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Second Smart motorways scheme in the bag

Thursday, 30 March 2017 @ 10:53

Highways England has confirmed the award of a £96 million contract to the Costain Galliford Try joint venture to upgrade 12km of the M1 between junctions 23a and 25 in the East Midlands to a Smart Motorway.

Enabling work for the new project including site compound set-up and vegetation clearance started earlier this year. Highways England has now given the go-ahead to proceed with construction. Temporary traffic management starts imminently with full works due to complete late summer next year.

The joint venture is currently building its first scheme on the M1 in Northamptonshire between junctions 19 and 16 having been appointed as one of three delivery partners on the £1.5bn Smart Motorway programme in summer 2015.

Bob Gibbon, Director of Galliford Try’s Highways business unit, said: “Confirmation of the second award is testament to the skills and dedication of our staff. Our strong working relationship with our joint venture partner provides a robust platform from which we can continue to grow our presence in the major highways sector. We now stand in good stead for further opportunities that are coming to the market later this year.”

The full value of the scheme is £120 million.