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Transport secretary Alistair Darling was swept up in a hectic tour of road projects this week. On Tuesday Darling opened the £148M widened section of the M25 and Heathrow T5 spur road. And on Wednesday he was due to visit the £28M A47 Thorney Bypass, near Peterborough. Both projects have galloped to completion ahead of schedule.

Balfour Beatty handed the M25 and T5 spur over to the Highways Agency a week early. Work involved widening the M25 from four lanes to five in each direction over 7km between junctions 12 and 14, and from four lanes to six in each direction over the 3.5km between junctions 14 and 15, as well as giving access to Heathrow's new Terminal 5. Birse romped home three months early on the Thorney Bypass.

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