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Spring decision for A1 upgrade

Carillion and Morgan Est will find out in the spring whether or not they will get the go-ahead to build a £330 million road scheme inherited through recent acquisitions.

The A1 Dishforth-Barton upgrade project was won by an Amec/Alfred McAlpine joint venture back in 2004 as an Early Contractor Involvement contact.

The JV had expected to start on site last year but both members have since been swallowed up by rivals. Amec was bought by Morgan Est parent Morgan Sindall in June last year while Carillion’s purchase of Alfred McAlpine is expected to complete next week.

Answering a question in parliament earlier this week roads minister Tom Harris said the Government was close to a decision on whether to give the green light to the project.

He said: “We are considering a number of issues on this scheme including the inspector's report, the scheme cost and delivery timetable. We are working through these issues as quickly as possible and expect to be in a position to announce the way forward for this scheme by spring 2008.

"Subject to the scheme orders being confirmed and the availability of funding, the earliest date for start of works on site would be autumn 2008”.