The Skanska Balfour Beatty joint venture which is upgrading the M25 between junctions 5 and 7 near Godstone on the Kent-Surrey border has donated £5,000 to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
More than 40 per cent of the air ambulance’s call-outs involve road collisions or other incidents, many on motorways. Skanska Balfour Beatty managing director David Blackburn said: “We work on the busiest motorway in Europe at all times of the day and night and the safety of our people and those who use the M25 is vital to us.”
He adde: We are delighted to be able to continue our ongoing commitment to support the work of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to look after all those who work on and use the M25 and surrounding road network.”
The £123 million ‘Smart Motorways’ project, which includes the construction of a fourth lane to widen the motorway and installation of new gantries, had at its peak more than 300 workers working day and night on the Godstone site alongside fast-moving traffic but without any reported accidents.
As with the work of the air ambulance, safety was always a high priority on the project and employees achieved over one million hours at work without experiencing any reportable injuries.
Director of communications at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, Jill Playle, said: “Each call-out of the helicopter costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum donated by Skanska and Balfour Beatty will fund two potentially life-saving missions.
“The pilot, doctor and paramedic are frequently called to industrial and work-related accidents so it’s encouraging to know that this money was donated as a result of such an outstanding safety record.”