National Highways shortlists bidders for £1.9bn UK road contracts


National Highways has shortlisted five bidders for two contracts, worth £1.9bn, to design and build roads north and south of the River Thames for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing project.

The shortlisted bidders will be invited to tender with National Highways, marking the next stage in the contract tender process for the Kent Roads and Roads North of the Thames projects.

For Kent Roads (Lot 1), the selected bidders include BFV joint venture comprising BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Construction (UK) and VINCI Construction Grands Projets; Costain; Kier Eiffage (KEJV) comprising Kier Highways and Eiffage Génie Civil; and Skanska Construction UK.

Shortlisted bidders for Roads North of the Thames (Lot 2) include Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering; and KEJV.

The successful bidders will be working on what is claimed to be the most ambitious road project for a generation.

This project is expected to support 22,000 jobs during the construction phase, with the potential to provide a huge economic boost to the UK economy.

The Kent Roads contract is a two-stage design and build contract worth $826m (£600m) for the part of the route from the A2/M2 corridor to 1km south of the southern tunnel entrance.

Worth £1.3bn ($1.7bn), the two-stage design and build contract for the Roads North of the Thames will involve building a 1km road from north of the northern tunnel entrance to Junction 29 of the M25.

Lower Thames Crossing executive director Matt Palmer said: "Our challenge is to build a new crossing that not only supports the next generation of low carbon vehicles but also allows us to enhance the natural environment and leave a positive legacy for generations to come.”

Lower Thames Crossing executive director Matt Palmer said “The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road project this country has seen since the M25 was completed 35 years ago.”

The Lower Thames Crossing will improve journeys. Credit: National Highways.

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