VINCI wins a contract in Wales to develop a new section of motorway to the south of the city of Newport

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The Welsh Government has awarded Costain/VINCI Joint Venture (50% Costain and 50% VINCI, represented by Taylor Woodrow and VINCI Construction Grands Projets), the first stage of an ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) contract for the M4 Corridor to the south of the city of Newport. This new 24 km long section of motorway includes a 2.5 km long cable-stayed viaduct above the river Usk, two key interchanges and 36 structures.

This £750 million project will help deliver government aims to improve infrastructure in Wales by making it more efficient, safer and more sustainable.

Development work will commence immediately, a Public Local Inquiry should get under way about 18 months from now and construction, subject approval by the authorities, could start in spring 2018.

VINCI has significant expertise in complex road works. Examples are the widening of the M1 junctions 25 to 28 carried out in
the UK, the East End Crossing in Indiana (United States) currently under construction and the new coastal highway project on Reunion Island, which is just getting under way. It also has substantial expertise in environmental planning and local stakeholder relations (M1 Widening and Bexhill Hastings Link Road in the UK, Tours-Bordeaux high speed rail line and A89 motorway in France).