Esh Construction secures contract to build a new southern junction on the M181 with Government cash

Council News
17:30, Friday, 17th May 2024

A multi-million-pound contract has been awarded to Esh Construction to develop the next major investment on North Lincolnshire’s road network – a new southern junction on the M181.

Following the successful tender process, the appointment will mean a bypass for Burringham now moves a step closer in reducing congestion at Berkeley Circle, cutting commuting times to and from Scunthorpe and unlocking land for new homes.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We must thank our local MPs Andrew Percy and Holly Mumby-Croft for supporting us to receive this money from the Government through the levelling up agenda.

“Over the last few months, we have met with ministers and officials to enable the council to start this exciting new development and is the second major investment in the motorway in recent years.

“This is a vital piece of infrastructure that will improve connectivity for residents. Its impact will be felt by drivers using Berkeley Circle, commuters coming from Bottesford, Ashby and Messingham and the people living in Burringham.”

It comes after a new junction was completed further north along the same route.

Esh Construction is due to commence work at the end of next month with work expected to be completed in spring 2025.

Steven Garrigan, Divisional Director at Esh Construction, said: “This contract award builds on the success of our work delivering the northern junction, which we completed in 2021.

“Throughout the scheme we will deliver a bespoke package of social value initiatives which are designed to maximise the social and economic benefits for the local community. This will include opportunities for the local supply chain, delivering employability and engagement sessions within schools and colleges, funding towards charitable causes, as well as offering work experience and training opportunities for those keen to gain an insight into the industry.”

North Lincolnshire Council is leading the project with cash from the Government through National Highways.