On a BEAR hunt to new management for Forth crossings

BEAR Scotland has been confirmed by Transport Scotland as the Operating Company for the new Network Management Contract to manage and maintain Scotland’s South East Trunk Road Unit.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 2:49 pm
07-02-2019. Picture Michael Gillen. Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge.

The news means that BEAR takes responsibility for overseeing the 314 miles of trunk roads across the South East of Scotland from August 16, 2020, until at least 2028.

For the first time, the South East Unit includes the iconic Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge, which was previously a separate contract.

Iain Murray, managing director of BEAR Scotland, welcomed the new contract.

He said: “We are delighted to have been appointed the trunk road operator for the South East Trunk Road network, which now includes the Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridges.

“Our long-standing experience in trunk road maintenance across Scotland will mean we can continue to deliver and develop a high-level service with a key focus on customer care for the people and organisations that rely on this strategic road network for years to come.”

As an operating company working for Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland is responsible for the inspection, management and maintenance of the trunk road assets to ensure the safety of all road users and stakeholders.

In addition to major road and bridge maintenance work, BEAR Scotland will undertake winter service operations, provide an incident response service, as well other cyclic maintenance activities.