Surrey highways team repair 300 miles of road in first year
Surrey County Council’s new highways contractors have resurfaced or repaired almost 300 miles of road in their first year.
May Gurney signed a £60m six year contract with the council in April last year which represented a £4.1m yearly saving on their previous highways contract.
Since then 611 projects have been carried out including a three week project to resurface a 1.2 mile stretch of the A24 at Beare Green.
A total of 19 traffic light junctions and 14 pedestrian crossings have also been refurbished.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Surrey’s roads are the fourth busiest in Britain and are under tremendous strain. Maintaining and improving them is a massive operation and we have seen some real progress this year.
“Our aim is to provide the highest quality roads we can at the very best value for money. The contract with May Gurney is saving taxpayers £4.1 million a year while providing faster and higher quality road improvements. ”
The council is now looking at replacing its annual road maintenance programme with a five-year plan in a bid to reduce costs through the bulk buying of materials and better coordination of road works.