a further two years. It will go live from 1 November 2013 and is valued at up to £140m a year.
The contract covers more than 750 miles of carriageway across Hampshire, Berkshire, parts of Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and parts of Dorset.
Nationally, asset support contracts (ASCs) are replacing managing agent contractor (MAC) contracts, and will form the basis of the delivery of maintenance and improvement services for most parts of England’s motorway and trunk road network.
The new deal represents a vote of confidence in EnterpiseMouchel by the Highways Agency as it is currently the managing agent contractor for the area. It also looks after ares 1 and 13 as MAC.
Managing director Dave Wright said: "I am delighted that EM has been awarded the area 3 asset support contract. Having successfully delivered our current portfolio of MAC contracts to a high standard, consistently featuring in the upper quartile of the Highways Agency's performance metrics, I am confident we can make this latest ASC contract an exemplar."
Highways Agency acting network development and delivery director Mike Wilson said: “I am delighted that we have awarded the third of our new ASC contracts which represents a major step forward in the way that maintenance and improvement activities are carried out on England’s motorways and major 'A' roads.
“ASCs are more outcome based and less prescriptive, enabling our suppliers to be more innovative about the way their services are delivered. The key point is that the roads they manage on our behalf continue to be maintained to high standards and that we are able to achieve substantial savings – making an important contribution to the national budget deficit.”