Kier Highways were recently awarded a 7 year contract to manage the network of roads and highways in Shropshire with the option of a further 3 years to be added to the term. This award complements Kier’s existing presence in the region, where it’s currently delivering Highways England’s five-year asset support contract in Area 9, covering Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcester and the West Midlands. As part of their offering which secured the contract, Kier opted to use the expertise, knowledge and existing infrastructure of SHB Hire Ltd to support them with all vehicle requirements as well as the management of local workshops to provide vehicle maintenance provisions for the life of the contract.
The contract which recently mobilised on the 1st April sees Kier and SHB work closely with Shropshire County Council to provide the contract service requirements which includes highways maintenance, highways projects, street lighting, flooding and drainage, bridge and structure maintenance and emergency response. Kier will also provide winter maintenance and extreme weather provision throughout the contract.
SHB Hire, a leading vehicle hire and management firm with over 50 years of experience have worked closely with Kier Highways for a number of years. It was their flexibility, knowledge and experience which made them the ideal partner of choice to support Kier with the fleet aspect of managing the Shropshire Highways contract. As part of the deal, SHB have supplied in excess of 70 vehicles comprising of cars, 3.5T Tippers and LCVs as well as 7.5T Tippers, many of which were fitted with additional spec requirements such as Chapter 8 and beacons.
Easter Bank Holiday weekend proved to be extremely busy as the contract was officially handed over from Eurovia to Kier. Staff underwent their initial introductory welcome and meetings before taking the keys to their vehicles, something which SHB coordinated with an on-site team to ensure the process went smoothly.