The Highways Agency this week invited bids for a £2bn framework contract for the rollout of hardshoulder running schemes across its motorway and trunk road network.
The Major Projects Framework contract will run for four years and involve three or four contractors.
The framework will deliver all Highways Agency major projects for the next four years that have yet to be tendered.
“Managed motorways schemes will reduce congestion and provide a solid flow of work for the industry.”
Rosemary Beales, Civil Engineering Contractors Association national director
The tender notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union describes it as primarily “the delivery of the earlier schemes in the managed motorways programme…and associated works eg link roads, which may be needed to provide continuity on the network”. The managed motorways programme includes the development of congestion busting hard shoulder running projects.
The hard shoulder running programme, and other improvements including widening, will cover the most congested parts of the M1, M6, M62, the M3 and M4 approaching London.
It also includes the motorways around Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
Contractors welcomed the launch of the tender process, with Civil Engineering Contractors Association national director Rosemary Beales claiming that investment in the UK’s road network was vital.
“Managed motorways schemes will reduce congestion and provide a solid flow of work for the industry,” said Beales.
“We look forward to finding out more detail about the specific details of the Highways Agency’s proposals in due course.”