Council in £2.7bn road repair deal

An engineering company is set to be awarded a £2.7 billion contract to repair and modernise the roads of Birmingham for the next 25 years.

Birmingham City Council is close to signing a deal with Oxford-based Amey to carry out work on 25,000km of roads, 96,000 street lights and more than 850 bridges.

Amey will be responsible for road maintenance, inspections, utility work and gritting and work is due to begin in April next year.

This will be the first time that Birmingham City Council has not been in charge of managing and maintaining the roads in the city.

Councillor Len Gregory said the innovative project, which will provide a significant capital investment, should leave Birmingham with a legacy of good roads.

Chief executive of Amey, Mel Ewell, said the firm was delighted to be named preferred bidder for the contract.

He added: "We are looking forward to delivering not only a step change in the city's highway infrastructure and highways service, but also supporting Birmingham's vision to be a 'global city with a local heart'."

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