Transport for London (TfL) has awarded five new contracts as part of its Surface Transport Infrastructure Construction Framework, which will help ensure walking and cycling projects continue to be delivered to a high standard and that the capital’s road network has safe and well-maintained infrastructure for years to come.
TfL operates London’s network of red routes, which are the busiest roads in the capital, consisting of five per cent of all roads but carrying 30 per cent of the traffic.
TfL is responsible for building and maintaining a variety of infrastructure as part of this vital network, which plays a hugely important role in supporting millions of journeys every day, as well as much of the freight that is the lifeblood of the local, regional and national economy. This will be more important than ever as London’s economy starts to reopen following the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.
The new contracts will be used to deliver schemes to boost walking and cycling across the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), including future projects to expand London’s growing network of high-quality Cycleways. These projects will be vital to enabling more people in the capital to make journeys by bike and on foot, which will help to cut congestion, air pollution and road danger across London.
The new contracts also cover renewals work on much of the infrastructure that the Transport for London Road Network depends on, including its bridges, road tunnels and river assets. Renewals work typically takes place every few years and is more significant than day to day maintenance, for which separate contracts are awarded. The contracts also cover the construction of enhancements to these assets where needed. Contractors will be asked to deliver early input, design and construction work through the framework.
The five companies awarded contracts as part of the framework are:
- Costain Limited
- Eurovia Infrastructure Limited
- FM Conway Limited
- Tarmac Kier JV
- VolkerFitzpatrick Limited
The framework runs for six years from April 2021 until March 2027, for use by TfL, London Boroughs and other authorities whose developments impact on the TfL Road Network.
Nick Fairholme, TfL’s Director of Project and Programme Delivery, said: “Our network of red routes are the arteries of London’s road network and play a vital role in helping people get around the capital safely, whether they are walking, cycling, getting the bus or driving.