The trunk road network in the south of Scotland is set to benefit from over £930 million worth of improvements after two new road maintenance contracts were agreed.
More than 2,000 miles of trunk road will be improved as a result of the work, which is expected to last for at least eight years.
The value of the contract could rise to as much as £1.4 billion if Transport Scotland exercises its option to extend the work to 12 years.
Work isn’t expected to begin until 2020, but Transport Scotland has warned Scottish motorists that when it does commence, they can expect a range of measures aimed at minimising disruption and ensuring consistent, predictable and reliable journeys.
The authority added that the new contracts also include a renewed focus on achievement of climate change and sustainability targets.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, commented: “This latest generation of our operating company contracts will bring an improved level of service across 3,500km (2,174 miles) of trunk road.
“The two contracts will directly support around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland. They will also contribute significantly to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.
“I am confident these contracts will continue to deliver both a high quality and value for money trunk road maintenance service.”
Transport Scotland is expected to put out the contracts for tender soon, with winning bidders set to be announced in early 2020.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Dieselink, commented: “This work is a long way off but it will greatly benefit motorists in Scotland once it is complete.”