Birmingham council wins award for highways scheme

Birmingham City Council and public services provider Amey have won an award for the large-scale highways maintenance programme they will be conducting over the coming years.

The Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service has won the European Services PPP Deal of the Year title at the Project Finance Journal awards, recognising the scale and complexity of the ambitious project.

Via the scheme, £2.7 billion is to be invested into various developments over the next three decades, including the improvement and maintenance of 2,500 km of road network and more than 850 structures and bridges.

It represents the only initiative of its kind in the UK and has now won three prestigious awards in the last two months.

Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The project is putting the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service on the map and I am delighted about the industry recognition the programme is receiving.”

Earlier this month, the authority announced the completion of a new aqueduct traversing the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, which is designed to relieve traffic congestion in Selly Oak.

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