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Bidding starts on delayed £81m A160 scheme

The Highways Agency is inviting bids for contractors for the £81 million A160 / A180 Port of Immingham improvement scheme, one of four announced by the prime minister to trial quicker construction.

Measures including off-site and 24 hour construction will be considered in an attempt to reduce build times on the scheme.

Roads minister Mike Penning announced in May that the scheme would go under development to be considered for funding in the next spending review period.

Public consultation had been held on the scheme in 2009, only for it to be put on-hold.

Work on the contract, valued at between £55m and £81m, will include upgrading of Brocklesby Junction to an oval two bridge roundabout layout, new roads and relocating Habrough Roundabout.

The contract will use early contractor involvement and design will either be retained in house through the client or the existing designer will be novated across to the successful contractor.

If bidders are not registered with Constructionline they need to submit their last three years audited accounts with prequalification submissions.

A maximum of five contractors will be invited to tender and expressions of interest should be submitted by 22 January at 5pm.

Contractors must register on the eSourcing portal.

Following pre-qualification, Vendor Ratings will be calculated using the validated Highways Agency’s supplier StART Assessment, Past Performance Data and Added Value scores, at a ratio of 60:35:5

The target for the scheme to have one apprenticeship created for every £20m spent.

A160:

The A160 is the principal route to the Port of Immingham from the A180, which carries on to Grimsby and the Port of Grimsby.

The A160 and A180 routes provide a strategic link between these ports and the national road network. The A160 runs in a west to east direction from its junction with the A180 to the Port of Immingham and the surrounding South Humber Bank development area.

The A160 currently consists of a single carriageway for approximately 2 km from its junction with the A180 to Habrough Road Roundabout, then 2.5 km of dual carriageway to Manby Road Roundabout.

There is also 0.7 km of single carriageway from Manby Road Roundabout as a non-trunk road (Humber Road) to the dock gate entrance of the Port of Immingham.

The principal settlement in the area through which the scheme passes is South Killingholme, with the majority of the residential properties lying on the north side of the A160.

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