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Old December 30th, 2017, 12:35 PM   #4501
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A90: Tipperty – Blackdog 12.0km (February 2015 to Late 2017) – projectmap
A90: Blackdog – Kingswells-North 16.1km (February 2015 to Spring 2018) – projectmap
A90: Kingswells-North – Cleanhill 12.2km (February 2015 to Spring 2018) – projectmap
A90: Cleanhill – Stonehaven 11.5km (February 2015 to Spring 2018) – projectmap
A956: Cleanhill – Cove Bay 6.5km (February 2015 to Spring 2018) – projectmap
According to the project site (link has slightly changed) the Aberdeen bypass is to be opened "soon":

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The new road will be 58km long and is expected to open in winter 2017/18. (source)
Is this still up-to-date? Is there any more detailed info when which section should be opened?

I think the northern-most section wasn't / will not be opened in 2017 but seems to be delayed a little bit. Only some (overpassing) back roads and roundabouts next to the future expressway have already been put into service.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 02:21 PM   #4502
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Call-up for £7.3bn private finance road tunnels plan

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...-tunnels-plan/

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Highways England is calling up industry finance and construction experts to kick-start plans to privately finance its two biggest planned road tunnel schemes.

The first of several industry consultation days will be held in March to float a new model of public and private financing of the A303 Stonehenge tunnel and the Lower Thames Crossing project.

The £1.3bn A303 project includes a new twin-bore road tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, as well as a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke and the improvement of junctions with intersecting roads.

It is currently anticipated that this project will primarily comprise a privately financed design, build, finance and maintain contract, and some associated enabling works.

The £6bn LTC project comprises two bored tunnels beneath the River Thames between Tilbury and Gravesend with interconnecting link roads to the M25, A13, and A2.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 03:03 PM   #4503
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The £1.3bn A303 project includes a new twin-bore road tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site
This implies that the WHS will be bypassed by a tunnel. No, the tunnel will have both ends in what is the WHS, and will mean UNESCO will pull the status of that part (the Avebury part will be fine).
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Old January 7th, 2018, 06:00 PM   #4504
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Highways England to start £550m Area 10 bid race

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...a-10-bid-race/

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Highways England is preparing to hold a suppliers day ahead of inviting bids in March for its Area 10 highways/motorways upkeep and small construction work contracts worth up to £550m.

Balfour Beatty’s joint venture with Mott MacDonald has held the region covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester since 2012.

At the end of last year the team secured a £115m Asset Support Contract extension to March 2019 when Highways England will start its new-style contracts.
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Old January 7th, 2018, 06:09 PM   #4505
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How large are those regions? Apparently they also include non-motorways, given the high value of these maintenance contracts.

They do a similar contracting in the Netherlands, called 'variable maintenance contracts'. They run for 1 or 2 years and cover all motorways in a district, and include all regular maintenance, emergency repairs and bridge maintenance, but not expansion or other major works.
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Old January 7th, 2018, 06:59 PM   #4506
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How large are those regions?
There's 12 or 13 Areas in England, plus a few DBFO (Design, Build, Finance, Operate) contracts. Map
The Areas (and DBFO contracts) are (using the terrible descriptions):
1 Cornwall & Devon
2 Somerset, Avon, Wilts & Gloucs
3 Hants, Berks, Surrey, Oxon, Dorset, Wilts and part of Bucks
4 Kent, Surrey, East Sussex & West Sussex
5 (DBFO) M25, link roads to GLA Boundary, Berks, Bucks, Herts, Essex, Kent & Surrey
6 Essex, part of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Peterborough & Norfolk
7 Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, part of Warwickshire, Rutland and part of Oxfordshire
8 Part of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, & part of Suffolk
9 West Mids, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and part of Gloucestershire
10 Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside & parts of Lancashire
12 Yorkshire & Humberside Ports Motorways
13 Cumbria & parts of Lancashire
14 Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham & North Yorks
25 (DBFO) A69 Newcastle to Carlisle
26 (DBFO) A19 Dishforth to Tyne Tunnel
27 (DBFO) M1-A1 Link (Lofthouse to Bramham)
28 (DBFO) A50 / A564 Stoke to Derby
29 (DBFO) A1(M) Alconbury to Peterborough
30 (DBFO) M40 (J1-15) Denham to Warwick
31 (DBFO) A417 / A419 Swindon to Gloucester
32 (DBFO) A30 / A35 Exeter to Bere Regis
33 (DBFO) A1 Darrington to Dishforth
34 (DBFO) A249 Stockbury (M2) to Sheerness
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Apparently they also include non-motorways, given the high value of these maintenance contracts.
Yes, they include non-motorway trunk roads.

