Highways England launching tunneling works valued at £40m

7th February 2020

Highways England is looking for a provider for a tunneling services framework. The value of this contract is £40 million.


As the government body in charge of operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads, Highways England is launching this framework. As a 14.5-mile scheme, the Lower Thames Crossing project comprises of 2 bored tunnels beneath the River Thames with interconnecting link roads to the M25, A13 and A2. At 16 metres in diameter, the tunnels will be some of the largest bored tunnels in the world. The crossing will feature 3 lanes in both directions with a maximum speed limit of 70 mph the Lower Thames Crossing is the largest single road investment project in the UK since the M25 was completed more than 30 years ago. At 2.4 miles, each tunnel will be the longest in the country.


Highways England would like to identify potential suppliers interested in receiving spoil arising from the North Portal and Tunnels excavation and its subsequent disposal. The scope of works will require the supplier to take delivery of spoil from the working area sited on the north bank of the Thames.


The estimated date of publication of contract notice is 25 March.



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