The M5 is a motorway in the United Kingdom. It starts at Birmingham and connects the cities of Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, and Taunton. It ends at Exeter, at the junction with Route A38. The M5 is the main motorway in southwestern England.
The project consisted in turning a 3-lane carriageway into a 4-lane carriageway on the M5, between junctions 4a and 6 southwest of Birmingham. This is the first contract awarded as part of Highway England’s Smart Motorway Programme.
The Programme’s objective is to ease traffic flow by increasing the capacity of existing roads, without resorting to widening schemes, through the smart use of the emergency lane and variable speed limits.
Highways England, the country’s motorways authority, awarded to a joint-venture consisting of VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK, and Balfour Beatty, this initial contract designed to transform this section of the M5 into a smart motorway.