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VolkerFitzpatrick has been chosen by the National Highways to provide improvement works to junction 9 of the M3 motorway in the UK.

This is considered an important motorway junction in the UK that links south Hampshire with London, the midlands and the north.

Over 6,000 vehicles pass through this junction hourly during peak periods.

The £200m upgrade project will cut down congestion and ease journeys in the area.

The improvement project features the development of four traffic lanes in each direction of the M3 in addition to creating a provision of a same-direction free-flow link between the M3 and A34.

Furthermore, VolkerFitzpatrick will be responsible for building three new bridges, rearranging the main junction 9 roundabout and delivering several other structures including new underpasses.

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VolkerFitzpatrick will also deliver several walking and cycling improvements under this project.

To reduce the environmental impact, VolkerFitzpatrick will reuse the current sub-base from the project, which will be tested before being relaid.

The company stated that measures would also be taken to reduce the ecological impact on the surrounding area, including the South Downs National Park, and on the animal and plant species that live and grow close by.

It will engage with local primary schools and the local community and work with supply chain contractors from the surrounding area.

VolkerFitzpatrick highways director Deon Scholtz said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver the M3, junction 9 upgrade project, continuing our collaboration with National Highways. The regional approach will allow us to deliver our in-house highways expertise in a way which most benefits the communities in which we work.”

The junction 9 improvement project is part of National Highways’ £8.7bn Regional Delivery Partnership.

This project is slated to commence on-site in early 2025.

Meanwhile, National Highways has appointed Jacobs, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and PwC to aid in the development of the government’s third road investment strategy (RIS3) that runs from 2025-2030 for England’s highway network.

Supported by PwC, the Atkins Jacobs joint venture will develop business and delivery plans.

They will set out the case for multi-year investment across the road network of strategic importance and major A-roads in England.