A huge contract to widen the M1, worth £340M, has been awarded to MVM, a joint venture made up of Vinci, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morgan Est, Gifford and WSP.
Widening of the M1 in the East Midlands is due to start in summer 2007 following the award today of a £340M contract to widen the M1 between J25 and J28 by the Highways AgencyApproximately 23km of motorway will be widened between Sandiacre at J25 and Pinxton at J28 by using the hard shoulder to create four lanes and adding a new hard shoulderAll the work will be within the existing Highways Agency land boundary and there will be no work at any junctions except where the sliproads meet the motorwayRoads minister Dr Stephen Ladyman said: 'I am delighted that this important widening scheme for the M1 has reached this milestone and look forward to the start of work later in the year.'The widening will deliver important benefits to the economy of the UK. It will improve safety, make journey times more reliable and bring welcome relief from congestion and delays.'Drivers rely on the M1 as one of the main routes linking London with the Midlands and the North. It carries up to 150,000 vehicles a day, yet when it was built in the 1960s it was designed for 67,000 vehicles a day. Extra lanes are needed because it is significantly congested, especially at peak times.'The M1 widening in the East Midlands is being carried out in two phases. Draft Orders for Phase 2 of the widening scheme, between J21 and J25 and from J28 to J30, will be published in 2008 with work due to start in 2010. These plans include improvements at the junctions and a new bypass for Kegworth.