Staffordshire Council searching for new highways provider

Staffordshire County Council is looking for a new company to deliver highways services for the next 10 years.

At a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Wednesday (19 June) members agreed to look for a new strategic partner.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said the new deal would look to continue to invest in infrastructure and support ambitious growth plans to bring jobs and prosperity to the county.

He said: “This innovative approach brings in private sector expertise to help us invest in improving infrastructure as effectively and efficiently as possible.

“Excellent highways and transport links are crucial to a connected county and as the current highways arrangements end in April, it offers the opportunity to review the options available to see if we can get an even better deal for Staffordshire.”

The scope for the new partnership agreement could include highway maintenance, improvements and management, country parks and rights of way maintenance, operation of highways laboratories and design services.

The county council will now draw up a short-list of organisations and cabinet will be asked to approve a contract award early next year.

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