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Highways Agency to form £2bn ATM framework

The Highways Agency is set to form a £2 billion framework to deliver the earlier schemes of the managed motorways programme.

Up to four teams will sit on the framework, which will last for four years.

A notice of the work has been published today in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It says: “The delivery partners will be expected to work with each other and with other organisations contracted to the Highways Agency to deliver the requirements of the managed motorways programme.

“This role will include liaison with designers and the provision of advice on buildability, planning, interface management and aggregated procurement at the pre-construction stage.

“The delivery partners will also construct, integrate and commission the managed motorways schemes, in collaboration with other organisations engaged in carrying out design, construction and supply, to ensure successful delivery of programme level objectives.”

Commenting on the work Civil Engineering Contractors Association director Rosemary Beales said: “Investment in the UK’s road network is vital if we are to combat congestion. We look forward to finding out more detail about the specific details of the Highways Agency’s proposals in due course.”

Each of the schemes is likely to consist of the following aspects:

  • Working with appointed design consultants to give pre-construction consultancy and buildability advice in design or, if specifically instructed, carryout detailed design prior to construction,
  • Construction of highways infrastructure, including the provision of traffic management,
  • Delivery and/or integration of communications infrastructure for Managed Motorways,
  • Testing and commissioning of infrastructure.
  • Main components of the scheme are likely to consist of:
  • Construction of gantries,
  • Removal and replacement of bases/superstructures,
  • Modifications to existing structures,
  • Construction of emergency refuge areas,
  • Hardshoulder reconstruction,
  • Modifications to existing drainage system,
  • Installation and/or integration of communications infrastructure, MIDAS, Additional Motorway Indicators, CCTV, Motorway Sign 3, Motorway Sign 4. Close Circuit Televison, enforcement, telephones, power supplies and other associated equipment,
  • Commissioning and/or commissioning and handover planning of communications infrastructure,
  • Upgrading the existing Motorway Communications Longitudinal Infrastructure,
  • Ground investigation works/surveys and carriageway widening.