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National Highways has awarded Colas to manage road maintenance in the West Midlands and its neighbouring counties. The work will cover the Area 9 network which includes some of the region’s busiest routes, such as the M6, M42 and M54. 

An eight-year contract has been laid out, which will begin in July 2022. Colas will take the reins on the important tasks of routine maintenance, repairing defects and responding to emergency incidents. Navigating severe weather services will also fall under their remit.

Andrew Jinks, regional operations director for the Midlands at National Highways, said “By working more closely with our supply chain partners on routine maintenance, repairs and incident response, we’re able to work more effectively, identifying innovative ways of working and provide the best possible quality of service to road users.

“We’re delighted that Colas has been awarded this contract and look forward to working with them, driving improvement and strengthening our regional expertise.” 

Colas Ltd is a UK-based company that provides civil engineering solutions. It is taking over at the end of the three-year contract currently with Kier. Area 9 contains over 2000 miles of motorway and trunk roads, making this a huge opportunity for the business. 

CEO of Colas Ltd, Carl Fergusson, said: “Everyone at Colas is delighted that we are continuing to build on our successful relationship with National Highways with this new, significant, contract award.

“We are looking forward to establishing a highly effective collaborative working relationship in Area 9 with National Highways and our supply chain partners as part of the contract, and in working towards the common goal of reducing carbon emissions to achieve net-zero.”

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