Graham gets go-ahead for M25 upgrade

National Highways’ planning application for the M25 junction 28 improvement scheme has been approved, paving the way for Graham to begin construction.

It is the second time in the space of a week that transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the green light to work on the M25.

Less than a week ago, Shapps granted planning permission for the M25/A3 junction upgrade, which will be undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

The junction 28 scheme is located between Brentwood and Romford, on the border of the London boroughs of Havering and Brentwood. The upgrade involves the construction of four new bridges and is expected to take two years to complete once work begins in the autumn.

A decision on National Highways’ development consent order application was expected in December 2021, but Shapps deferred his ruling “for further consideration of environmental matters”.

The cost of upgrading the junction rose from an estimated £50m to £100m to £124m, when Graham was officially awarded the contract for the job in February 2021. The scheme has also faced opposition from Network Rail, which voiced concerns that it would affect a nearby rail bridge.

National Highways regional delivery director Chris Welby-Everard said: “Our proposals to improve the M25 at junction 28 are good for business and jobs, good for road safety and good for the environment, making journeys safer and more reliable.

“We have listened carefully to the views of all stakeholders and are delighted with today’s announcement.”

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