Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Bids sought for hard shoulder contracts

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.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.