October 1 2014 Latest news:
Shaun Lowthorpe, Business editor
Monday, February 3, 2014
Global technical services provider Imtech has been awarded Norfolk County Council’s traffic signals services contract, worth up to £30m over 12 years.
The contract, which runs from April 2014, is for an initial seven years and, subject to performance targets being achieved, could be extended annually for up to 12 years. It covers the maintenance of the county’s traffic signal infrastructure and supply of traffic signals as part of highways improvement projects working alongside Tarmac Lafarge Highways Works contractor and Mouchel professional services contractor.
The council said the contract includes a spend to save project which will replace existing obsolete analogue communications for traffic signals with a digital MESH solution. It said the project will save £140,000 per annum on revenue communication costs. Specialist advice and services will also be provided for other projects as necessary.
Imtech was selected after a competitive tendering process which resulted in final submissions from four short-listed bidders, including the current traffic signals services provider Siemens through May Gurney.
David Harrison, cabinet member for environment, transport, development & waste, said: “Imtech’s proposal was the best of four very strong bids, and follows on from the recent award of the works contract to Lafarge Tarmac. We are confident that Imtech’s wide experience will ensure that Norfolk continues to benefit from Traffic Signal services of the highest standard, and we are particularly pleased with their commitment to run an apprenticeship programme as part of this contract, which is a high priority for the County Council.”
Steve Morphew, cabinet member for finance, corporate and personnel, said: “This represents a good deal for Norfolk taxpayers, and for all road users. Our roads and our budgets are under relentless pressure, so securing the services of a company with an international reputation, and at the same time delivering significant savings for the Council, is exactly what we need.”
Imtech Traffic & Infra (UK) Managing Director, Daniel Ruiz, said: “We are delighted that Norfolk County Council has chosen Imtech to work with them for this long-term contract. Our strength across the traffic and infrastructure arenas was important - we are offering a strong locally-based core team supplemented by a vast range of technical, environmental and project expertise focused on delivering the council’s objectives.”
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