Highways England has signed the first in a series of contracts that will see £8.7 billion of work undertaken on England’s motorways and A-roads.
The first contract, worth £61.4 million, will see work delivered to upgrade the A46 at Binley in Coventry, transforming a bottleneck on that particular road.
Work on this road is part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy, which will ensure improvements to junctions along the A46, such as the Binley and Walsgrave junctions.
Elsewhere, Highways England has awarded a £52.4 million contract in the South East to deliver a series of improvements along the A27 in East Sussex.
The junctions that will benefit from upgrades include various along a nine-mile section of the new road between Lewes and Polegate; this will create a new dual carriageway on a short section west of Polegate.
In addition, safety will be enhanced through the creation of walking and cycling facilities throughout the stretch of the A27.
These two contracts are the first that involve deals with 13 supply chain partners, announced last year.
Peter Mumford, Highways England Major Projects Executive Director, said: “I am delighted to announce the signing of these major contracts, which mark the first of many more to come as part of the Regional Delivery Partnership.
“These are the first of 13 companies that will be working with us to deliver these important road projects, safely, with our customers in mind and to the delivery plan.
“To achieve this we have worked hard to create alignment between Highways England and its supply chain, focusing on the behaviours that support us to achieve our shared goals.
“This is clear evidence that new ways of working are being embraced by the market, which is now seizing the opportunity to work in a more collective way with Highways England, representing a fundamental change in the way we deliver our road projects.”