Atkins has won a three-year contract with Swindon Borough Council to help deliver its highways and infrastructure projects, including developing a key access road.
Work covers transport planning, major infrastructure and continuing professional development training. Significant new infrastructure includes the Southern Connector Road to new housing developments and optimising rapid transit and bus corridors. The Atkins contract is replacing the previous supplier, C2HM Hill.
The planning application for the Southern Connector Road is due to be submitted at Easter. The New Eastern Villages (NEV), which the road will serve, has a total site area of 724 hectares including 8,000 new homes. Works on the road are expected to start in 2019 and will take around 18 months to complete. The cost of this road project, including construction, is currently estimated at £19M.
“We have a five-year plan to improve Swindon’s roads and keep the town moving. The council needs an engineering partner who can provide the skills and expertise to ensure successful delivery, and Atkins is the right choice,” said Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for StreetSmart, highways and transport Cllr Keith Williams.
Atkins managing director of transportation Philip Hoare added: “We are delighted to be working collaboratively with Swindon Borough Council to deliver its five-year plan. We recognise the value of our partnership with the south west and are looking forward to supporting Swindon’s vision to create an effective transport network that enables regional, economic and social development.”
The development comes on the back of a plan to improve access to Swindon from the M4, which saw Hochtief win the contract for the transformation of Junction 16.