Highways England: 5 motorway projects in the pipeline

With the appointment of Osborne and Jackson Civil Engineering to carry out £240m of maintenance work on the M25, the road ahead for the UK’s highways sector is one step clearer.

Highways England has outlined a healthy £15bn in spending for it’s current programme, which runs to 2021.

The key to many of the upcoming works is Highways England’s smart motorways programme.

In 2015 the body appointed six JVs to a panel able to bid for individual work lots.

Teams included Balfour Beatty / Vinci; Costain / Galliford Try; and Carillion / Kier; with designers being CH2M / Hyder; Amey / Arup, and Jacobs / Atkins.

The total value of the smart motorways work is £1.55bn.

In anticipation of future project awards CN looks at five schemes in the pipeline.

M42 – Junction 6 upgrade: £282m

The M42 will see a comprehensive upgrade at junction 6 near Birmingham Airport to allow the better movement of traffic on and off the A45.

The upgrade will also see works to pave the way for the new HS2 interchange station and provide better access to the Jaguar Land Rover comlex and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Highways England put the plans out for public consultation last December, with the preferred route announcement expected this spring.

Construction on the junction upgrade is expected to start in March 2020 and will be open for traffic in 2023.

The works form part of the government’s £1.8bn programme of upgrades in the Midlands.

M6 smart motorway J13 and J15: £232m-£335m

The M6 smart motorway project will see major works between junction 13 at Stafford and Junction 15 at Stoke South commence next March.

The works, which form part of the ‘smart spine’ of the motorway network will upgrade 28 km of road, 2 km of new noise barriers, widening of the Creswell Viaduct, new CCTV cameras and upgrades to the Dunston and Norton railway bridges.

All-lane road construction works are expected to start in early 2018.

M25 upgrade J10 to J16: £335m-£479m

With the highest traffic flow anywhere on the motorway network, the upgrades between junction 10 and junction 16 of the M25 will be sorely needed when work starts, expected in March 2020.

With a price tag in the region of £335m to £479m, the upgrade will see all-lane running at J15 to J16 between the M4 and M40 interchanges.

The plans include hard shoulder running between those two junctions, as well as a four-lane through-junction between junctions 10 and 12. There is a separate scheme to upgrade Junction 10.

M54 and M6 junctions 10A and 11 upgrades: £250m-£300m

Scoping work for proposals to add a north-facing access road between the M54 and the M6 and M6 Toll around junctions 10A and 11 of the M6 is in its early stages.

Highways England is weighing up three options at present and will publish a public consultation on the new route.

The project will include new slip roads to be constructed at the M6 junction 10a for Wolverhampton and Telford, which will provide links to and from the M6 to the A460, and would potentially cross the M6 on a new bridge.

M27 smart motorway upgrade: £200m-£250m

The work involves upgrading the M27 to a smart motorway between junction 4 (M3 interchange) and junction 11 (Fareham), linking with the smart motorway scheme on the M3.

The upgrade, which is expected to get under way next year, will provide 48 km of extra capacity on the south-coast road.