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New contracts to improve trunk road network in north of Scotland up for grabs

By Gavin Musgrove

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Contracts have got out to tender worth around £950 million that will improve road maintenance in strath and wider the north of Scotland.

The procurement process for the next generation of North West and North East Unit contracts covering the local trunk roads has been launched with the publication of the contract notices.

It follows the commencement of new network maintenance contracts in the South East and South West units last month.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “Following the successful award and mobilisation of the first round of operating company contract in the south of Scotland, we are now turning to the trunk road network in the north of Scotland.

“The two contracts will run for a minimum eight years, directly supporting around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland.

"They will also contribute to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.

"I am confident these contracts will help improve road maintenance in the north of Scotland, while continuing to deliver both a high quality service and value for money."

The new contracts are expected to be awarded in January 2022.

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