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Highways England to revitalise concrete roads under five-year programme

By / 4 months ago / Latest News / 1 Comment

Highways England has announced two contracts worth £285m to upgrade the concrete surface of roads across the country.

The long-term programme will repair or replace the concrete surface of motorways or major A-roads in England

Over the next five years, Highways England will work with engineering and construction companies Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, John Sisk & Son, VolkerFitzpatrick, Colas, Dyer & Butler and Tarmac on a long-term programme to repair or replace the concrete surface of motorways or major A-roads in England.

The programme is part of Highways England’s nationwide drive to revitalise concrete roads in England, which will invest up to £400m over the next five years to 2025.

Concrete roads make up almost 400 miles (4%) of England’s motorway and major A-road network, and are mostly found along the eastern side of the country, in the North East, Yorkshire, East Anglia and the South East. They’re said to have provided years of virtually maintenance-free life but are now in need of vital upgrades.

Martin Fellows, Highways England Regional Director, said: “This is the biggest concrete road renewals programme we have ever embarked on and we’re pleased to have awarded the final two contracts that will help us deliver the maximum benefits of safe, reliable and smooth journeys for many years to come.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

One Comment

  • kieron fennelly06. Apr, 2021

    Not a moment too soon.
    Tyre noise from that appalling M25 stretch round SW London must be audible ten miles away.
    I fear proper replacement with porous tarmac would cost a lot more than £400m which suggests more piecemeal patching will be the best we can hope for…..