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Costain wins £150m M6 smart motorway contract

Costain has won a £150m contract to deliver a 16 km section of smart motorway for Highways England.

The work will cover a stretch of the M6 in the North-west between J21a with the M62 near Warrington and J26 west of Wigan.

Costain will design and deliver smart motorway elements to increase capacity and reliability on the road.

The contract was awarded under Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework and should be complete by spring 2021.

Last year a Costain / Galliford Try joint venture won a £96m deal to deliver smart motorway elements on a 12 km section of the M1.

At its annual general meeting last month, Costain announced that it had been picked by Highways England to install a traffic monitoring system across the road network.

Later this year Highways England will go to market with its new £8.7bn Regional Delivery Partnership Framework that will run from 2018 until 2024.

In April, chief executive Jim O’Sullivan old Construction News that Highways England had re-examined its financial checks for contractors in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.

The failed contractor was in a JV with Kier to deliver £475m of smart motorway upgrade when it went into liquidation in January.

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