Mott Sweco JV land smart motorway projects

Highways England has appointed Mott MacDonald Sweco Joint Venture (MMS JV) to develop the design elements of two smart motorway schemes in the south of England.

As part of the programme, MMS JV will design a range of innovative technology solutions, including message signs and signals, CCTV, vehicle detection and variable mandatory speed limit enforcement cameras between junctions 4-11 of the M27 and junctions 9-14 of the M3.

Aimed at increasing capacity and reducing congestion on 470km of its busiest motorway network, Highways England is converting the existing hard shoulders into extra running lanes and introducing Emergency Refuge Areas (ERA).

Additional new technology will be introduced to control vehicle speeds, manage congestion and assist incident management.

MMS JV contract director John Owens, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Highways England to deliver this phase of its smart motorways plan as part of its collaborative delivery framework. Being awarded this latest smart motorways project is testament to the expertise of our transportation team and the quality of our service delivery.”

Established in 2010, MMS JV has already been involved in improvement works around junction 10 of the M20 motorway in Kent, the introduction of smart motorway on the M5 in the Midlands and the A160/A180 Port of Immingham improvement scheme in Grimsby. In 2016 the MMS JV was appointed by Transport Scotland to upgrade the A96 Hardmuir to Fochabers between Inverness and Aberdeen.

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