Six contractors are to share more than £1.4bn of motorway work under deals announced today.
Highways England selected three joint ventures for 10 smart motorway contracts across the UK – as well as naming the designers for seven of the projects.
Balfour Beatty/Vinci won three projects worth about £600M, with CH2M/Hyder to take on up to £30M of related design work.
Costain/Galliford Try secured £365M of work on three motorway jobs, with Amey/Arup picking up £25M of related design work.
Carillion/Kier will take on four projects worth an estimated £475M. This will lead to design work for Jacobs/Atkins valued at up to £25M.
The smart motorway schemes add 470km of extra lanes to the UK network. Hard shoulders will be converted to traffic lanes, while signing and technology will tell drivers what speed to drive at and warn of incidents and lane closures ahead.
The contracts announced today represent the second major award under Highways England’s collaborative delivery framework, following the award of contracts for elements of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.
Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing more than £1.5bn over the next five years in upgrading congested sections of motorway.”
Highways England smart motorway programme director Andy Watson said: “We have awarded these contracts to the companies who demonstrated to us they will work together, across all the projects, not just the ones they have been awarded.
“They proved they are driven to get the best results on price, quality and on reducing impact on road users: keeping the motorways flowing while they construct these vital improvements.”
How the deals break down
M5 J4a to J6 in Worcestershire: starting this autumn
Contractor: Balfour Beatty/Vinci (£45M)
M6 J2 to J4 in the Midlands: starting in 2017/18
M4 J3 to J12 in London and Berkshire: starting in 2016/17
Contractor: Balfour Beatty/Vinci (up to £562M)
Designer: CH2M/Hyder (up to £30M)
M1 J19 to J16 in Northamptonshire: starting this autumn
Contractor: Costain/Galliford Try (£65M)
M1 J24 to J25 in the East Midlands: starting in 2016/17
M1 J13 to 16 in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: starting in 2016/17
Contractor: Costain/Galliford Try (£302M)
Designer: Amey/Arup (up to £25M)
M6 J16 to J19 in Staffordshire and Cheshire: starting this autumn
Contractor: Carillion/Kier (£130M)
M6 J13 to J15 in Staffordshire:, starting 2017/18
M20 J3 to J5 in Kent: starting 2017/18, and
M23 J8 to J10 in Surrey and West Sussex: starting 2017/18,
Contractor: Carillion/Kier (£345M)
Designer: Jacobs/Atkins (up to £25M)