Support services giant Carillion has won a place on a £260 million infrastructure project to service the region's highways.

The project, won via the Wolverhampton-based company's 50:50 joint venture with Solihull outfit Lafarge Tarmac, has been appointed to the 'Midlands Highway Alliance' framework.

The framework is a collaborative arrangement between 20 local authorities which gives its members quick, standardised access to services for their civil engineering and highway schemes.

The Carillion/Lafarge Tarmac JV has been selected as one of the contractors to deliver the Medium Schemes Framework 2 which has a total value of approximately £260 million over a three-year period and an estimated value of £100 million to the JV.

The alliance also has the option to extend the framework by a further year to June 2018.

The framework will include the delivery of a wide range of projects on behalf of the alliance partners, including the reconfiguration of highway layouts, the construction of road and bridgeworks, resurfacing and associated enabling works.

Carillion's chief executive Richard Howson said: "Our appointment to this framework continues our strong work winning performance in 2014 and supports our view that the outlook in our selected sectors of the UK construction market continues to improve.

"We look forward to working with the alliance partner authorities to deliver important improvements to the highway network in the Midlands."

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