Area 10 is the following roads:
M6 (16-30)
M53 (whole route)
M56 (whole route)
M57 (whole route)
M58 (whole route)
M60 (whole route)
M61 (whole route)
M62 (6-22)
M65 (1a-10)
M66 (whole route)
M67 (whole route)
A55 (Wales - M53)
A56 (M66-M65)
A483 (A55-Wales)
A494 (M56-Wales)
A550 (M53-Wales)
A556 (M6-M56)
A627(M) (whole route)
A663 (M60-A627(M))
A5036 (A565-M57/M58)
A5103 (M56-M60)
some short links, a couple of roundabouts at motorway junctions, etc
Area 10 is probably the smallest actual area geographically (5 and 8 are also small) and with the lowest non-motorway mileage (I think Area 5 just beats it). Though it is a dense and heavily trafficked set of roads.

One of the reasons why the price tag is so high is that there's upgrades construction included in that headline price tag. I'd imagine that the (still really expensive) £326m routine maintenance and response contract's price is due to the 'response' element of it being rather expensive - given there's smart motorways, then along with Traffic Officer patrols, there would be the control rooms for that. The article doesn't say how long the contract will be for.
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Old January 8th, 2018, 05:22 PM   #4507
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Carillion set for £75m East Leeds Orbital Route

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...orbital-route/

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Stricken contractor Carillion has secured the first phase contract for the £115m East Leeds Orbital Route.

It will deliver three roundabouts worth around £7m for the project and enter into an early contractor involvement deal for the £80m contract to deliver 7.5km of dual carriageway.


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Old January 8th, 2018, 10:32 PM   #4508
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M62 + M27 smart motorways

Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall Joint Venture awarded two motorway upgrade contracts worth approximately €360 million

The Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall joint venture, bmJV, has been awarded two contracts worth a total of approximately €360 million (£322 million) to deliver part of Highways England’s smart motorway programme.

The first contract, a two stage design and build contract worth approximately €115 million (£104 million), is to upgrade 10 miles of the M62 between Warrington (J10) and Manchester (J12). bmJV, supported by design partners WSP and AECOM, commenced the design phase in December 2017, with works planned to start on site from spring 2018.

In addition, the second contract, worth approximately €245 million (£218 million) to bmJV, will see the M27 between junctions 4 and 11 converted to create permanent dual 4-lane all lane running along the 15-mile stretch. The design phase will commence in January 2018 with bmJV supported by design partners SWECO/Mott Macdonald and WSP. Construction will begin in spring 2018.
Full press release: https://www.bam.com/en/press/press-r...d-two-motorway
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Old January 8th, 2018, 10:48 PM   #4509
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M4 + M48 Severn River Crossings

Transfer of the Severn Crossings to Public Ownership

On 8 January 2018, at 00.01 hours Severn River Crossings will hand over all the operations and management of the Severn Bridges to Highways England.

SRC was set up to design, finance and build the second road bridge over the Severn. Once the cost of building, finance and operations have been repaid, they return to Government ownership. This has now been completed.

UK Government has announced that Toll Charges will no longer be subject to VAT thus reducing charges for customers who are unable to reclaim VAT. The new charges are shown below:

* cars: £5.60
* small goods vehicles: £11.20
* heavy goods vehicles: £16.70
From: https://www.severnbridge.co.uk/Home....FileName=news4
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Old January 8th, 2018, 10:50 PM   #4510
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Carillion set for £75m East Leeds Orbital Route

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...orbital-route/
Leeds needs a proper outer orbital road (north-west connection). This would also help creating a better connection to Leeds Airport which is currently isolated and accessible only on secondary 1-lane roads which pass through every village. I drove to it in November during rush hour and I almost missed my flight because of how slow the traffic was.
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Old January 9th, 2018, 05:46 PM   #4511
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Consultation on the M3 junction 9 improvement has opened. This will provide freeflow links between the M3 and A34. Expected cost is £134.1M (2014 prices).

