Egis Group has acquired the M40 motorway operations and maintenance contract, which previously belonged to Carillion.
In a move that will save jobs under threat after the liquidation of the construction and infrastructure services organisation, the M40 project will be returned to Egis, who provided operations and maintenance for the 10 years to 2007.
The contract, which reinforces the organisation’s worldwide reputation in highways infrastructure operation and maintenance, will be delivered by the Group’s newly created Egis Road Operation M40 Ltd business.
It is a prestigious project, given the M40’s standing as one of the leading connectors to the greater northwest region, which forms part of a European route E05.
Significantly, taking over the control of this contract from Carillion will save approximately 95 jobs, Egis has confirmed, and will result in successful maintenance of a vital motorway route.
The contract covers the majority of the motorway, from junction 1A to junction 15, consisting of 123km of 2 x 3 lane motorway, with more than 300 structures.
It is a 30-year contract, which started in 2007 and runs until January 2027.
The importance of the operation and maintenance of this stretch of motorway is highlighted by the fact that junction 1A of the M40 connects the M25 London Orbital Motorway, while at junction 15, it intersects with the A46, close to Warwick.
Egis will work to manage the network, provide safety inspections, cyclical and routine maintenance, accident and emergency response, and winter maintenance.
The company will work closely with UK Highways M40 Ltd, Highways England, the emergency services and other stakeholders in order to successfully deliver these integral services.
It is a further example of notable firms in the construction industry stepping in to take on contracts that were held by Carillion; previously Balfour Beatty has reaffirmed commitment to joint venture projects that the stricken firm was a part of, and Amey has stepped in for a number of rail contracts.