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M1 bridge repairs to cost £5M, says transport minister

Permanent repairs to a fire-damaged bridge on the M1 in north London will cost consortium Connect Plus £5M, transport minister Mike Penning revealed today.

Connect Plus — a consortium consisting of contractor Balfour Beatty, contractor Skanska, consultant Atkins and investment partner Egis — maintains this section of the M1 as part of its £6.2bn M25 PFI contract and is to fund the repairs as part its contractual commitments.

“No taxpayers money will be used to repair the bridge,” said Penning.

April’s fire badly damaged the bridge causing the temporary closure of the M1, before engineers installed temporary propping and assessed the damage.

The fire broke out in a scrap-yard below the 1964-built three span concrete bridge in Mill Hill, between junction 2 and Scratchwood Services.

Permanent repairs on the bridge will begin next weekend.

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