A second round of contracts, worth around £950m, will improve road maintenance in the north of Scotland.

The procurement process for the next generation of North West and North East Unit contracts has been launched with the publication of the contract notices.

Road users can expect improved resilience measures aimed at ensuring consistent, predictable and reliable journeys. The new contracts also include a renewed focus on achievement of climate change and sustainability targets.

It follows the start of new network maintenance contracts in the South East and South West units last month.

The contracts are expected to be awarded in January 2022.

The existing 4G North West and North East Contracts are due to expire in August 2022. The replacement contracts are due to be procured and awarded in sufficient time to allow an appropriate mobilisation period prior to commencement.

The contract value refers to the guaranteed eight-year duration. There is an option extend the contracts up to 12 years.               

The contract notices have been published on the Public Contract Scotland website and will also be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in due course.

Cabinet Secretary  for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson (pictured) said: “Following the successful award and mobilisation of the first round of operating company contract in the south of Scotland, we are now turning to the trunk road network in the north of Scotland.

“The two contracts will run for a minimum eight years, directly supporting around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland. They will also contribute to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.

“I am confident these contracts will help improve road maintenance in the north of Scotland, while continuing to deliver both a high quality service and value for money.”