The Highways Agency has awarded more than £300m worth of road maintenance contracts to Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Mowlem.
Carillion has won two contracts totalling more than £200m for maintaining key areas of the motorway and trunk road network in the South-east. The contracts last for five years from 1 September.

The first contract is for a region covering the whole of the M25 and taking in 530 km of motorways and trunk roads in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The second is for an area covering 1000 km of motorways and trunk roads in the Home Counties and East Midlands, including large stretches of the M1, M11, A1M and A14.

Balfour Beatty's specialist subsidiary RCS has won a £110m maintenance contract over five years with a possible two-year extension, for the trunk road and motorways of "area three". This covers an extensive area of the network in southern England, and includes strategic routes such as the M3 motorway and the eastern section of the M4 motorway.

Mowlem Northern Civil Engineering has been awarded a £3m contract to strengthen and maintain all roads and bridges in an area stretching from the north of Leeds to Gateshead and from the Cumbrian border to Scarborough and Hull on the east coast.