Construction firm Skanska has secured a £143m contract from Highways England for improvement of the M42 Junction 6 improvement scheme.

Under the five-year project, a comprehensive upgrade of the Junction 6 on the M42 motorway near Birmingham Airport will be done.

The project was identified as a strategically important scheme by the government in its Road Investment Strategy in 2014.

For the project, Skanska will work in collaboration with design partner Mott MacDonald and Highways England.

The objective of the scheme is to ensure that the road network is operated safely and reliably and to increase capacity at Junction 6 and reduce traffic congestion.

Skanska highways director Glennan Blackmore said: “This is the first Regional Delivery Partnership contract we’ve entered into and we are very excited to be working with Highways England to deliver this key upgrade.

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“Highways England have been developing plans to improve this link for a long time and we are delighted to be helping them realise their ambition, which we hope will benefit the public enormously. 

“We are looking forward to delivering this project and ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the road network, along with supporting economic growth in the area for our customer and the public.”

The project is expected to improve access to key businesses and locations including Birmingham Airport, support economic growth in the area and improve access for cyclists, walkers and other vulnerable users of the network.  

Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Pizzey said: “This is a major upgrade to improve the M42 junction 6 near Solihull because the junction has almost reached capacity, causing severe congestion and delays across the network.

“Highways England’s proposed improvement scheme would provide a comprehensive upgrade of the junction near Birmingham Airport, allowing better movement of traffic on and off the A45, supporting access to the airport and preparing capacity for the new High Speed Two station.”

In late 2018, Highways England announced an £8.7bn regional framework and selected 13 contractors to deliver the initial 18 packages of works under the deal. Skanska was one of the selected contractors securing £2.8bn along with Costain, Galliford Try.


Image: Highways England selects Skanska to build motorway scheme in the UK. (Credit: Skanska UK Plc)