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M1 deal goes to giants' JV

CONTRACTS ROADS

A JOINT venture between Costain and Mowlem is this week expected to be formally awarded the huge deal to upgrade a stretch of the M1 motorway in southern England.

The job will involve widening the motorway to four lanes in both directions between junction 10, near Luton, and junction 13, near Milton Keynes. The contract is worth £430 million.

Work will also involve building the Dunstable northern bypass, a link road to connect the nearby A5 with the M1.The Early Contractor Involvement scheme for the Highways Agency is due to start in 2007.

The Costain/Mowlem team beat rival pairings Balfour Beatty/Skanska, Sir Robert McAlpine/Morgan Est and Amec/Alfred McAlpine.