The M6 2-4 project is a standout scheme in several areas. The scheme takes on board Highways England’s three imperatives: safety, delivery and customer in order to have an inspired and committed team to deliver a project successfully.
The NR Research, Development and Innovation team set has taken innovation from niche to driving force for the future of Britain’s railway. The team, now 40 strong, was assembled by Senior Programme Manager Ali Smith for its diversity, resilience, skills, drive and above all their ability to build relationships and be inclusive. The underlying belief is that through helping colleagues across Network Rail (NR) and partner organisations collaborate it can unlock their potential to transform Britain’s railway infrastructure.
The £10m A585 Norcross Roundabout Scheme saw client, designer and contractors work effectively together under Highways England’s new Asset Delivery (AD) style contracts, where collaboration and teamwork is the cornerstone of delivery. This included a number of Lot contractors from the AD Construction Works Framework (CWF).
The team on the M23 J8-10 SMP are delivering a complex scheme for Highways England valued at £197m. It is 17km long, including the extremely busy Gatwick Airport spur road. It upgrades the existing three lane motorway to four lanes ‘All Lanes Running’ with technology, signage and emergency areas which designate a Smart Motorway. Works have been carried out behind traffic management barriers beside live traffic with up to 180,000 daily vehicle movements, which posed significant logistical challenges.
Following the withdrawal of the Leeds trolleybus bid in 2016, funding was retained for public transport improvements. Leeds City Council (LCC) embarked upon a transport conversation involving 8,000 people. This informed the Leeds Transport Strategy, wholly shaped by the public, giving rise to ‘Connecting Leeds’, approved by DfT in 2017.
The team project managed the sweeping, multi-topic Transport (Scotland) Bill which underwent scrutiny at the Scottish Parliament over 2018/19. They acted as the co-ordination and steering unit within Transport Scotland for the project involving over 20 government officials, seven Scottish Government Legal Advisers (solicitors) and six Parliamentary Counsel, as well as Parliamentary clerks and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity and other Ministers. Innovative approaches were used to ensure a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach
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