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June 19, 2014

Smart motorways to arrive in the UK

Work is set to begin in July and be completed by autumn 2017.

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Infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty has been selected by the UK government’s Highways Agency to transform the M60 and M62 in Greater Manchester into a ‘smart motorway’.

The £184m contract is expected to improve capacity, reduce congestion and shorten journey times for motorists by controlling traffic flows using real-time monitoring.

The project, which will employ 1,000 construction workers at its height, is being carried out by engineering group Costain, Carillion, a provider of support services, and joint venture Bam Nuttall and Morgan Sindall.

Balfour Beatty’s executive chairman, Steve Marshall, said: "This scheme will benefit the 180,000 road users that pass through this section of the motorway network every day.

The scheme will be managed through a collaboration agreement, allowing the firms to share knowledge and best practice.

Andrew Wyllie, CEO of Costain, added: "The upgrading of our road network infrastructure is essential to maintaining and improving connectivity amongst the various regions of the UK, and thus to enabling the nation’s economy to grow.

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"We look forward to working in collaboration with the Highways Agency and with our partners to deliver this project, using the latest in new and innovative traffic management technology."

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