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Ferrovial-led consortium chosen to complete the Central Scotland motorway network

Category: General / 21 August 2013

Scottish Roads Partnership, a Ferrovial-led consortium, has been chosen as preferred bidder for the design, construction, financing and operation of a major infrastructure project to complete the Central Scotland motorway network.

Scottish Roads Partnership, a Ferrovial-led consortium, has been chosen as preferred bidder for the design, construction, financing and operation of a major infrastructure project to complete the Central Scotland motorway network.

The project has been valued by Transport Scotland at around 415 million pounds (520 million euro) in terms of new construction works. Additionally the contract will secure 33 years of operations and maintenance and investment revenue to the consortium. Ferrovial Agroman, in consortium with Lagan Construction, will deliver the design and construction of the project with Amey undertaking the design work. Amey and Cintra will deliver the operations and maintenance.

The project will complete the motorway network between Glasgow and Edinburgh by upgrading the A8 trunk road between Baillieston and Newhouse to full motorway standards. It also includes work to improve the Raith Interchange and widening key sections of the M8, M73 and M74. Work is expected to begin in the next few months and be completed by spring 2017.

The project includes construction work on 28.6 kilometres of motorway: 12.4 kilometres of new build and 16.2 kilometres to be upgraded. Ferrovial Agroman and Lagan Construction will deliver the construction elements of the project, Cintra and Amey will then manage and maintain the road network and Meridiam and Uberior will provide the essential investment required.

The concession will run for 33 years from the date the contract is signed.

The partnership brings together global infrastructure expertise and construction excellence with a complete operational understanding of the local traffic, liaison and community nuances of the central Scotland motorway network. The consortium has also pledged to support hundreds of local jobs, as well as many more in the supply chain.

A spokesperson for Scottish Roads Partnership, said:

"We are delighted to have been announced as preferred bidder to complete the Central Scotland motorway network. Our ambition is to maintain and build on Transport Scotland's excellence in major infrastructure delivery and network operation. We are committed to keeping the central belt open during construction and minimising disruption to road users whilst we deliver this vital project. We pledge to deliver best value for the Scottish economy by engaging the local supply chain and creating local employment opportunities as well as skills development and training."

Ferrovial, a leading operator of infrastructure and cities, is committed to developing sustainable solutions. The company has 60,000 employees and a presence in over 25 countries. Its main business areas are: Services, Toll Roads, Construction and Airports. It is a member of Spain's blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in prestigious sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good. Ferrovial manages Highway 407 in Toronto, Heathrow Airport, in London, Chicago Skyway, and the Ausol toll road in Spain, among other assets. It also provides municipal services in 150 large cities in Spain and UK.

Scottish Roads Partnership is a Ferrovial-led consortium of Amey, Cintra, Meridiam, Uberior, Ferrovial Agroman, and Lagan Construction.

Cintra, Amey, Meridiam and Uberior are project investors. The construction joint venture is Ferrovial Agroman and Lagan Construction. Amey's role encompasses civil engineering design, and network operation and maintenance.

Cintra and Ferrovial Agroman operate all over the world and through Amey the consortium has over a decade's experience of keeping the central Scotland motorway network moving during major works and international events. Amey, which is part of Ferrovial Services, has unrivalled knowledge of local liaison and engagement with stakeholders in the area, all of whom are a core consideration in SRP's project planning and delivery.

Lagan Construction has also operated throughout Scotland undertaking a range of civil engineering projects over the last number of years. They have a regional office based in Livingston.

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