Capacity and fluidity.
London’s orbital motorway, the M25, is a critical infrastructure asset for personal and goods transport into and around the capital. To improve capacity in the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012, Highways England awarded a 30-year Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO) contract to Connect Plus, a consortium formed by Egis, Balfour Beatty, Skanska and Atkins. The operations and maintenance scope of the contract is delivered by subsidiary Connect Plus Services.
The first challenge of the project was to widen 63 km of motorway prior to the 2012 Olympics. Throughout the 30-year duration of this PPP contract, we are also responsible for investing approximately £1.7 billion (€2 billion) in lifecycle renewals. Operating the M25 additionally includes the administration of the tolled Dartford crossing, northbound through the twin-tube tunnel and southbound over the QEII Bridge. We successfully converted the toll crossing to the electronic Dart Charge in November 2014, resulting in free-flow traffic and improved journey times. We also fully deployed variable speed limits along the full length of the M25.
Connect Plus Services at a glance:
- 700 staff at Connect Plus Services spread across 7 operational depots, tasked with keeping the network safe and reliable
- 2620 incidents attended each year with average response time of 10 minutes in peak periods
- 27 winter maintenance vehicles (and 5 spares) responsible for spreading on average 13,000 of salt per year