UK-based highways and public services provider Amey Consulting has secured a £180m contract from Highways England to provide maintenance and response (M&R) services for the Area 12.

Worth £22.5m per annum, the eight-year contract will begin next June.

Highways England Yorkshire and North East regional director Richard Marshall said: “Our roads are among the safest in the world and partnerships like this will help maintain high standards.

“By strengthening our ties with the supply chain who carry out maintenance and respond to incidents, we can work more effectively, identify innovative ways of working and provide drivers with the best possible quality of service.

“We’re delighted to welcome Amey to our Yorkshire asset delivery community. We already have a good relationship with them thanks to our partnership work in other regions, and this latest collaboration can only enhance our regional expertise.”

Under the contract, Amey will conduct routine and cyclic maintenance on the trunk roads and motorway network in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The network covers 1,650km of motorway, 476km of trunk road (dual), 179km of trunk road (single carriageway) and 1,963 structures.

Amey will also be responsible for providing incident management, defect rectification and response during severe weather.

In addition to traffic management during incidents, Amey’s team will oversee the operation of ten maintenance depots in the region.

Amey said that 85% of new recruits for the contract will be from Yorkshire and Humberside and 5% of its workforce will be apprentices or graduates.

Amey Transport Infrastructure managing director Peter Anderson said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring our highways and transportation expertise to Yorkshire and Humberside through securing Highways England Area 12 contract.

“Over the coming months, my team and I are looking forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Highways England, building on experience from our successful Area 7 and Area 10 M&R contracts and our North East Regional Technology Maintenance contract, to deliver the services effectively and efficiently with the highest levels of safety and ensuring customer focussed outcomes on Area 12.”

This August, Amey secured a £240m specialist bridge inspection and maintenance (SBIM) contract to maintain three major structures in Southwest UK from Highways England.