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Work starts on £6.2bn M25 widening

Work to widen key sections of the M25 - as part of the £6.2 billion DBFO contract warded to the Connect Plus consortium - officially started today.  

Transport minister Sadiq Khan today witnessed early progress on widening 22 miles of the motorway between junctions 16 and 23 from three lanes to four in both directions

The project will see the widening two sections of the M25 between junctions 16 and 23 – from the M40 to the A1(M) and junctions 27 and 30 – from the M11 to the Dartford River Crossing.

Mr Khan said: “Today marks a major step forward in our commitment to ‘Building Britain’s Future’ and increasing capacity on the busiest sections of motorways and trunk roads.

“This vital scheme will tackle the nuisance of congestion, improve journey time reliability and safety and help boost the productivity of our businesses.  Everyone who uses these important stretches of motorway, whether business or leisure travellers, will benefit from the massive investment.

“It is also a huge boost to the economy – the construction schemes will employ between 3,500 and 4,000 people until 2012 in addition to around 850 people employed on the 30-year operations and maintenance work.”

Work to widen the second section – 16 miles of the M25 between the M11 and the Dartford River Crossing – will begin this month. Both sections are due to be completed before the Olympics in 2012. 

Up to 200,000 vehicles per day use the sections of the M25 that will be widened. The work is being phased to reduce the impact on road users and keep as many lanes open as possible.