An Irish joint venture has been awarded a £40M road junction upgrade deal on Tyneside.
Dublin-headquartered John Sisk & Son will work with Belfast-based Lagan Construction on the scheme to improve the A19/A1058 Coast Road.
Ministers said the scheme, which will get underway next year, was part of broader efforts to improve connectivity in the North.
Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “Through schemes like these we are building the Northern Powerhouse and creating opportunities for hardworking people across Britain.
“The appointment of the contractors is a vital part of the delivery of improvements to the A19/A1058 Coast Road in North Tyneside. It will make journeys better for local people ensuring they have easy access to jobs, shops and leisure facilities nearby.”
John Sisk & Son civils UK general manager Wayne Metcalfe said: “We are delighted to be working with Highways England alongside our joint venture partner Lagan Construction Group to safely deliver this vital junction improvement for the North East road network together with the local community and road users.”
Lagan Construction Group operations director John Cunningham said: “Lagan Construction Group is delighted to have been announced along with Sisk as the successful joint venture contractor for the A19/A1058 Coast Road junction improvement. We look forward to delivering a significant infrastructure project on behalf of Highways England.”