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November 4, 2019

Considerate Constructors Scheme – the scores are in!

Following our Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) assessment last week, we are delighted to announce that we have scored 44 out of 50. This is two points higher than last year and equates to 4.5 stars out of 5.

November 1, 2019

Revamp for M25/A2 junction in Kent now complete

A 15-month upgrade to one of the M25’s busiest junctions has now been completed, Highways England announced.
Junction 2 on the M25, which is also known as The Darenth interchange and links the M25 with the A2 in Kent has been upgraded in a £6m project to improve traffic flow and reduce collisions.

October 25, 2019

Sofia Athanassiou Recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering

    Sofia Athanassiou Recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering Sofia Athanassiou, Commercial Director at Connect Plus (CP), has been announced as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector. The list, which is produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial…

June 28, 2019

HELMA 2019 – CPS continues to drive business efficiencies

Connect Plus Services (M25) recently completed its annual two-day Highways England Lean Maturity Assessment (known as HELMA), where organisations in the Highways England supply chain can determine the extent to which they have introduced, adopted and grown the use of lean principles, methodologies, tools and techniques.

June 24, 2019

Transforming The Future

As part of International Women in Engineering Day, the global awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering, Connect Plus Services visited the Leigh UTC and Wilmington Academy, in Dartford.

April 17, 2019

Dartford ranks amongst the very top-performing sites

Connect Plus Services’ Dartford depot has been awarded a score of 44 (out of 50) by the Considerate Construction Scheme (CCS) following an assessment of its performance against the Code of Considerate Construction.

February 25, 2019

Connect Plus Services continues engagement with local schools

Connect Plus Services (CPS) regularly works with local communities to educate young people on the varied career opportunities available in the engineering industry. The past month has been no exception, with a number of engagement activities taking place.

December 14, 2018

CPS raises the bar for considerate construction

The Considerate Constructor Scheme (CCS) has awarded Connect Plus Services (CPS) excellent and exceptional scoring against each of the categories – appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce.

November 19, 2018

Give gritters space to work

During severe weather, drivers are urged to maintain a sensible distance to the gritters and to only pass them when it’s safe to do so.

November 16, 2018

Connect Plus Services Armed Forces Recruitment

Robert Haddow, North West Operations and Maintenance Manager, speaks about his military career and how opportunities for service leavers to network with potential employers opened the doors to Connect Plus Services.

September 27, 2018

National Inclusion Week in CPS

It’s National Inclusion Week and, here at Connect Plus Services, we are working to maximise employee engagement and create a truly inclusive culture. Read more to watch the videos of our team discussing the importance of #EverydayInclusion at Connect Plus Services.

July 18, 2018

CPS in Bloom

CPS in Bloom took place at a number of schools around our M25 network – including West Ashtead Primary School in Leatherhead, Holy Cross Primary School in Thurrock, and The Dartford Bridge Primary School in Dartford.

April 6, 2018

Network excellence – Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS)

When the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) visits one of our depots, the monitor assesses our commitment to the Code of Considerate Conduct, specifically the areas of Appearance, Community, Environment, Safety and Workforce.

March 9, 2018

1 million hours – and a Blue Star

Last week was a very challenging week but also a very positive one. We achieved the 1 million hour mark – both RIDDOR and lost time injury FREE.

March 9, 2018

International Women’s Day

We were so pleased to host another incredible International Women’s Day in some of our depots. And for a good cause too!

December 12, 2017

Highest standards of industry good practice in Denham

Denham received its third visit of the year from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) this month and it was noted that the depot is “complying with the very highest standards of industry good practice and aims of the CCS Scheme.”

December 7, 2017

CPS gives TLC to YHA

Our HSEQ team has been doling out some much needed TLC to support YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills.

December 5, 2017

Maths + M25 = Maths25

CPS has launched a maths club at the Dartford Bridge Primary School. STEM ambassador Moses Ajala and communications business partner Cintia Bailey have started Maths25, in an attempt to make maths fun for pupils at the school.

December 5, 2017

Swanley depot is presented in an “exceptional condition”

The Swanley depot received its third visit from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) in November. Any site that registers with the Scheme makes a commitment to meet the minimum requirements of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice in these categories: appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce.

October 6, 2017

Customer Focus

We’re celebrating customer services week with stories from across our business of are customer focus #CSWEEK2017

August 8, 2017

Leatherhead keeps its previous excellent score

Our Leatherhead depot in Surrey received its second visit from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) at the end of July. Monitors assess our commitment to the Code of Considerate Conduct, specifically the areas of Appearance, Community, Environment, Safety and Workforce.

July 24, 2017

Kids’ car games

Lots of us here at Connect Plus Services are parents, as well as drivers. With summer getaways on the horizon, we thought we’d share some of our car games with you, helping to keep your travellers occupied, and helping you to concentrate on your journey.

June 30, 2017

The cost of fly tipping

It looks unsightly and can be a hazard. CPS explains the full cost behind fly tipping on its road network.

June 23, 2017

Celebrating our amazing women

To celebrate international women in engineering day, we have spoken to some of the ladies working with us on the M25. Here’s what they had to say.

June 19, 2017

Battle training at Darford

Battle Fire & Rescue carried out rescue at height training on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford

June 16, 2017

Another first at Dartford

CPS delivers a first at the Dartford River Crossing, devising and implementing a contraflow, seeing two-way traffic on the QEII Bridge for the first time in its 25 year history.

May 18, 2017

Swanley maintains excellence

The Swanley depot received its second visit from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) this month and we have achieved, or rather maintained, an excellent score in all categories.

April 24, 2017

Cycling to remember ‘office godmother’

A 30-strong team of cyclists from Connect Plus, and community friends, is taking on a tough cycling challenge in memory of their former business manager.

