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Improvement works on Isle of Wight roads reaches milestone

Mon 27 Feb 2012

Improvement works on Isle of Wight roads reaches milestone

The Isle of Wight Council has announced it has reached a milestone with regard to improvement works set to take place on the island's roads.

It is to be the biggest ever engineering project to take place on the Isle of Wight and the local authority revealed it has narrowed down the list of organisations it is negotiating with to take control of the project down from three to two.

The council noted the Wight Highways Partnership and Vinci are now going to be invited to enter the last procurement stage, which is known as call for final tender.

Stuart Love, director of economy and environment at the local authority, described the submissions put forward for the improvement works as "imaginative, exciting and highly professional", adding: "It was very difficult given the extremely high standards of each bid to narrow the field down to two."

He also noted each of the companies to have put in a bid for the project on the Isle of Wight had shown they had a clear understanding of the needs of the island and "what is required to undertake such a huge project here while minimising disruption to residents".

Mr Love said: "We were also very impressed with the way all the bidders looked to involve Island residents, groups, organisations and businesses in their plans."

Under the terms of the project as it stands, the Isle of Wight is to be given £260 million of a government grant to spend on the work.

Chief executive of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Kevin Smith welcomed the reaching of the new milestone in the progress of the scheme and suggested it is going to be a "fantastic opportunity" for the economy of the island.

The Isle of Wight Council recently announced part of the cycle track between Shide Road and Matalan car park at Newport is now able to be used by those on two wheels again after repair work was completed.

Posted by Adam PearsonADNFCR-3083-ID-801303564-ADNFCR

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