£40bn roads pipeline unveiled for the next decade

There could be almost £40bn of forthcoming work opportunities on the UK’s road network over the next decade, according to the Department of Transport.

It has published details of 125 contracts it expects Highways England to put to market between now and 2031.

Contracts in the Highways England list of future opportunities published this week include renewal of the Regional Delivery Partner frameworks worth £8.7bn. Thirteen contractors, knows as design integration partners, were appointed to six-year deals in 2018, reports New Civil Engineer.

A further £7.1bn of work is promised through a ‘scheme delivery framework’ that is expected to go to market next month and be renewed in March 2027.

A tunnels and approaches contract for the Lower Thames Crossing is valued at an estimated £2.3bn with procurement slated to begin on 28 February 2023. A further £1.3bn deal for roads to the north of the crossing is expected to go to market in December 2022, according to the pipeline.

Outside of the expected Lower Thames Crossing and various frameworks, the highest value one-off job on the list is a £1.2bn scheme to upgrade the A1 between Doncaster and Darrington in the North East.

The long-awaited A66 Northern Trans-Pennine improvements contract is valued at £773M and scheduled to go to market in August 2024.

Looking at the calendar, the next date for contractors to circle is next Tuesday (24 August) when a £42M technical surveys and testing package for drainage is set to start procurement.

On 1 September, a £7M deal for professional services on Tilbury Overbridge – part of the Lower Thames Crossing – is scheduled to enter procurement phase.

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