Easing congestion

The Highways Agency has awarded Carillion a £96m contract to provide traffic management systems to reduce congestion on the motorway network around Birmingham.

The project, known as the Birmingham Box Active Traffic Management Phases 1 and 2, will involve the installation of gantries, signage, safety fencing and associated technology to increase the motorway network’s capacity.

Areas to be affected include junctions on the M6, M40 and the M42, which will have variable speed limits installed.

Work is scheduled to start this autumn and finish in early 2011.