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WSP wins job on £104M smart motorway scheme

M62 J26 to J27 - Dynamic Hardshoulder Running

WSP has been appointed as design partner to support a Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall joint venture (bmJV) on the M62 J10 to J12 smart motorway scheme.

The scheme is being delivered in a two stage design to upgrade the M62 between Warrington (J10) and Manchester (J12).

WSP will provide engineering and design services including highways, Geotech, structures and environment.

It will also give specialist advice from its intelligent transport services team to upgrade the 14.4km stretch of motorway.

WSP will be supported by Aecom, 4way and Ramboll.

The motorway is being upgraded to transform the section of road into an all lane running smart motorway - permanently converting the hard shoulder into a running lane to add additional capacity.

New traffic technology will also be implemented to help enhance safety, reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic including variable speed limits, queue detection and automatic signalling system and CCTV and monitoring equipment.

Driver information including lane availability will be provided through a mixture of gantries and cantilever signals with refuge areas where drivers can stop in an emergency.

BmJV was awarded the contract in December 2017 through the Highways England Collaborative Delivery Framework. WSP’s subsequent appointment by bmJV is one of the first smart motorway schemes to be awarded under Highways England’s new ‘design and build’ procurement model.

WSP smart roads programme director Phil Barton commented: “The scheme will help facilitate economic growth within the region by providing much needed capacity on this busy stretch of motorway, reducing the cost of delays to both commuters and business traffic.

“We are delighted to have been selected as bmJV’s design partner on one of the first design and build smart motorway schemes. This represents another significant appointment for WSP as we continue to both support Highways England’s Smart Motorways Programme and strengthen our position within the Design and Build market place.”

The appointment is the latest smart motorways win for WSP, which is currently working on a number of schemes including the M4 (J3 – 12); M6 (J21a – 26); M27 (J4-11), M62 (J20 – 25) and A1M (J6-8).

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