IWJS gains new tunnel cleaning contract in Kent & Sussex

Roundhill Tunnel

Leading waste water management company Industrial Water Jetting Systems (IWJS) Ltd has gained new key business with Kent Highways. With the recent award of a major regional tunnel cleaning contract in the South East on both the key Roundhill and Southwick Hill tunnels.

The new £75K contract extends over the next three to five years with Kent Highways, with IWJS working closely in partnership with them, the Highways Agency and transport infrastructure maintenance group, Colas. While price and value for money was of key importance to Kent Highways, it was not the primary reason in influencing their choice of contractor. Innovation was key, with IWJS’s uniquely designed tunnel cleaning vehicles and the company’s solid reputation for high levels of service in cleaning adjacent Dartford Tunnel and the Blackwall and Rotherhithe tunnels also, playing their part in arriving at the decision.

Remarking on being awarded the new contract with Kent Highways and the Highways Agency, Shaun Leeder, Contract Manager at IWJS said:

“We are highly delighted to be working with Kent Highways, the Highways Agency and partners Colas on these two major tunnels in the South East. We’ve built an excellent reputation with our ongoing tunnel cleaning contract on the Dartford Tunnel, which is an essential conduit on the M25, the main arterial route around greater London. With the work on Dartford requiring both careful scheduling and meticulous attention to detail.”

Shaun continued… “IWJS has worked hard to secure this important new contract with Kent Highways, based in no small part on that reputation we’ve gained on Dartford and our expertise in tunnel cleaning throughout the UK. Kent Highways therefore can be assured that we will be providing equally high levels of service on both the Roundhill and Southwick Hill tunnels to maintain them, as they serve key routes to our export markets in the EU via the Channel ports in the South East.”

Southwick Hill Tunnel SmallTheir reputation for innovation in tunnel cleaning is well justified, with IWJS being the first company in the UK to design and commission purpose built vehicles for this vital maintenance function. Leading to IWJS providing highly specialised tunnel cleaning services for not just within the UK, but also in the Irish Republic, mainland Europe and the Middle East.

The Roundhill tunnel in Kent on the A20 between Folkestone and Dover is a key route for major HGV traffic serving the Channel ports between the UK and Europe. Southwick Hill tunnel was opened in 1996 in Sussex on the A27 and again, is one of the important routes for export traffic to and from the EU in the South East.