Buckinghamshire Council highways maintenance contract

Buckinghamshire highways is an alliance partnership formed by Balfour Beatty Living Places, Buckinghamshire Council and AtkinsRéalis


pedestrian crossings maintained


gullies cleansed every year

6 million

square yards of grass verges cut


streetlights maintained


miles of road are gritted

Operating from four depots across the county, our highways partnerships scope of work includes the construction and maintenance of: 

  • Carriageways 
  • Gullies 
  • Illuminated signs and bollards 
  • Traffic installations 
  • Structures 
  • Pedestrian crossings 
  • Footways 
  • Streetlights 
  • Grass verges  
  • Emergency and reactive response  

In addition, Balfour Beatty Living Places also provide winter maintenance services, gritting 870 miles of the county’s most used roads and prioritised routes. 

The contract has introduced a state-of-the-art Operational Control Hub (OCH) to support a data-driven approach. The OCH uses the latest in innovative technologies and systems designed in-house, to provide a single source of visibility to monitor all activities in real-time, track progress of works and enable data-driven decision making to drive further efficiencies across the network. Since the launch, we have seen an increase in productivity in our reactive works by 120%. 

Since mobilisation, and in line with Buckinghamshire Highways objectives to maintain a safe and resilient network, we have successfully delivered: 

  • Pothole Pro Machine

    A trial of the Pothole Pro Machine which provides a more sustainable and efficient approach to pothole repairs. 

  • Jet patcher – patching repairs

    Patching repairs using the jet patcher, a machine that clears and coats potholes for permanent repairs – increasing efficiency and decreasing our carbon footprint.

  • Battery-powered tools

    Introduced new batterypowered tools to reduce carbon emissions and improve safety.

  • Customer engagement app platform

    Developed a customer engagement app platform to gather insights and feedback to improve the service. 

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Buckinghamshire Highways Alliance Launch Event

Representatives from Buckinghamshire Council, Balfour Beatty Living Places and Atkins met with colleagues and councillors to explore how the partnership will enhance the highways network of Buckinghamshire for the benefit of the local community.

Our projects

  • Aylesbury Road, Bedgrove

    The resurfacing scheme was completed in July 2023, with further works being carried out including the adjustment of drain covers, gully cleansing and associated road markings.  

  • Bourg Walk Bridge, Aylesbury

    225 existing 80-Watt fluorescent lamps situated within the handrails were replaced and upgraded with LED lights which are 50% more energy efficient than the previous lamps. This scheme was also shortlisted for the CIHT Creating Better Places Award. 

  • Market Hill, Buckingham

    Footway repair scheme in Buckingham’s historic conservation area. Works included lifting and removing the existing broken york stone slabs along Ouse Valley Way, which have been replaced with the slabs from the footway along the Gaol to maintain the aesthetics of the shopping parade. 

  • Swan Lane, Monks Risborough

    Upgrade of the existing drainage system, installation of additional and larger capacity pipework along Swan Lane, Castle Steet and Main Street in Marsh Gibbon.  

  • Tingewick Bypass

    Safety improvement scheme to repair the existing road barrier. This scheme was combined with other works to maximise efficiency and included replacement of road studs, resurfacing, gully cleansing, signage repairs and vegetation cutbacks.  

  • Osier Way, Buckingham

    We completed one of the five resurfacing and recycling schemes we are delivering between February and March 2024.  

    The project has so far diverted 2,500 tonnes of waste from landfills by mechanically removing the existing road surface, which then was crushed and mixed with a cementitious powder, binding the material together and then re-spread and compacted.