Connect Plus and CPS secure finalist position at Construction News Awards 2024

Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services (CPS) are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted in the 2024 Construction News Awards.


Together we have been recognised for our innovative work with Alchera to extend working windows on the M25 network in the ‘Best use of technology’ category.

Connect Plus and CPS have completed successful trials with technology partner Alchera to extend working windows based on traffic flow data. This process will enhance our ability to deliver works efficiently, which will result in the network being closed less often for scheduled works.

Connect Plus and CPS expect the benefits from using this technology to be the equivalent of the entire M25 being open for an additional 5 days per year, and an estimated 6% more road maintenance works to be completed per annum. This will support our focus on better, safer roads for all.

The annual Construction News Awards showcase and celebrate the very best in the industry. Marking their 28th year, these awards have become the most prestigious and coveted awards in our sector. The categories are designed to celebrate amazing projects, technical innovations and forward-thinking companies including the biggest contractors and businesses in the sector.

The awards are being held on Thursday 11th July 2024.


Notes to Editors

About Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services

  • Over 10 years ago, Highways England awarded Connect Plus the contract to operate and manage the M25 and its key arterial link roads.
  • Connect Plus is a consortium that includes Edge Orbital Holdings Ltd, Balfour Beatty and Egis Road Operation UK - a unique partnership with a collective strength in highways maintenance and management.
  • Connect Plus Services (CPS), is Connect Plus’ specialist and strategic supply chain partner responsible for operations and maintenance, bringing together the collective strength and expertise of its parent companies, Balfour Beatty, Atkins and Egis Road Operation UK.
  • With a workforce of around 600 people, based at seven locations around the network, CPS carries out routine maintenance, and whole-life management of thousands of M25 assets. CPS manages the operation of the network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including a severe weather season maintenance programme.
  • Over the past 10 years, collectively we’ve delivered over £1.4bn worth of road improvements and junction enhancements, and we’re continually exploring new and innovative ways to deliver safer, more reliable journeys for our customers. Together, we’re passionate about delivering the long-term needs of the M25 and improving the driving experience for all our customers.
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