This week’s Construction, Infrastructure, and Rail news:
Highways England is seeking contractors to help look after their northernmost motorways and trunk roads (Areas 13 and 14). Area 13 is in Cumbria and Lancashire and Area 14 is in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and North Yorkshire. The construction works framework has been divided into 11 lots by specialism all totalling a different contract value. The estimated maximum value of the project is £434m over a 4 year term. Contractors have until 15th August 2016 to register their interest.
Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) have started construction on a new renewable biomass energy plant in Kent. The plant is being built in Discovery Park in Sandwich and will eventually produce all power and heat requirements for the park. The £140m plant will create an estimated 300 jobs during its 2 year construction phase.
Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin has granted plans to extend the Midland Metro light rail line in Wolverhampton. The £18m project will see the route extended along Pipers Row with stops at the bus and railway stations. The project is scheduled to open in 2019.
Groupe Eurotunnel have said the decision taken by the UK to leave the European Union ‘will not affect the activity of the Channel Tunnel concession’. The Channel Tunnel operates under the terms of the 1986 Treaty of Canterbury between the British and French governments. Groupe Eurotunnel Chairman & CEO Jacques Gounon said ‘Our Anglo-French vocation is to offer our customers a constantly improving and more competitive transport service. I am confident that we will achieve our goals.’.