Ringway, Colas, Amey, May Gurney, Carrillion and Accord are on the shortlist for the seven-year road maintenance project.

Six contractors will fight over a road maintenance deal worth over £100m, it has been announced.

The shortlist for the East Sussex County Council highway project consists of Ringway, Colas, Amey, May Gurney, Carrillion and Accord. The teams beat off competition from a further 11 firms to make the cut, including Nuttall and AWG.

The scheme, worth £15m per year for seven years, will cover an area encompassing Hastings, Lewes, Crowborough and Battle. Insiders predict that a successful first period could see the scheme extended by up to three years, taking the total value of the work to almost £150m.

The successful contractor will be responsible for routine and reactive maintenance, winter maintenance, emergency repairs, cycle line maintenance, minor bridge work, carriageway and footway surfacing, patching works, road marking, verge grass cutting and weed control.