Highways England, the governmental body responsible for the upkeep of roads across the country, has unveiled a £3.3bn ($4.5bn) motorway and major road repair and resurfacing programme.
The scheme will be carried out over the next four years, with 11 construction industry firms taking on the work which has been divided into six geographical areas.
The 11 contractors selected are: Aggregate Industries UK, Breedon Bow Highways, Cemex Construction Services, Colas, Eurovia Infrastructure, FM Conway, Galliford Try Infrastructure, Hanson Contracting, Huyton Asphalt, Tarmac Trading and Toppesfield.
Highways England’s Executive Director of Operations Nick Harris commented: “We know that drivers want and deserve good quality, safe roads which is why since 2015 when Highways England was created we have replaced more than 4,400 miles of road surface.
“This new arrangement will help us tackle uneven road surfaces faster, in a more cost effective and efficient way – keeping journeys safer and offering smoother journeys for the millions of drivers who use our roads every day.”
The work packages will be divided into major works worth more than £1mn ($1.36mn) and smaller renewal projects worth less than £1mn.
According to AMA Research, the wider UK highway maintenance market is worth more than £10bn ($13.6bn) every year, which is a significant portion of the country’s infrastructure spend.
Smart motorways are also becoming a more prominent feature of the highway building agenda, with 10 UK smart motorway projects planned for construction.