Balfour Beatty secures £36M M1-A1 Link Road contract extension

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Balfour Beatty is celebrating a £36M extension to its existing Managing Agent Contract (MAC) for the M1-A1 Link Road, on behalf of Connect Roads and ultimate customer Highways England.

The contract extension will see Balfour Beatty continue operations and maintenance services up until March 2026 along an 18-mile stretch of motorway, spanning the M1 and M62 South and East of Leeds and the A1 (M) South of Wetherby.

Highways England awarded the prized Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract to Connect Roads in 1996, alongside operation of the A30/A35 and A50 DBFO contracts. Balfour Beatty acts as Connect Roads’ operator for each of the three DBFO concessions.

The infrastructure specialist will now undertake network management, technical inspections, routine and cyclical maintenance, asset management and life-cycle maintenance including pavement, structures, geotechnical, highway lighting and signs, vehicle restraint and road markings.

“I’m delighted that we have been chosen to continue to maintain this vital route on behalf of Connect Roads,” said Phil Clifton, Director of Major Projects at Balfour Beatty. “It is testament to our dedication to providing and maintaining a safe road network across Britain for road users, on behalf of Highways England. This contract extension is another clear indication of the strength of Balfour Beatty’s proven highways asset management capabilities.”

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