Managed motorway scheme will see opening of hard shoulders to improve traffic flows

Balfour Beatty has won a £77.6m contract to improve traffic flow on the M4 and M5 motorways.

The M4/M5 managed motorways scheme will allow the Highways Agency to vary speed limits and open up the hard shoulder during peak periods.

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Traffic flow will be controlled using technology and new operating procedures.

Balfour Beatty chief executive, Ian Tyler, said: “This is an innovative scheme that will assist in bringing greater capacity to our motorway network.

“We are pleased to continue our long relationship with the Highways Agency, and look forward to helping them deliver positive benefits to road users.”

Work is due to start between January and March 2012 with scheme opening to traffic in 2013-14.