Wolverhampton construction firm Carillion has been appointed as one of four framework contractors to deliver the first phase of the Highways Agency’s £2 billion Managed Motorways programme.

Managed motorway schemes involve the installation of variable speed limits and hard shoulder running to reduce congestion and improve safety during peak periods.

Carillion chief executive John McDonough said agreeing the deal was a major boost for the company. He added: “We are delighted to have been selected for this important framework programme, for which we will utilise our core strengths in support services together with our construction capabilities.

“We look forward to working with the Highways Agency with whom we already have a strong relationship as an established supplier of long-term highway maintenance and other technology services, and to using the experience we have developed from delivering the Birmingham Box Managed Motorways project.”

The news came a day after Balfour Beatty announced it had been named as one of the four delivery partners for the Highways Agency’s framework contract to deliver its Managed Motorways schemes.