M25 Community Healthier Highways initiative highlighted by Safer Highways

The M25 Community has successfully launched its Healthier Highways initiative, which is leading the way in the prevention of road worker ill-health.

To successfully manage, operate and maintain the M25 network, Connect Plus works as One Community, leading a group of six main supply chain partners - Jackson Civil Engineering, Osborne, Tarmac, Skanska and R&W Civil Engineering, alongside strategic supply chain partner, Connect Plus Services (CPS). The community is built on strong relationships and an innovative value-driven community culture, which enables the organisations to come together to collectively develop and share like-minded values, behaviours and initiatives. This provides a strong foundation from which to build a strategic approach to worker health protection.

The Healthier Highways initiative was launched at the M25 10-year safety stand down events held earlier this year with over 350 staff from offices, depots and sites across the Community, in attendance. The feedback was very encouraging as many began to grasp the seriousness of health risks.

Elaine Gazzini, Connect Plus Programme and Technical Director and Steve Perkins, MD of Steve Perkins Associates, discuss the initiative in Issue 7 of Safer Highways magazine. The full piece can be found here (pages 12 – 14).


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.
  • For further information please visit https://www.connectplusm25.co.uk/ or follow us at https://twitter.com/cpservices_m25