Balfour seeks partners for £1.3bn Trans-Pennine project


The deadline to be part of a £1.3 billion infrastructure programme is looming.  

Credit: National Highways.

Balfour Beatty is seeking subcontractors to deliver various works and services packages on the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project, across multi-year contracts. 

The major project involves dualling single carriageway sections, as well as key junction improvements, between M6 Junction 40 (Penrith) and the A1 at Scotch Corner, a more than 50-mile section of road across mountainous terrain.    

Balfour, Costain, Keltbray and Kier were appointed to the project, dubbed “one of the most critical road upgrades in the north”, in October last year – however Costain’s highways division was subsequently pulled from the project in what appeared to be a mutually agreed contractual review between National Highways and Costain.   

Contracts and values 

  • Earthworks: £147 million 
  • Pavement construction: £116 million 
  • Steel structures: £42 million 
  • Traffic management: £34 million 

“We will use the Build UK Common Assessment Criteria (CAS) to ensure a consistent minimum business competence,” a tender notice reads. “If your company possesses necessary qualifications and is interested in bidding for this project, please get in touch with your company’s portfolio, relevant experience, and references for further evaluation.” 

The deadline for submissions is 6 November 2023, with works scheduled to start in January 2024, subject to government approval. 

Interested firms should contact: A66ExpressionOfInterest@balfourbeatty.com 

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