Galliford Try will design new roads for a major junction near Cheltenham.
The construction firm has entered into an early contractor involvement (ECI) agreement with Gloucestershire County Council for improvement works on M5 Junction 10.
Galliford’s plans will see the addition of new link and slip roads to reduce congestion on the motorway and turn Junction 10 into an ‘all-movements signalised junction’.
National Highways is also working with the council on the development and estimates that work will start in 2024 and be complete in late 2025.
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The new junction will include the following improvements:
- A new slip road on the M5 southbound.
- A new slip road off the M5 northbound.
- A new link road connecting the A4019 to the B4634 in west Cheltenham.
- Widening of the A4019 Tewkesbury Road.
Financially, the council has secured £249 million for the scheme from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).
Regarding its objectives, the scheme is part of the broader infrastructure plan for the council’s housing and economic development in Cheltenham and neighbouring boroughs.
Earlier this year, developments began on phase one of the Cheltenham ‘Swindon Farm’ project, which will see the construction of 266 homes.
Led by Persimmon Homes, the whole programme aims to build 4,115 new homes and commercial and community facilities spanning 10 hectares.
Managing director of Galliford Try’s highways business, David Lowery, said, “We are delighted and honoured to deliver this significantly important major infrastructure project.
“This opportunity truly plays to our strengths to work collaboratively in integrated project teams to drive value early in the process and ensure the project delivers on its strategic outcomes.”
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