Luton agrees 10-year, £200m highways maintenance deal

LUTON Borough Council has awarded a 10-year, £200m highways maintenance, major projects and professional services contract to VolkerHighways.

The deal covers professional design services, in collaboration with the Project Centre, maintenance work to carriageways, footways and street lighting, winter gritting and 24/7 emergency repairs cover.

The company has already worked with the council on a number of standalone schemes, such as surfacing work and pedestrianisation in Luton town centre.

Under the contract, services will be available for use by neighbouring authorities.

The council said that in addition to efficiency savings, the deal will deliver "significant value" in terms of employment, training and skills for Luton.

"This is a unique milestone for the council with a 10-year collaboration with VolkerHighways and the Project Centre to help us improve the quality of our infrastructure and to support the delivery of Luton's £1.5bn Investment Framework," said Cllr Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for highways.

Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways, said: "As well as providing a continuity of highway maintenance service to the residents and road users of Luton, this contract will allow us to strengthen our existing relationships across the borough's various communities.

"VolkerHighways looks forward to working collaboratively with Luton Borough Council in this exciting new agreement, which brings together all the highways infrastructure disciplines from design to routine and reactive maintenance, as well as lighting and winter gritting."