News comes after Amey’s deals for two parts of east England were cut short earlier this month

Kier has confirmed it is set to replace Amey on two highways maintenance contracts for the east of England.

Highways England revealed earlier this month that Amey’s five-year contracts for Area 6 and Area 8 in the east - which both started in 2013 - were being cut short by 18 months by mutual agreement.

Final negotiations are now underway for Kier to pick up two-year maintenance contracts for these two areas, with the contracts expected to start from April next year.

The news comes after Kier secured a renewal for Cumbria and North Lancashire - known as Area 13 - from Highways England. The contract is now being managed under the client’s new system of direct client management.

Haydn Mursell, Kier Group chief executive, said: “These awards reflect Kier’s ability to tailor its services to Highways England’s evolving delivery model, as well as maintain the group’s leadership in the growing UK highways management and maintenance market. We look forward to working with the Highways England team.”