WIDENING OF the M1 motorway in the East Midlands is to start this summer following the award of a £340M contract to tackle the 23km stretch between junctions 25 and 28.
The project has been awarded to MVM, a joint venture between Vinci, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morgan Est, Gifford and WSP.
It is the first of two phases of widening the East Midlands section of the motorway (NCE 22 June 2006).
The first phase is relatively straightforward with all work within the existing Highways Agency land boundary and no work at junctions. An extra lane will be added in each direction.
Draft Orders for the £2.4bn phase two of the widening scheme, between junctions 21 and 25 and junctions 28 and 30, will be published next year with work due to start in 2010.
This phase includes junction improvements and construction of the new Kegworth bypass.
It is the biggest scheme in the Agency's programme in terms of cost and scale and includes major crossings of the rivers Trent and Erewash.
The Agency has yet to decide whether to stick to its original plan to procure phase two using private finance, or to attempt to drive down costs by reverting to a series of ECI contracts.