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Tarmac secure new A1(M) contract extension

Tarmac secure A1 contract

Company awarded major new Darrington to Dishforth contract extension with Road Management Services 

TARMAC have been awarded a major new highways maintenance contract extension for a key section of the A1(M) between Darrington and Dishforth, in Yorkshire, part of a strategic link in the national network between Scotland, the North East and the south of England.

First appointed to the scheme in 2011, the new nine-year agreement, which extends the existing contract until 2028, will see the company’s Highway Services business continue to operate and maintain the vital section of the motorway in Yorkshire that is managed by Road Management Services (Darrington) Ltd (RMS).

The contract will involve Tarmac continuing to deliver services including maintaining and resurfacing the highway, as well as regular inspection and maintenance of bridges, pavements, drainage, motorway communications and environmental works, such as grass cutting and landscaping.

The company will also be responsible for a comprehensive winter maintenance programme, the provision of 24h emergency response teams and reactive traffic management services.

Peter Hyde, director of Tarmac Highway Services, said: ‘Over the past eight years we’ve developed a very strong and truly collaborative delivery model with RMS and Highways England. Through this approach and our commitment to continual improvement, we’ve been able to deliver cost-effective, first-class highways and maintenance services.

‘Our high levels of health and safety performance together with excellent customer service have played an important role in securing this contract extension. We’re confident that our critical work on this stretch of motorway between Darrington and Dishforth will continue to cut congestion and drive efficiencies with effective highways stewardship.’

Alistair Snart, operations director at RMS, said: ‘RMS have enjoyed a strong, collaborative relationship with Tarmac since 2011. This relationship is one built on mutual trust and respect, ensuring maximum value and efficiency are delivered for the project, whilst keeping safety as the number one priority, with the project passing the eight years LTI-free milestone.

‘As such, RMS are delighted to have recently agreed to extend this relationship by a further nine years, up to 2028.’

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