More than 28 million journeys are made every day in London and 86% of them are by road. Traffic in the city is extremely dense, due to the sheer concentration of business and tourist activities. Users need a well-maintained network and fully integrated transport infrastructures. This network, managed by Transport for London, is currently divided into four zones, each cov- ered by a specific contract. At the end of 2012, the contract relating to the central area of the city, called Central London, was secured by CVU, a joint venture made up of Colas Ltd, Volker- Highways and URS.” Since April 1, 2013, as part of the CVU joint venture, Colas Ltd - Colas’ British subsidiary - has been contributing to the renova- tion and maintenance of more than 250 kilometers of roads in the heart of central London.
The eight-year contract covers the improvement and maintenance of roads, sidewalks and curbs, including road surfaces, traffic signs, street lighting, road safety features, drainage, earthworks, landscaping, bridges and other civil engineering structures, as well as urban furniture. Additional services are also provided under the terms of the contract, such as winter maintenance, emergency call-outs, street cleaning, traffic management, design and inspectionservices (safety, bridges and other structures), together with specific services associated with major events such as the London marathon.