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Balfour and Carillion bag elusive A14 contract

The controversial third leg of the A14 upgrade scheme has finally been awarded – to a joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Carillion.

The contract – to widen the road from Swavesey to Milton in Cambridgeshire – is worth £292M.

It was due to be awarded in early June but Highways England decided to retender it after only one of the bidders met its expectations for the project.

That was a joint venture of Skanska and Costain, which secured the three first two legs of the scheme so was unable to be awarded the third.

All three legs have been procured through Lot 3b of the collaborative delivery framework, which consists of Skanska, Costian, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Carillion and a Bam Nuttall/Morgan Sindall joint venture.

Highways England director for complex infrastructure Chris Taylor said today: “This award is another step closer to our commitment to deliver the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Now all three joint-venture contractors are on-board, they will work collaboratively to finalise the pre-construction planning, to deliver the excellence that our customers and stakeholders expect of us.”

The transport secretary is yet to make a decision on Highways England’s development consent order application for the project, which could start on site in late 2016. The upgraded road could be open in 2020.

A fourth package - for the demolition of the viaduct over the East Coast Mainline at Huntingdon, and associated works – is scheduled to be awarded in 2019.

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