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03Feb94 UK: MACGREGOR RAISES D AND B STAKES - GOVERNMENT ROADBUILDING CONTRACTS.

Transport secretary John MacGregor has decided to put seven road maintenance schemes worth £22 million out to design and build this year.The schemes include a £6.5 million maintenance contract on the M62 in West Yorkshire and a £4.5 million contract on the M27 in Hampshire.The Government spends around £500 million a year on road maintenance and Mr MacGregor's move clearly accelerates the trend to design and build to boost efficiency.Jim Turner, external affairs director at the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, said: 'We believe it can lead to improved value for money. It shortens the communication line between the client and the contractor.'Mr MacGregor said: 'It gives contractors more responsibility to control and manage projects, greater freedom to innovate in both design and construction and encouragement to find the best solution in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.'The seven schemes are:- M27 junctions 1-2, Hampshire (cost £4.5 million);- A12 Colchester Northern Bypass, Essex (£2.1 million);- A38 Markeaton Roundabout to Grand Canyon, Derbyshire. (£1.5 million);- A1(M) Carrville to Blind Lane, Durham (£6.5 million);- M53 junctions 6-7, Merseyside (£4.2 million);- M62 junctions 31-32, West Yorkshire (£6.5 million);- A435 to M42 to Bransons Cross, Warwickshire (£1.7 million). CONSTRUCTION NEWS