Forth Estuary Transport Authority’ (FETA) is to be disbanded in June next year when a new contractor will take over.
All FETA staff will transfer directly into the employment of the new Bridge Operating Company and the current pension scheme will continue.
The Scottish Government decided to dissolve FETA and contract out the maintenance and operation of the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing to a private contractor.
In November 2011, the Transport Minister concluded that a competitive tender exercise would be held for one contractor to manage and maintain all the bridges.
Transport Scotland has determined that the contract will also include the approaches on both sides of the Forth.
The contract award is scheduled for December 2014, commencing on June 1, 2015 and will run for five years, with scope for a further five.
On November 19 2013 Transport Scotland issued tenders to the three organisations that had prequalified for the next stage of the Forth Bridges Operating Contract – Amey LG Ltd, Ringway-Jacobs-Cofiroute and Scotland TranServ.
The latter has withdrawn from the process, leaving the remaining two to fight it out.