WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff wins strategic Highways England study in the North

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed as lead consultant by Highways England on a £500,000 study aimed at strengthening North East-North West road links.

This study is part of the government’s Road Investment Strategy and has been commissioned by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will develop options and make recommendations to improve the operational resilience of the A66 and the A69, which respectively connect Scotch Corner to Penrith and Newcastle to Carlisle. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will be supported in this scheme by a joint-venture including CH2M/TRL and Steer Davies Gleave (SDG).

A team of engineers at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will assess whether these two strategically important roads present an opportunity to be converted to dual carriageway; identify feasible options that would improve road and freight connectivity as well as network operations under severe weather conditions, address network constraints that cause localised congestion, and finally make the road safer for non-motorised users.

As part of this study, the team will assess how these options will impact local and regional environment and take into account local labour markets, employment and skills.

Mike D’Alton, Director of Highways and Project Director, said:

“Our expertise in delivering high quality engineering consultancy and infrastructure services in the North of England through our offices in Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and Stockton, has been recognised in appointing WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to this study. We look forward to working with Transport for North and the other studies to improve transport infrastructure in the North and make the Northern Powerhouse a reality.”

Nigel Edwards, Divisional Director of Strategic Planning at Highways England, said:

“This study 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.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is part of Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) and has successfully delivered many high profile highways projects in the UK including the M25 widening (J27-J30), design and more locally the design and build for A1 Birtley to Coal House & feasibility studies on A1 Scotswood to North Brunton, and the redevelopment of the A19/A1058 Coast Road.