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Volker’s £210m motorway job approved

Transport secretary Mark Harper has given the inexperienced mild for a £210m VolkerFitzpatrick motorway challenge within the South of England.

The contractor will improve Junction 9 of the M3 close to Winchester, Hampshire, after the event consent order was granted.

VolkerFitzpatrick was appointed to the scheme again in 2022 however an examination of the proposals by the Planning Inspectorate took 14 months.

Harper acquired the physique’s advice to approve the scheme three months in the past and rubber-stamped the challenge this week.

Throughout peak durations, greater than 6,000 autos can go by the junction in an hour.

The improve will create 4 lanes of operating site visitors in every path in addition to a free-flow hyperlink between the motorway and the A34.

VolkerFitzpatrick will even construct three new bridges, rearrange the principle junction roundabout and supply new underpasses and different buildings.

Current sub-base shall be examined and relaid, and the contractor mentioned measures are in place to minimise ecological influence on the encircling space, together with the South Downs Nationwide Park.

The agency pledged to interact with close by main faculties and subcontractors from the encircling space.

Nationwide Highways has been progressing land and utility surveys throughout the planning course of to additional detailed design work, with some in a single day highway closures happening.

Work on the principle challenge may start on web site early subsequent 12 months.