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Highways England has awarded GRAHAM two works packages worth a total of £19m for improvements to four major roads in the East of England.

The projects cover the A47, A11, A1 and A12 and extend from Peterborough to Norwich and through to Lowestoft via Great Yarmouth. They consists of multiple key safety improvements, surfacing, structures and technology schemes.

The packages are part of a collaborative delivery framework (CDF), which groups projects geographically.

Family-owned GRAHAM said the works are the latest significant contract award for its growing civil engineering division.

It is already engaging with local stakeholder groups and the community to establish good relationships and maintain clear lines of communication with road users.

The firm has also recruited ‘significant numbers’ of local people to work on the projects. This aims to ensure that everyone in its team has full knowledge of the local landscape and is familiar with the roads and surrounding areas where the projects are taking place.

Dave Brown, highways director for GRAHAM, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Highways England on this prestigious contract; it is really encouraging to see that our long-standing and collaborative relationship continues to grow stronger.

‘We look forward to working in partnership with the CDF community to ensure that the project is completed safely and to the highest possible standards.

‘As well as this, we make sure that the local community and stakeholders are fully engaged before, during and after the works – strong and effective communication is one of our core values and an approach that we maintain throughout all of the civil engineering projects we undertake.’

GRAHAM said most of the work will be completed overnight to ensure minimal impact on road users.








Highways England is supporting local authority road improvement schemes in Hampshire and Leicestershire with nearly £20m from its dedicated Growth and Housing Fund.

One of the schemes – at Junction 9 on the M27 in Hampshire – will also receive cash from the £220m Congestion Relief Fund announced in last year’s Autumn Statement as well as £6.6m from the local authority.

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: ‘All of these improvements and future upcoming announcements will ultimately ensure England’s major roads continue to make a valuable contribution to the prosperity of our country.’

The three new schemes, which cost a total of £45.5m, are:

  • M27 junction 9 Whiteley Way, up to 3,500 homes and up to 250 jobs – £9.9m Growth and Housing Fund / £3m Highways England Congestion Relief Fund. This scheme is being delivered by Hampshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership under a grant funding agreement.
  • Anstey Lane (A46 / A560) up to 2,378 homes and around 260 jobs – £5m Growth and Housing Fund / £2.8m private developers. This scheme will be delivered by Leicestershire CC and local enterprise partnerships.
  • M1 junction 23, up to 4,000 homes and 5,600 jobs – £5m Growth and Housing Fund / £10m private funding / £3.2m local growth fund. This scheme will be delivered by Leicestershire CC and local enterprise partnerships.

Hampshire CC said its £19.6m scheme, to which it is contributing £6.6m, aims to radically improve Junction 9 of the M27 and Parkway South Roundabout, Whiteley.

Executive member for environment and transport Rob Humby said: ‘This is really exciting news for the people who live and work in Whiteley. Congestion at peak times in this area has been notoriously heavy for years, and with a further 3,500 new homes in the planning, it’s essential that improvements are made to increase capacity on the roads.’

The £100m Growth and Housing Fund was set up as part of the £15bn Road Investment Strategy 2015-2020 and provides cash towards road improvements that are needed for new developments providing homes and jobs.

Highways England said it has so far contributed over £60m to 16 improvements to unlock over 30,000 new homes and more than 40,000 jobs.

Highways England has announced an amended route for its £282m scheme to take the pressure off the M42 junction 6 near Solihull.

The Government-owned company said it is taking forward a modified version of Option 1, which was supported by 64% of respondents, including 60% of the local residents.

The preferred route will see a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road between the A45 Clock Interchange and a new junction on the M42 south of junction 6 located north of Solihull Road.

Junction 6 of the M42 currently links the national motorway network and the A45 Coventry Road, which provides strategic access to Birmingham and Coventry, as well as key sites in the area.

Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Pizzey said: ‘This is a vital scheme which will support economic growth in the area and beyond. It will also improve access to HS2, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham Airport and future developments such as the UK Central development area.’

Birmingham Airport chief operating officer, David Winstanley welcomed the decision. He said: ‘This junction is a critical part of the road network which provides access to many of the region’s biggest employers but is currently heavily congested.

‘It is therefore vital that better access is provided to ease current congestion and cater for the future growth of both Birmingham Airport and the surrounding UK Central area.’

The modification moves the route slightly closer to the south west corner of Bickenhill to avoid a local business and reduce the effect on the Bickenhill Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Highways England will also be undertaking improvements to the M42 junction 6 roundabout, Clock Interchange and the A45 between the two, to ensure the two junctions can work together in future and minimise the effect on the A45.

Construction is expected to start in 2020 with completion due in 2023.

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