Private company Amey Ltd will take over management of both road bridges over the Forth, the Scottish Government has announced.
Amey, a UK-wide contractor on numerous public sector projects, will manage and maintain both the existing Forth Road Bridge, and the new Queensferry Crossing when it is opened in 2016.
Newly installed transport minister Derek Mackay said the contract would bring “a range of community benefits” including training for local job-seekers and securing procurement for local companies.
Mr Mackay said: “We are investing £677.7 million in this current financial year in the Trunk Road and Motorway Network.
“As a result of our robust Contract requirements, Ministers have secured a range of Community Benefits, such as a commitment to procurement from local small and medium sized enterprises, training and employment initiatives, as well as educational and charitable contributions by the new Operating Company, including facilitating visits to both the existing Road Bridge, the new Crossing when it opens and support for two work clubs in the Unit’s area.
“Full recognition of Trade Union rights is also a requirement.
“Amey’s own strong commitment to engineering skills, staff training, and employee retention, all part of its integrated business model, was identified as significant during the tender process.
Mr Mackay also praised the previous publicly-run Forth Road Bridge operator, the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA), which is being wound up.