Press Release

Balfour Beatty appointed to Highways Agency Managed Motorways national framework contract

17 February 2010


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces that it has been named as one of the four delivery partners for the Highways Agency’s framework contract to deliver its Managed Motorways schemes.

The overall framework contract, which has a value of up to £2 billion, is to reduce congestion, improve safety and make journey times more reliable on key sections of England’s motorways.

Commenting today, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Ian Tyler, said:

"We are delighted to have been named as a delivery partner by the Highways Agency for its Managed Motorways schemes.

"We have gained substantial expertise in recent years in using technology to actively manage traffic to improve safety, increase capacity and improve journey time reliability on major motorways."

The framework contract is expected to deliver the following Managed Motorways schemes by 2015 (subject to funding and completion of any relevant statutory processes):

  • M62 hard shoulder running between junctions 25 and 30 near Bradford
  • M1 hard shoulder running between junctions 32 and 35a east of Sheffield
  • M6 hard shoulder running between junctions 5 and 8 near Walsall, Birmingham
  • M60 hard shoulder running between junctions 8 and 12 east Manchester
  • M62 hard shoulder running between junctions 18 and 20 north of Manchester
  • M4/M5 hard shoulder running around Bristol from M4 Junction 19 to M5 Junction 17

Other schemes which improve capacity and traffic flow, using technology to make journey times more reliable, improve safety and provide driver information, could also be delivered under this framework contract.


Analyst/media enquiries:

Duncan Murray
Balfour Beatty plc
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Notes to Editors:

  1. Balfour Beatty is a UK leader in road building and widening schemes and a leading road manager and maintainer.

    We are currently responsible for the A3 Hindhead scheme, the A421 between the M1 and Bedford, the M74 completion project and the A46 Newark to Widmerpool.

    Balfour Beatty has significant investment interests in six PPP roads schemes. These are the M25 DBFO, the M1/A1 Link in Yorkshire, the A30/A35 in Devon and Dorset, the A50 in Derbyshire and the M77/GSO in Scotland and the Carlisle Northern Development Route.

    We are also a leading provider of highway maintenance and asset management. We are responsible for the Highways Agency Areas 2, and 4 and for local authority roads in North Yorkshire, Essex, the North West of Scotland, Royal Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham and Westminster.

  2. Balfour Beatty is a world-class infrastructure group operating in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

    We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, the US, South-East Asia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise.

    Our key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail). We deliver services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including investment, project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services.

    Balfour Beatty employs more than 50,000 people around the world.

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