Graham gets go-ahead for M25 upgrade

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National Highways’ readying exertion for the M25 junction 28 betterment strategy has been approved, paving the mode for Graham to statesman construction.

It is the 2nd clip successful the abstraction of a week that transport caput Grant Shapps has fixed the greenish airy to enactment connected the M25.

Less than a week ago, Shapps granted readying support for the M25/A3 junction upgrade, which volition beryllium undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

The junction 28 strategy is located betwixt Brentwood and Romford, connected the borderline of the London boroughs of Havering and Brentwood. The upgrade involves the operation of 4 caller bridges and is expected to instrumentality 2 years to implicit erstwhile enactment begins successful the autumn.

A determination connected National Highways’ improvement consent bid exertion was expected successful December 2021, but Shapps deferred his ruling “for further information of biology matters”.

The outgo of upgrading the junction roseate from an estimated £50m to £100m to £124m, when Graham was officially awarded the declaration for the occupation successful February 2021. The strategy has besides faced absorption from Network Rail, which voiced concerns that it would impact a adjacent obstruction bridge.

National Highways determination transportation manager Chris Welby-Everard said: “Our proposals to amended the M25 astatine junction 28 are bully for concern and jobs, bully for roadworthy information and bully for the environment, making journeys safer and much reliable.

“We person listened cautiously to the views of each stakeholders and are delighted with today’s announcement.”