A NEW West Sussex highways maintenance and improvement contract, which could save between £10 and £18 million over the next five years, was launched on Friday, July 1.
Balfour Beatty is now working with the county council under the name West Sussex Highways to look after roads and footways and carry out improvement schemes.
The contract will be masterminded from Horsham with the creation of a new “highways hub” based at County Hall North.
Staff from the council and Balfour Beatty will work side-by-side to minimise potential duplication of activity and effort.
The existing highway area offices at Broadbridge Heath, Clapham and Oving will also continue to operate.
Pieter Montyn, member for highways and transport, said: “The new five-year contract will not only deliver efficiencies and savings, it will also provide an improved service which we hope will boost levels of customer satisfaction with our residents.”
Terry Woodhouse, from Balfour Beatty, said: “We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with West Sussex County Council for the highways maintenance contract.
“Balfour Beatty is dedicated to achieving the aims that the council have defined, in an effective, efficient, sustainable and customer focused highways service for the county.”
The contract will cover the majority of the council’s work in maintaining and improving the highway, with the exception of street lighting, traffic signal installation and maintenance and variable message signs.