Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup to lead £1.5M studies into Northern road network

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup are to lead two studies that have been set up to address what Highways England describes as some of the North’s biggest road challenges.

Arup has won a contract worth just over £1M to look at how the transport network to the northwest of Manchester could be improved from the perspective of both roads and public transport. Areas they will examine include the M60 from junctions 8 to 18 and the M62 from junctions 9 to 12.

The £500,000 contract given to WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is to examine the case for turning the A66 or A69, or both roads, into dual carriageways as well as other improvements. The company will lead the project as a joint venture that includes Halcrow, TRL and Steer Davies Gleave.

The studies are part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy. They have been commissioned by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North.

Highways England divisional director of strategic planning Nigel Edwards said: “These two studies could lead to major benefits across the North and I’m pleased we’ve now reached the stage where we can appoint specialist companies to start this process.

“A new dual carriageway, providing a direct link between Cumbria and the North East, would mean businesses would no longer have to rely solely on the M62 to travel quickly between the two regions.

“We’re already creating a smart motorway on the busiest stretch of the M60 in Greater Manchester, but the new strategic study will look at what else can be done to alleviate congestion in this part of the region.”

In July a joint venture between Mouchel and Hyder was awarded £1.3M for trans-Pennine tunnel study. All three studies are due to be completed by the end of 2016.

Readers' comments (2)

  • People in the West Midlands are waiting for more emphasis being put on its infrastructure and development in line with that of the North. A regional study is urgently required to address the traffic congestion in the region including the amount of through traffic using the M6 & A5 and the waste of the Toll Road. If the tolls were removed (requiring Highways England to compensate Midland Expressway Ltd. for the remaining 36 years on the agreement) this would dramatically reduce the amount of traffic on the M6 and postpone the requirement for the Managed Motorway being installed at present. The delay cost would more than pay the compensation costs to ME Ltd.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • John Greiller

    Arup's contract to look at improvement of the transport network to the northwest of Manchester will be delivered in partnership with the Mouchel-Hyder joint venture already delivering the trans-Pennine tunnel study. The team will be led by Mouchel and Hyder personnel and includes KPMG and Systra.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.