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M25 to get high occupancy vehicle lanes

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EXTRA LANES added to the M25 under the forthcoming £1.2bn widening programme are likely to be reserved for high occupancy vehicles, the Highways Agency said last week.

Agency procurement director Steve Rowsell told a Civils 2005 breakfast briefing that firms planning to tender for the DBFO project must include proposals for demand management.

This is likely to involve reserving space for high occupancy vehicles and some form of access control, like ramp metering.

'We are looking for bidders to show what value they can add in developing demand management techniques, ' said Rowsell.

Use of demand management on the widened sections was a recommendation made in the 2002 Orbit multi-modal study. This said that any fall in congestion as a result of widening would be lost almost immediately unless demand management measures were also included.

'The secretary of state has been very clear on the need to lock in benefits of widening with demand management, ' said Agency major projects director Keith Miller. 'We are introducing HOVs on the M1 junctions 6a to 10 contract and are contemplating it on the M25 alongside access control, ' he said.

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