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VolkerFitzpatrick wins £14.8M road upgrade

A259 road Rye to Brookland, Kent

VolkerFitzpatrick has won a £14.8M design and build contract covering improvements to the A259 in West Sussex.

The work, funded by the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership, West Sussex County Council and private developer contributions, covers new sections of dual carriageway on the road, widened approaches and improved road markings as well as new pedestrian and cycle paths.

The announcement comes after VolkerFitzpatrick was awarded a £965m Chilterns Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct main works civils contract by HS2, as part of an Align joint venture with Bouygues Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Under the Sussex roads contract VolkerFitzpatrick, along with design consultant Tony Gee, will work with West Sussex County Council on designs for the upgrades.  Work will start next summer and will take 18 months.

“We are delighted to have been selected to work with West Sussex County Council on this scheme. This new highway infrastructure will make travelling through the county less time-consuming for local residents and visitors alike,” said VolkerFitzpatrick civils division managing director Chris Evans.

More road schemes are taking place around the Arun area of West Sussex over the next three years including an A284 bypass, and a separate cycle path between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on the A259.

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