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Client: Highways England

Highways England, the government-owned company responsible for managing the core road network in England, has awarded a package of contracts to a Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture (BBV) as part of the Smart Motorways Programme (SMP). 

This first contract, with a value of £90 million, was to convert a section of the M5 southwest of Birmingham into a ‘smart’ motorway. This involved making use of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane to add extra capacity to around 18km of the M5 motorway section between junctions 4A and 6. This scheme was delivered in 2017.

A second contract is a scheme to improve the busy 22km stretch of the M6 between Junction 2 at Coventry and junction 4 near Coleshill by again upgrading it to an ‘all lane running’ (ALR) smart motorway. The scheme will provide greater traffic capacity, and more reliable journey times by improving the flow of traffic. The project started on site early 2018 after a period of Early Contractor Involvement in the design,

Also, included within the SMP contract is the development phase for the M4 junctions 3 to 12. The combined construction value of all three SMP contracts is in excess of £500 million and will be delivered over the next five years.

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