Wokingham Borough Council has announced that their new highways and transport contracts have been awarded to WSP and VolkerHighways.
The council will be working in partnership with WSP on its professional services and consultancy contract and with VolkerHighways on its maintenance and construction contract, to supply ground-breaking high-tech services from the 1 April 2019 when the contracts come into effect.
WSP will offer specialist consultancy and design expertise and support at peak times throughout the council’s project workload, with VolkerHighways assisting with highway maintenance and construction including street lighting, structures, bridges and drainage services plus delivery of major infrastructure projects.
The new contractors will work in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council alongside the Council’s own 21st century programme to ensure technology allows residents to be fully informed about any maintenance work that is being carried out throughout the borough. It will also give residents the opportunity to not only report a problem, but to also be provided with live updates throughout the process until it is concluded.
Cllr Anthony Pollock, Executive Member for Highways and Transport said, “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with WSP and VolkerHighways to deliver a more agile, efficient and informative service.
“The safety and satisfaction of the people of Wokingham is our top priority and we are very grateful for all feedback we have received from our residents, local business owners, Town and Parish Councils and Councillors. Through this valuable consultation we are confident that the significant improvements we have made to our highways and transport service contracts will improve the service and allows us to keeps our residents fully informed”.
The two highways contracts will run for seven years with an option to extend to ten years and Wokingham Borough Council will be able to offer these services to neighbouring boroughs.
Residents will continue to be able to use a ‘Report It’ service of the Wokingham Borough Council website to report all highway issues including potholes, problems with street lighting and traffic light and damaged pavements, however when the new contracts go live, this will be supported by map based online highways reporting improving efficiency.