Vinci poised for €750m French road concession

Vinci Concessions has been named preferred bidder for a 55-year concession contract for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the A355 western Strasbourg bypass.

Vinci Concessions, a subsidiary of French construction giant Vinci, has been named by the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing as preferred bidder for the concession contract for the A355 western Strasbourg bypass.

The 55-year contract covers the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a new 24-kilometre section of tolled motorway which bypasses the eastern French city of Strasbourg to the north and west through the Kochersberg region, linking the A4 to the A35/A352 junction.

According to a statement from Vinci, the two-lane dual carriageway “may be widened to three lanes in each direction without additional land take”. The statement adds that total investment for the project amounts to around €750 million.

The design-build part of the project will include three Vinci companies – Vinci Construction, Eurovia and Vinci Energies – and is expected to take 52 months. Operation and maintenance will be carried out by Vinci Autoroutes, with remuneration to come from tolls collected.

Last week, Vinci and its consortium partners GDF Suez and CDC Infrastructure submitted bids to the French government to develop 3,000 megawatts of wind energy off the French coast. The consortium said it would bid on four of the five zones identified by the government as having potential: Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados), Dieppe-Le Tréport (Seine-Maritime, Somme), Fécamp (Seine-Maritime) and Saint-Brieuc (Côtes d’Armor).