April 21, 2017

Denham depot continues to build on excellent standard

Our Denham depot in Uxbridge received its second visit of the year from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) this month and once again, complies with the very highest standards of industry good practice and aims of the CCS scheme.

April 18, 2017

Stop. Make A Change.

Today marks the start of the Stop. Make a Change campaign, aimed at promoting health and wellbeing in the infrastructure industry.

April 18, 2017

Scratchwood maintains excellence rating

Our Scratchwood depot has maintained its Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) score, following the second monitor’s visit of the year earlier this month.

April 5, 2017

Manholes mean money for Macmillan

As unlikely as it might sound, manholes have meant money for CPS’ nominated charity, Macmillan. Connect Plus Services (CPS) has engaged Techjoint Limited to replace manholes on the M25, part of its 440km road network.

April 5, 2017

CPS at the leading edge

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded ISO 27001 certification for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

January 17, 2017

CPS’ future engineers

Choosing GCSE options can be a very difficult decision for students and Connect Plus Services helped the Leigh Academies Trust to support them in picking their future career path.

January 12, 2017

Connect Plus Services star rated certificate for 2016

Connect Plus Services has received its Considerate Constructors Star Rated Certificate for 2016. The Scheme provides star rating certificates for registered companies and suppliers which reflect performance in the preceding calendar year.

December 22, 2016

Blunts Farm demonstrates “tremendous effort in all categories”

Our Blunts Farm depot received its first visit of the annual cycle from the Considerate Constructors Scheme recently. The monitor commented that CPS was deserving of its CCS 2016 Most Considerate Company (£10m+) award, based on the tremendous effort displayed in all categories.

December 21, 2016

M25 unveils its newly named winter fleet

Connect Plus Services, which operates the M25 road network on behalf of Highways England, asked its customers to name its winter fleet at the beginning of December.

December 20, 2016

Operation Upminster tackles hard shoulder parking on M25

In December, Connect Plus Services and Highways England joined forces with Essex Police to embark on phase two of Operation Upminster, an initiative to enforce against vehicles parking illegally on the motorway hard shoulder between junctions 27 (M11) and 31 (Lakeside), in Essex.

December 16, 2016

Super Trouper

This month Connect Plus Services (CPS) took delivery of four brand new Incident Support Unit (ISU) vehicles, designed especially for use on the M25 network.

December 14, 2016

A winter’s tale

With winter well and truly here, we all need to be prepared for wetter, windier and colder weather with the added hazards associated with shorter daylight hours.

December 8, 2016

Name our winter fleet vote now live

We had grit expectations when we launched our competition to name our winter fleet, but snow one expected the flurry of responses we got. We’ve salted through the veritable drifts of suggestions you’ve made and we now need your help to choose the last:    The shortlist:   ·         Sir Gritalot ·         Snoel Gallagher ·        …

November 17, 2016

Get to snow us…

We’re breaking the ice this winter by inviting you to name our winter fleet.

November 11, 2016

CPS recognised as Most Considerate Company

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has recognised Connect Plus Services as Most Considerate Company in the £10m and over category of its 2016 National Awards.

June 29, 2016

Mapping our way to sustainability

We are using a critical tool to ensure that our ongoing maintenance of the M25 has minimal adverse impacts on the environment

May 19, 2016

Ellie is a winner!

“Excellent performance, Fantastic attitude, Achieves results” – Ellie wins a prestigious Emerging Talent award

May 19, 2016

Stop the drop!

Connect Plus Services and Essex Police join forces as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the amount of waste dropped on the A13 and A1089 in Thurrock.

May 10, 2016

Helping Highways England go green

We’ve installed an electric vehicle charging point at our Dartford depot in Kent to support an eco-friendly vehicle trial by Highways England.

March 31, 2016

Our Keith’s a Record Breaker!

Keith cycled alongside double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell and a host of celebrities to smash a world record!

February 9, 2016

Swanley on top of their game!

“NVQ assessments at Swanley have gone brilliantly, a great team, highly skilled and on top of their game!”

December 22, 2015

The magic of a CPS Christmas

‘Tis the season of giving… and staff at Connect Plus Services have shown their Christmas spirit by giving, oh so generously!

November 30, 2015

“Excellent and exceptional” Blunts Farm

Hot on the heels of our recent Silver National Award, our Blunts Farm depot has been praised as “excellent and exceptional” by the Considerate Constructor Scheme

November 9, 2015

CPS raises the bar for considerate construction

CPS has demonstrated “exceptional and ongoing commitment to considerate construction and an appreciation of the impact of its work on the community, the environment and its workforce.”

October 20, 2015

QEII Bridge scheme wins another industry award

The QEII Bridge joint replacement scheme is voted “a triumph for the industry and another example of how Connect Plus, Connect Plus Services and its framework are turning innovation into best practice on the M25.”

October 14, 2015

Courage and charity at Connect Plus Services

In May, four members of our Swanley team donated to Ward 5 at the Evelina Hospital in London. This is the story behind why Evelina is so dear to our hearts.

September 23, 2015

CPS Emergency Response Teams go live

We have introduced Emergency Response Teams (ERT), multi-skilled operatives who can cover the majority of the demands required during a secondary response call on our network.

August 18, 2015

Ellie aims, and scores, high!

“I know that being a graduate trainee will provide additional training opportunities and is a great start to my career with Connect Plus Services.”

May 26, 2015

CPS recognised as a considerate constructor

Our Leatherhead depot (M25, Junction 9) has just received an accolade from the Considerate Constructor Scheme (CCS) for “performance beyond compliance”.

April 13, 2015

Dart Charge

New footage has been released that shows the removal of the northbound payment barriers at the Dartford Crossing.