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Active travel gets the green light: Steve Helliwell, Balfour Beatty Living Places Managing Director, features in Highways Magazine

10 November 2020


Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places, Steve Helliwell, has recently featured in Highways Magazine, discussing how the Government’s commitment to carbon-friendly travel has provided a sense of optimism during the COVID-19 global pandemic, transforming the way people travel, moving from a reliance on cars to active travel.

In the interview, Steve explores how Balfour Beatty Living Places has taken a proactive approach to working with its customers to deliver emergency active travel works on behalf of many local authorities - creating more space for social distancing and endorsing a healthier and more efficient way to travel.

On the subject of active travel, Steve said: “We must keep our foot on the bicycle pedal and grasp this opportunity to reimagine our public spaces and infrastructure. It’s vital that we move from temporary green provisions to more permanent green infrastructure and, in so doing, improve travel for communities throughout the country.”

To read more about how Balfour Beatty Living Places has collaborated with local authorities to successfully install active travel infrastructure throughout the country, you can read the full article here.

Image: Active travel infrastructure installed by Balfour Beatty Living Places



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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 26,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US and Hong Kong. Over the last 110 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • The business has developed a wealth of experience across the UK. Current projects include a £217 million highways contract for Lincolnshire County Council, a £24 million per annum highways maintenance contract with Warwickshire County Council, a £20.8 million per annum public realm services partnership with Herefordshire Council, and a £10.6 million per annum highways services contract with Southampton City Council. Balfour Beatty Living Places also have a £100 million highways street lighting PFI with Coventry City Council, a £175 million highways street lighting PFI with Sunderland City Council and a £175 million highways street lighting PFI with South Tyneside MB Council.
  • Recently completed Balfour Beatty Living Places projects include the £4 million highway network term maintenance contract on behalf of Wokingham Borough Council, and a £400,000 street lighting maintenance term contract for Wokingham Borough Council.
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