Sheffield’s £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme to upgrade roads and footpaths has created 250 jobs so far – and the number of local firms hired for highways maintenance has almost trebled.
Sheffield Council and contractor Amey made the announcement as the latest zones were announced where work will take place to resurface roads and footpaths and replace streetlights from July to September.
One of the largest areas will be streets in Parson Cross between Halifax Road, Deerlands Avenue, Barnsley Road, Southey Green Road and Elm Lane.
Work is also due to take place between July and September in areas of Wybourn, Lower Walkley, Highfield, Lowfield and Hackenthorpe.
The council and Amey said that the proportion of sub-contractors used which are local has increased from 37 per cent under the council’s old Street Force service to more than 90 per cent.
An Amey spokeswoman said: “We are using a number of local companies, both to supply materials and services.
“More than 90 per cent of the sub-contractors employed by Amey in Sheffield are local.
“Of these, more than 70 per cent are small and medium sized enterprises. The number of contractors used at any time varies but is typically between 60 and 70 and activities range from tree maintenance work to traffic management services.
“In addition, 64 per cent of the materials used on the contract are supplied by local companies.”
Amey said it ‘actively encourages’ local businesses to get in touch to enquire about subcontracting.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “It is brilliant to see local firms carrying out work on our Streets Ahead programme, as this keeps the jobs and money within Sheffield’s economy which benefits us all.
“Some 250 jobs have been created so far through Streets Ahead which is great for local people, as well as the really important work we are doing to improve the city’s roads and infrastructure.”
Streets Ahead work is currently taking place around Crookes, Broomhill, Tinsley, Manor and Manor Park, and streets in the city centre.
Resurfacing of all roads around Sheffield is due to be completed in 2017.
Amey will then continue to repair roads for the next 20 years under the Streets Ahead contract, which started last Autumn.