Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Costain confirmed as £137m ECI scheme winner

The Highways Agency has confirmed Costain as the winner of the £137 million Early Contractor Involvement scheme covering improvements to the A556 in Cheshire, as revealed by Construction News.

Balfour BeattyInterserveLaing O’Rourke and Skanska were also invited to tender for the job, which will range from £137 million to £212 million.

The scheme will see the A556 between Knutsford and Bowdon in Cheshire, which is used by 51,000 vehicles a day, upgraded to dual carriageway standard. A bypass will take traffic away from the communities of Bucklow Hill, Mere and Over Tabley and Junction 7 of the M56 will be upgraded.

Roads Minister, Mike Penning, said: “I welcome the award of this ECI contract for the A556 improvements. Working with the contractor from an early stage will mean that the Highways Agency fully benefits from contractor’s expertise in design and development.

“This will help the Agency deliver efficiency savings and meet the commitment to start construction on the scheme by 2015, subject to statutory processes.

“This vital scheme will relieve congestion and improve safety on a very busy road linking North Cheshire and South Manchester with the West Midlands and the South. It will also benefit people living in Mere, Bucklow Hill and Over Tabley by taking traffic away from their communities.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.