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Highways Agency's £2bn framework to upgrade UK motorways

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.

In its latest business plan the agency said the first two managed motorway schemes to start would be the M1 J10-13 between Luton and Milton Keynes and the M4 J19-20 and M5 J15-17 around Bristol – which are due to begin 2009/10.

Next on the list, to start in 2010/11, are schemes on the M6, M1, M60 and two on the M62.

It is not yet known which will be included in the framework.

In the tender notice, which was published in the Official Journal of the European Union this week, the agency said that winning firms will be required to work with each other, and designers, to deliver the programme.

It adds: “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.”

Teams interested in bidding have until 22 June to return tenders, and up to nine will be shortlisted for the work.

As well as traffic management and construction works, the job will also required the installation of gantries, motorway signs and CCTV.

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