Highways account win

Atkins has won three Highway Agency projects, worth £150m, to undertake two design and development projects for the UK’s strategic road network and provide management and maintenance service for 1300km of truck road and motorway. The improvements aim to benefit road users and communities by reducing congestion, improving accessibility and increasing safety.

Firstly, the company has jointly collaborated with Jacobs to design a five-mile section of motorway in Glasgow. The road will deliver faster and more reliable journey times, open up business opportunities and provide integral infrastructure for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Secondly the company will design the A14 upgrade between Ellington and Fen Ditton in Cambridgeshire. The 40km stretch of road carries between 65,000 and 85,000 vehicles a day, providing a link between the UK’s largest container port to the Midlands and the main motorway network.

Finally, it has also been appointed Highways Agency to act as a single Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) on motorways and trunk roads throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. The project will run for five years, with a potential extension to 2015 and aims to provide an integrated highway management and maintenance service on almost 1300km of road.