Costain awarded £34m Highways Agency contract

Costain has been awarded an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract by the Highways Agency for the A160/A180 Port of Immingham improvement scheme in North Lincolnshire.

The project, which is expected to cost £34 million, aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for the local community and road users by upgrading the current single carriageway road to a dual carriageway, with new bridges and junction improvements.

In view of its contribution to the economic growth of the region, and in support of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan, the scheme was selected as one of the Highways Agency’s accelerated delivery projects. Design development work will commence this month.

Andrew Wyllie, chief executive of Costain, said: “The award of this contract further demonstrates the successful implementation of our commitment to ‘Engineering Tomorrow’: to identify, develop and implement innovative solutions to complex national needs.”

Subject to the successful completion of statutory processes and continued value for money, work could start in summer 2015 and be completed in autumn 2016.

Graham Dakin, Highways Agency project manager, added: “This project will substantially improve journey time reliability and safety. Over the next few months we will be working with the contractor to develop the detailed design and the construction programme ahead of our application for a development consent order being made to the Planning Inspectorate by early 2014.”

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