Skanska wins major A46 upgrade in England

Construction on the deal worth almost €404.5 million is scheduled to start in 2025.
Highway & Network Management / September 2, 2022 1 minute Read
By David Arminas
The A46 Newark Bypass project will deliver a dual carriageway (image © Nikolay Tsuguliev/Dreamstime)

National Highways has awarded Swedish construction company Skanska a contract to upgrade a 6.6km stretch of the A46 road in the English Midlands region.

Construction on the deal worth almost €404.5 million is scheduled to start in 2025 with completion in 2028. Skanska said it will start design work this year.

The A46 Newark Bypass project will deliver a dual carriageway A46 bypass, providing two lanes in each direction, between the Farndon and Winthorpe junctions. Works will also include the construction of a five-arm roundabout at Winthorpe and traffic lights at Farndon junction to improve traffic flows during peak hours. A new bridge will be built over the A1 and a flyover installed at Cattle Market.

The A46 Newark Bypass connects the M1 motorway and Leicester city to the A1 trunk road  and central Lincolnshire county. This project will provide a more reliable and resilient road network.

National Highways has also outlined plans to invest nearly €231 million in road improvement schemes across the Midlands region including on the motorways M1, M6, A43 and M5.

National Highways, formerly the Highways Agency and later Highways England, is a UK government-owned agency charged with operating, maintaining and improving motorways and major A roads in England only. It also sets highways standards used by all four UK national administrations – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - through the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.

Meanwhile, the northwestern English county of Cumbria has issued a tender for work on the 8km-long Carlisle Southern Link Road. The county council expects the project to cost around €176.7 million and is expected to be finished in March next year.

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