Costain scoops £138m Simister Island job

30 June 2021 | Construction

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Costain has won the contract to deliver a £138m upgrade to the M60 Simister Island interchange.

Costain will take charge of design and construction work at the interchange that connects the M60, M62 and M66 in Manchester. The project will include a new link between the eastbound and southbound roads on the M60, a new link from the northbound to the westbound parts of the M60, and will expand the southbound leg of the M66. Jacobs is working as a delivery partner on the scheme.

Highways England said the improvements will cut congestion on the interchange, which is used by about 90,000 vehicles every day.

A public consultation on the plans is set to commence in the winter with a planning application due to be submitted in 2022. Construction work could begin in spring 2025, subject to approval.

The project is part of Highways England’s road investment strategy 2 (RIS2), which is worth £27.4bn in total. RIS2 also includes the Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent, and the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine in the north-west.

Campaign group Transport Action Network took the government to court over its RIS2 strategy, on environmental grounds. The case began in the High Court today.

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