A HIGHWAYS Agency spokesperson said: "As they are awarded, the new contracts will ensure motorways and major A roads continue to be maintained to high standards while delivering substantial savings and contribute towards reducing the national budget deficit.
"The contracts may have changed, but our essential requirements remain the same – a safe and well maintained road network.
"Existing contractors have identified they are able to meet our revised requirements, delivering savings sooner.
"They will be able to deploy their staff much more flexibly under the new arrangements.
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"It is for our contractors to make the necessary business decisions about the number of people needed to fulfil their contractual obligations.
"We and our contractors always put the safety of road users and road workers first when prioritising maintenance and improvements and we will continue to do so."
New contracts will be devised for the East of England to begin in June 2013. New tenders are being invited to bid for the area now.