Highways Agency chief executive Archie Robertson this week announced the award of two early contractor involvement (ECI) contracts worth £500M and insisted that the hiatus in road building is 'just a dip'.
An Alfred McAlpine/Amec joint venture has been awarded a £330M contract to upgrade to motorway standard 38km of the A1 between Dishforth and Barton. Balfour Beatty will take on the £171M contract to dual 17km of the A46 between the M1 and Newark.
Robertson admitted that the multi-modal study process had created a gap in the programme in terms of projects on site, but said that ECI was bringing forward the programme to fill that gap.
'These two schemes today take the total number of contract awards this year to 13-14. We have a good programme of work.'