M56 smart motorway upgrade to start next spring
Highways England has chosen Galliford Try for a £67m contract to upgrade a stretch of the M56 between Junctions 6 and 8 to a smart motorway, during a 12-month scheme set to start in 2019.
Works to the stretch of motorway, which runs from by the Marriott in Hale Barns to the junction with the A556 and A56, will include upgrading barriers and drainage as well as the installation of gantries, emergency refuge areas and technical equipment.
The contractor is scheduled to start on site in the spring and complete approximately a year later.
The M56 upgrade is the latest in a series of smart motorways schemes being carried out in the North West, including a £130m scheme on the M6, running between Crewe and Knutsford.
This project was being delivered by a joint venture of Kier and Carillion, and earlier this year Kier took on Carillion’s staff after the latter was liquidated in January. The project is set to complete in March next year.
Kier is also working on an upgrade running between Junction 13 and Junction 15 of the M6 in a £232.3m deal due to complete in 2022.
Duncan Elliott, managing director of Galliford Try Highways, said: “We’re delighted for this opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with and commitment to Highways England as a leading and critically important client. Highways is the key growth sector for Galliford Try Infrastructure.”