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Highways Agency confirms double Mouchel win

The Highways Agency has confirmed a double win for consultant Mouchel, with two Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) contracts worth some £400M.

Mouchel/Enterprise joint venture Enterprisemouchel has won both MAC Areas 1 (Cornwall and Devon) and 13 (Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire).

Area 1 is worth £20M to £30M per year over five years, to manage the A30 and the A38 trunk roads to the west of Junction 31 of the M5 near Exeter. 

The A38 travels through South Devon via Plymouth and across the Tamar to South East Cornwall to link with the A30 at Bodmin. The A30 crosses mid Devon to skirt Dartmoor, accessing Cornwall at Launceston before crossing Bodmin Moor and on down to Penzance

Enterprisemouchel takes up the contract on 4 July for five years with an option to extend the contract for a further 2 years.

Area 13 is worth £149M over five years to maintain 835km of roads and bridges including the M6 and M55 motorways, the A66, A590 and parts of the A585 and A595.

Enterprisemouchel was the incumbent for Area 1, the consultant having a 50% share. However, the incumbent for Area 13 was an Amey/Mouchel joint venture, so Mouchel has now extended its stake.

VT Group continues to show an interest in the consultant, and has an offer of 260p per share for Mouchel.

However, this win will boost the consultant, and should further wins materialise in Mouchel’s interim statement expected tomorrow, VT Group may be under pressure to increase its offer.

A third MAC contract for Area 14 - North Yorkshire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland and worth £115M over five years has been won by contractor A-one +, a joint venture of Halcrow, Costain and Colas.

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