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Old January 10th, 2018, 01:03 AM   #4512
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Funding for five local road upgrades worth £67m

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...des-worth-67m/



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Highways England has signed off vital funding for five road upgrade projects worth £67m. The schemes for Plymouth, Wigan, Marlow, Newton and Cumbria will now also gain contributions from developers planning up to 1,700 new homes.

£38m Plymouth Forder Valley Link Road

Works include the construction of the Forder Valley Link Road to connect the A386 at Derriford to the A38 to the east of the city. It will unlock up to 651 homes.

£15.9m M58 Wigan Link Road

The link road will create a new high profile gateway into Wigan town centre from the M58/M6 and connect a number of key employment sites to the strategic highways network, bringing the opportunity to create new jobs and contribute to economic growth. The new link road is currently planned to open to traffic by the end of 2020.

£5m Cumbria A590 Cross-a-moor

This scheme will see an upgrade of the existing junction at Cross-a-Moor, Cumbria into a four arm roundabout which will provide a number of key local development sites with direct access to the A590 trunk road.

£1.75m Buckinghamshire A404/A4155 Westhorpe Interchange improvements

£3.9m Nottingham A46 RAF Newton link bridge

The scheme will create the opportunity for up to 560 jobs at the Globe Business Park and enable over 22,000 sqm of vacant space that would be brought back to life and used by businesses.

Funding for new link bridge over the A46 connecting the former RAF Newton site with critical transport links and public amenity services in central Bingham. The scheme will unlock the land to create up to 550 local homes.
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£130m M3 dumb-bell junction plan unveiled

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...plan-unveiled/

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Highways England has started consultation on plans to rebuild junction 9 on the M3 to create a new dumb-bell design layout.

The radical £130m rebuild is needed to tackle heavy congestion which often causes traffic queues backing up onto the M3 northbound carriageway.

The new WSP junction design will provide free-flow links between A34 and M3 with the A34 southbound link passing under the M3 with a 100kph design speed.

The A34 Northbound Link has a 120kph design speed. Junction 9 would be rebuilt with a dumb-bell roundabout layout and the whole scheme would require three new bridges.

The proposed free-flow interchange will help to reduce congestion by removing the need for through traffic to use the roundabout, in turn improving safety.
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Old January 13th, 2018, 03:54 PM   #4514
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The main aspect of it isn't the dumbbell shown in that image but the freeflow connectors. The dumbbell is a side effect of those - basically they need to get 8 lanes under the interchange to the new connectors, requiring demolition of the existing bridges, and it will be cheaper to replace them with one bridge than two.



Discussion of the plans has focused on the retention of the offside exit at the adjacent A33/A34 interchange, and the new weaving space that will be introduced south of there.
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Old January 15th, 2018, 09:54 AM   #4515
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Carillion, mentioned upthread and owner of McAlpine and originally spun out of the iconic Tarmac brand is to be liquidated.

The Leeds Bypass is one road affected, the Aberdeen Bypass another but maintenance operations nationwide are affected too.

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Old January 16th, 2018, 03:49 AM   #4516
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wonder what happens in Canada
A major motorway I use daily is maintained by them...
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wonder what happens in Canada
A major motorway I use daily is maintained by them...
Pray for as little snow as possible this winter

As I read Carillion is responsible for snow removal in Ontario
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ont...-areas-map.pdf
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What will happen is that their subbies, who have not been paid since September, will go bankrupt in many cases unless the local government steps in to maintain payments. They have not settled their september invoices yet.
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Pray for as little snow as possible this winter

As I read Carillion is responsible for snow removal in Ontario
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ont...-areas-map.pdf
We have actually had massive amounts of snow this year
Last winter I shoveled only one time whole year
This year, about three times, and is only January.
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What will happen is that their subbies, who have not been paid since September, will go bankrupt in many cases unless the local government steps in to maintain payments. They have not settled their september invoices yet.
That is the problem with having just a few large companies dominating all the bidding, getting most of the tenders, and then subcontracting most of the work.

Now we will have a whole chain of further failures down the system. The whole system of payments delayed by months is rotten. From what I understand Carillion quite often was paid quite a big chunk of money up front (at least on public contracts) but paid its suppliers months after they delivered their services.
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