The Scottish Government has announced the preferred bidders for two improved road maintenance contracts worth £1.27 billion in the north of Scotland.
It said the “North West Unit” will be operated by BEAR Scotland Ltd, while the “North East Unit” will be run by Amey OW Ltd.
The new contracts will begin on August 16, 2022, and will run for at least eight years, with a potential extension of up to four years.
Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “I’m pleased to name the preferred bidders for these new contracts, which will bring improved levels of service to the trunk road network in the north west and north east of Scotland.
“The improved resilience measures in these contracts aim to ensure consistent, predictable and reliable journeys for road users.
“The contracts also take into account the Scottish Government’s climate change and sustainability targets.
“Around 650 operational and professional jobs will be supported by these contracts and local firms are also set to benefit through the wider supply chain.
“I look forward to seeing these contracts help our operating companies to deliver a high quality trunk road maintenance service.”