Connecting the M25

The Highways agency has announced recently that it has selected Connect Plus, a venture between WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Skanska and Egis, as the provisional bidder for the M25 Widening Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract.


The Highways Agency has announced recently that it has selected Connect Plus, a venture between WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Skanska and Egis, as the provisional bidder for the M25 Widening Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract.



The thirty-year contract will involve adding capacity to 63 miles of the M25, plus the maintenance of the motorway and its structures.



Atkins’ will carry out project management and design of the new motorway technology and communication systems. The Operation and Maintenance contract will be undertaken jointly by Balfour Beatty and Egis Projects, in which Atkins has a 32.5 per cent share.



Atkins’ role would involve network management, asset inspection, traffic management, tunnel operation, incident management, routine and winter maintenance services, as well as the operation of the toll facilities at the Dartford Crossing.



Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke said: ‘We are delighted that the joint venture has been chosen as the provisional preferred bidder for this important programme of improvements to the M25. This selection of Connect Plus builds on Atkins’ experience as designer of the current M1 widening works between the M25 and Luton and our design development of the M25 widening at Heathrow.’