Graham awarded £124m M25 contract
Graham has landed a £124m contract with Highways England for improvement works on a junction of the M25.
The design-and-build arrangement will see the Northern Irish firm build a new two-lane loop road with hard shoulder at junction 28, located between Brentwood and Romford in Essex. The contract also involves Graham constructing an overbridge over an exit road, widening the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway and building a second bridge over the M25 anti-clockwise entry road to facilitate the new loop road.
According to Graham, the M25’s junction 28 is already operating at full capacity, with traffic queues and lengthy delays, which the improvements hope to address.
Proposals are still subject to a development consent order (DCO) due to go before the Planning Inspectorate, the government agency responsible for operating the planning process for DCOs, which accepted the application last summer. Early design works began in winter 2020, Graham said, and construction work is scheduled to start by spring 2022 should it be approved by the DCO.
Graham highways director Dave Brown said: “This is another significant scheme for us to be awarded and last of the three schemes to sign in the package following the signing of the M25.
“It is testament to our growing reputation in the highways sector that we have been chosen as contractor for another important improvement scheme in the South East.”
Original source article: https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/civils/contracts-civils/graham-lands-124m-m25-improvement-contract-24-02-2021/
Author: ZAK GARNER-PURKIS
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