The Highways Agency has appointed civil engineering company EnterpriseMouchel to be responsible for the day−to−day management of the motorways and strategic roads in Cumbria and north Lancashire from 1 July this year.
The contact is worth £149m over the five year period.
The company will be responsible for the maintenance of 519 miles (835km) of roads and bridges including the M6 and M55 motorways, the A66, A590 and parts of the A585 and A595.
This contract includes some of the most diverse and scenic sections of the Highways Agency's network.
Notes to editors
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and major A roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
2. In the North West, day-to-day running and maintenance of the motorway network and strategic A roads is managed by two Area Performance Teams – Area Ten covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire and Area 13 covering north Lancashire and Cumbria. Each area team has a main, Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) which delivers routine maintenance, improvements and winter service arrangements such as gritting as well as providing Incident Support Units (ISUs) to help with traffic management and cleaning after incidents on motorways and Highways Agency A roads.
3.Real -time traffic information for England ’s motorways and major A roads is available:
• From our Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at www.trafficradio.org.uk To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".
• From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.
Before using a mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.
• By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 0844 477 6540. (Calls from BT residential landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more).
4. For more general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time. (Calls to 0845 numbers cost no more than 4p/min from BT residential landlines. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary)
Safety at roadworks
The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:
• Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
• Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
• Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
• Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
• Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
• Observe all signs – they are there to help you.
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