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Trunk road success for BEAR Scotland

Alan Mackenzie

Breedon Group associate wins Scottish trunk road maintenance contract worth up to £702 million

TRANSPORT Scotland has confirmed that Breedon Group associate BEAR Scotland – one of Scotland’s leading integrated services providers in road maintenance – are to be the operating company for the new Network Management Contract to manage and maintain Scotland’s South East Trunk Road Unit.

The eight-year contract with an option to extend for up to a further four years is estimated to be worth up to £720 million.

The news means that BEAR will take responsibility for overseeing the 314 miles of trunk roads across the south-east of Scotland from 16 August 2020 until 2028, with a possible extension to 2032.

For the first time, the South East Trunk Road Unit includes the iconic Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge, which was previously a separate contract. The new contract also takes into account the renewed focus on climate change and sustainability targets.

Alan Mackenzie, managing director of Breedon Northern, commented: ‘We are delighted with this news. It reinforces BEAR’s reputation for high-quality service and we look forward to supporting them as a materials supplier in the coming years as they work with Transport Scotland to repair and maintain the region’s roads, which are vitally important to the regional economy.’

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