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Milestone reached as new highways maintenance partner announced

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

We're delighted to announce that Milestone Infrastructure, a part of M Group Services, has been awarded its highways maintenance services under a term service contract starting from 1 April 2023.

Our partnership with Milestone Infrastructure will involve maintaining and improving roads, pavements, rights of way, drainage, bridges and other structures. In addition, the project team will also provide design, traffic management, winter services, street lighting services and emergency response services such as handling flooding and removing fallen trees.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said:

As our current highways maintenance contract comes to an end in March 2023, we took the opportunity to go back to the market to procure the best possible deal, one that offers exceptional value and, most importantly, a first-class service for our residents.

We engaged with over 30 companies and there was strong interest from potential bidders who wanted to work with us and shared our ambition.

We were impressed with Milestone Infrastructure as they provided a strong and good value tender, and we look forward to working with them from April 2023. We are confident this new relationship will enable us to deliver more schemes on the network. The partnership is an opportunity to work collaboratively to provide quality highways maintenance work for the benefit of our residents.

Matthew Riches, Operations Director at Milestone Infrastructure, said:

We are delighted to have secured this contract with Central Bedfordshire Council. This is an opportunity to collaborate with the council to provide an efficient and responsive highways maintenance service.

Milestone Infrastructure is pleased to be using innovation as well as environmentally friendly methods and materials to help support the Council’s Sustainability Plan. We are also committed to supporting local communities by offering employment opportunities to residents and working with local suppliers.

Ultimately, our goal is to deliver safer, greener highways for Central Bedfordshire while making a positive difference to the local communities.

Following a thorough procurement exercise, we awarded Milestone Infrastructure an up to £250 million contract with an initial term of seven years plus the option of a further three years extension. Milestone Infrastructure will take over from Ringway Jacobs whose contract ends on 31 March 2023.

Delivering and improving services such as roads and transport is a key priority in our Strategic Plan. We're committed to making the best use of our resources, working efficiently, and positively impacting on residents' lives.