Amey, as part of its GEOAmey joint venture, has been awarded a 10-year contract worth £632 million by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide prisoner escort and custody services (PECS) for 'The North'.
The contract, starting in August, will see GEOAmey transport about 250,000 people within the criminal justice system in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England each year. Amey said it would employ 1,400 people across the contract at 10 vehicle bases and 110 courts, carrying out transfers between prisons and managing court custody suites and dock areas.
Amanda Fisher, CEO of Amey, said: "I'm delighted that the Ministry of Justice has chosen to continue working with GEOAmey for the PECS generation 4 contract following our successful eight-year partnership. We look forward to building on the strong foundations we have established during that time, including enhanced responsiveness, flexibility, care for the individual and value for money."
GEOAmey is now the UK's largest provider of court custody and prisoner escort services, having started a similar service on behalf of the Scottish Prison Service and Criminal Justice Partners in January 2019,