New contractors from May 2023

East Sussex County Council has announced a short list of three bidders to provide highway maintenance and infrastructure services for county roads from May 2023 onwards in place of current contractors Costain and Jacobs. The contract is worth £730m over a maximum of 14 years –an initial seven-year term plus the option to extend for another seven years “subject to satisfactory performance”.

The bidders – Ringway Jacobs (unconnected with Costain, according to a council spokesperson), Balfour Beatty Living Places and Colas – have been selected after a “rigorous evaluation process”. They will now each submit detailed tenders about how they would deliver a range of highway services across the county including pothole repairs and improvement schemes, though trunk roads such as the A21 and most of the A259 remain the responsibility of Highways England. Final selection will be announced in September.

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