Construction giant Carillion has officially signed on the dotted line to carry out the first phase of the Morpeth Northern Bypass after being awarded the contract following a competitive tender process.
The £30m scheme will create a 3.8km long bypass to the north of Morpeth and this initial phase will see Carillion complete the detailed design of the scheme, project managed by Northumberland County Council’s highways team.
At the end of phase one, assuming successful completion and a construction target cost within the available budget, the council has the option to award the construction contract to Carillion.
Construction of the bypass is due to start in the spring of 2015 and is expected to take 18 months to complete.
Andy Brown, operations director at the firm said: “Carillion are delighted to be awarded this contract and to be working with Northumberland County Council. This is in line with our strategy of focusing on larger contracts and on contracts for customers with whom we have built strong long-term relationships.
“It is particularly pleasing to be involved in a scheme that not only benefits the road users and residents of Morpeth and south east Northumberland, but also unlocks valuable land for business development in the area.”