Amey, Arup win £45m upgrade contract from Highways England

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Amey Consulting in collaboration with Arup has secured a £45m contract from Highways England to help upgrade the A66 Northern Transpennine route.

Under the contract, the team will design the upgrade programme. Furthermore, the team will assume the role of a technical advisor to work alongside Highways England during the design and construction, once the project has been approved.

Considered to be one of the most important highways investments in North England, the upgrade programme will include the transformation of the A66 Northern Transpennine section from single carriageway into a dual carriageway, improving journey times, driver experience and safety.

The A66 is a very important route to get from east to west for many of England’s northern counties. It is a trans-Pennine link connecting Scotch Corner on the A1(M) with Penrith on the M6.

Amey Consulting managing director Alex Gilbert said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the lead design role for the A66 Northern Transpennine upgrade.

“Our strong history in UK based design of major highways and our current Design Services Contracts with Highways England in Areas 13 (North West) and 14 (North East) brings a unique, local understanding of this route.

“Our experience of working in partnership with Arup also means this programme can benefit from years of collaboration and expertise in highways engineering. Communities across the north will benefit from a safer, better performing and more reliable route.”

The A66 route upgrade programme will dual of the remaining the six single carriageway sections between the M6 and A1(M) and introduce capacity improvements to reduce delays at the M6 J40 and A6/A66 junction (Penrith) and at the A1(M) / A66 junction (Scotch Corner).

It will reduce physical barriers for communities and to improve air quality and noise levels for those living and working along the route and enhance strategic regional and national connectivity, by connecting key employment areas around Cumbria, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear.

Highways England senior project manager Matt Townsend said: “This is one of the biggest-ever investments in the strategic road network in the North.

“We’re looking forward to working alongside Amey Consulting with Arup in the coming years to deliver safer, quicker and more reliable A66 journeys for the communities and businesses it serves across the North and further afield.”

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A section of A66 Northern route. (Credit: AMEY PLC.)

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