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Vinci wins £39m Highways England M20 junction deal

Vinci has won a £39m contract to construct a junction on the M20 in Kent.

The contract was awarded by Highways England through its Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) and will see Vinci work with designers Jacobs to build junction 10a near Ashford.

Works will include the construction of two bridges and a dual carriageway link road to the A2070 near Sevington.

The project is going through a development consent order process with the Planning Inspectorate, with a preliminary hearing taking place on 2 December.

In 2014,Vinci secured a place on lot 3a of Highways England’s £5bn CDF for schemes between £25m and £100m.

The other contractors on lot 3a are Amey, Galiford Try, Hochtief, Sisk / Lagan Construction Group JV and Kier.

Vinci’s JV with Balfour Beatty has also secured a place on Highways England’s £1.5bn smart motorways framework.

Smart motorways contracts secured so far by the JV include the £45.4m M5 J4a to J6 smart motorway in Worcestershire and the M6 J2 to J4 smart motorway in the Midlands.

The joint venture will also deliver the £800m smart motorway project on the M4 between Heathrow and Reading, which was given the green light in September.

Highways England regional director for major projects in the South-east Chris Welby-Everard said of the M20 work: “The new junction, part of the government’s record £15bn investment in major roads, will help reduce congestion at the existing junction 10 and unlock potential for future growth in the Ashford area.

“Following our successful public consultation earlier this year, we have awarded the construction contract so that if planning permission is granted we can start work as soon as possible.”

Vinci highways sector director Peter Whitman said: “This is an important contract for us as it will be the first Highways England contract delivered solely by Vinci Construction, and demonstrates our continued growth in the strategic roads sector.”

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