Engineering firm signs deal with Oxford County Council to become highways provider

Atkins has signed a £350m deal with Oxfordshire County Council to become its highways maintenance, design and construction provider.

The contract will include policy and strategy advice, design services as well as construction of improvement schemes.

Keith Clarke, chief executive of Atkins, said: "Managing major highways contracts for the public sector requires technical expertise, expert project management and the ability to work as seamless partners within complex organisations.

"The award of this contract from Oxfordshire County Council clearly demonstrates our ability to do this."

Over the last 12 months Atkins' highways and transportation business has won £1.1bn of work including a five year contract with Somerset county council, a three year extension by Gloucestershire county council and a share of the M25 operations and maintenance contract.