Amey Consulting has been awarded a design services contract for motorways and major A roads in the Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire regions of the UK.

Worth £49.7m, the contract was awarded by Highways England as part of its Asset Delivery operating model and will run for up to five years.

The project aims to shape the future of roads across the north-west.

Highways England operations executive director Nick Harris said: “This contract will enable Highways England to deliver schemes which will improve both journeys for our customer and the condition of the road network.

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“This contract will enable Highways England to deliver schemes which will improve both journeys for our customer and the condition of the road network.”

“We are delighted to award this contract to Amey Consulting and look forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with them.”

Starting next April, Amey will carry out the designs of structures, barriers, signs, lighting and traffic signals across a 260 mile stretch of motorway and 50 miles of major A roads.

Amey Consulting chief executive Andy Milner said: “Collaboration is at the core of Amey Consulting’s approach and working closely with Highways England and the asset delivery community, we look forward to delivering long-lasting benefits for the communities of the north-west.”

The contract is said to be the second of the asset delivery series of contracts to be awarded in the Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire areas.

Last month, Highways England awarded Amey a £325m asset delivery maintenance and response contract, which will run for up to 15 years.

Highways England noted that it will work with the contractors to ensure that they are ready to begin delivering key services from April next year.