Cumbria council awards seven-year contract to maintain 7700 km of roads.

Amey has won a seven-year contract, starting on 1 April to maintain 7700 km of highway and 1700 bridges as part of a strategic partnership with Cumbria council (CCC).

As part of the deal, 400 CCC Contract Services Construction Unit employees will be transferred to Amey, so that it can carry out engineering and laboratory services, environmental design, and manage and maintain plant and equipment.

The strategic partnership with Amey is part of the council's "Invest to Save and Improve" programme (ISI), which is designed to improve services and secure financial benefits for the council and local taxpayers.

Mel Ewell, Chief Executive of Amey, said: "We are delighted to have secured this prestigious contract. We look forward to working in close partnership with Cumbria council over the ensuing years during which we will combine our respective skills and expertise to provide first class services for the residents of Cumbria. The news comes hard on the heels of Amey's completion of the deal to increase its stake in Tube Lines. We have had a very positive start to 2005 and look forward to building upon our achievements."