Cost reduction, reliability and safety are attributes that both organisations value highly. We have a huge amount of knowledge and experience that can be used to help the Highways Agency delivers on its commitments in these areas.
By operating across many markets, often in partnership, we are exposed to varied demands, drivers and expectations. We use this to help the Highways Agency drive efficiencies and ultimately reduce costs to meet government savings targets.
The UK’s greenest company, as named by The Sunday Times in 2011, Skanska also brings the benefits of its expertise in sustainable construction and maintenance to the highways sector.
Building better roads
Our flagship contract is the M25 improvement programme, one of the world's busiest motorways. This mega infrastructure project, working in joint venture with Balfour Beatty, was completed in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The team delivered the £1 billion widening project several weeks early – along with significant savings, shared with the Highways Agency. The challenging, fast-track programme of £1 million turnover per day over a three year period was achieved with minimal disruption to traffic flows.
The project team is now delivering the £321 million later upgraded sections of the M25.
Keeping the network moving
Around 4 million customers rely on the UK network everyday, so making sure it is working properly is a constant challenge. Skanska understands these issues and has put measures in place to ensure road users are informed and have safe and reliable journeys.
Our comprehensive highways maintenance service includes planned and reactive maintenance, highway improvement schemes, winter maintenance, emergency response and horticulture management.
In joint venture with Atkins, Skanska is delivering the Asset Support Contract Area 2, a five-year contract with the Highways Agency. It covers design and maintenance of motorways and major A roads in the south-west of England. This new form of contract replaced the previous managing agent contractor model, with the aim of delivering substantial maintenance savings.
Skanska has more than 30 years’ experience of highways maintenance in the UK and is able to draw on the company’s extensive global capability. In Sweden, for example, Skanska is responsible for the operation and maintenance of parts of the Swedish road network. Teams work around the clock, every day of the year, providing winter maintenance, traffic control devices and signage, road maintenance, road sweeping and landscaping services.