Transport for London (TfL) and London boroughs have shortlisted ten bidders for a £1.8bn package of road maintenance and the construction of four new highway contracts over the next eight years.

The shortlisted bidders include Amey, Balfour Beatty Living Places, Ringway Jacobs, Colas – VolkerHighways – URS Scott Wilson and MGWSP (May Gurney – WSP).

Other shortlisted contractors for the projects include EnterpriseMouchel, FM Conway – AECOM, Skanska Construction UK / Project Centre, Costain – J Murphy & Sons – Capita Symonds and Bam Nuttall – Hyder Consulting.

TfL director of roads for surface transport Dana Skelley said London’s road networks are the arteries and veins that keep the city moving.

"By having highway contracts which can be used by all London boroughs, we can not only deliver greater efficiencies in terms of cost and disruption, but also work together more closely to trial innovation and improve the road network for all," Skelley said.

The new contracts have been designed to ensure consistency in the quality of works and materials used, minimise disruption and encourage efficient practice and coordinated working, TfL said.

TfL deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring said ensuring London’s roads are running smoothly and fit for every road user, whether it’s cyclists, buses, motorists or pedestrians, is absolutely vital to the economic well-being of the city.

"These contracts will enable us and the boroughs to further reduce disruption from roadworks, roll out best practices such as HGV cycle safety standards and save millions each year," Dedring said.

The London Highways Alliance Framework will divide Greater London into four regions for the construction and maintenance of roads, which will facilitate operational savings from better working practices. The new contracts are expected to be awarded at the end of the year, after which all the work will be implemented to a common specification to allow sharing of resources and use of the same basic materials.