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M25 scoop for Balfour in Surrey

BALFOUR Beatty has been confirmed winner of Britains largest design and construct scheme to date the M25 widening contract between junctions 8 and 10 in Surrey.

The firms winning price is 93.4 million, which is understood to be around 2 million cheaper than the bid from Tarmac, believed to be Balfours nearest rival, and includes guarantees on pavement performance over a number of years.

The fixed-price contract is also well within the Highway Agencys 100 million official price tag for the project.

Detailed design work will now begin, with a start on site expected in the summer. Completion is due by summer 1997.

The scheme includes widening the route from dual three to dual four lanes for 20 km between Reigate and Wisley.

This will be done within the highway boundary by converting the hard shoulders into running lanes.

All motorway overbridges will be retained and lighting will be installed on the section to be widened.

The award means that recent M25 widening contracts have each gone to different contractors Laing, Tarmac and Mowlem being the others. The Highways Agencys consulting engineer for the Reigate to Wisley stretch is W S Atkins.