Balfour Beatty bags M58 link road design contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 3 Mar 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

UK-based infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has secured a contract from Wigan Council to help design the borough’s M58 link road, which will connect J26 M6 with Wigan town centre via the A49 link road.

The project is expected to provide fresh opportunities for housing and development.

Balfour Beatty will collaborate with Wigan Council to provide advice on design and construction. The company will also develop more efficient proposals with an objective to reduce disturbance and provide an economical scheme.

Balfour Beatty project director Will Singleton said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Wigan Council on the M58 link road project, offering them our expertise in design and construction.

“This scheme will help to alleviate traffic on Ormskirk Road - one of Wigan borough’s busiest routes – whilst vastly improving connectivity for the travelling public.”

Once the project is completed, the M58 link road will reduce travel time across the borough and lessen traffic levels on Ormskirk Road.

Leader of Wigan Council councillor David Molyneux said: “The M58 link is a key part of our ambitions to be a well-connected place as set out in our new strategy, The Deal 2030.

“In order to ensure we can deliver a successful scheme, we have appointed Balfour Beatty early in the process. Engaging with contractors prior to construction taking place is important to ensure a collaborative approach and helps us to shape proposals together.”

The council has already commenced some advanced works to prepare for the link road including protecting and diverting utility services and re-locating a local rugby pitch. It has resulted in the development of two additional full-sized pitches and a smaller training pitch.

Councillor Molyneux added: “Undertaking these preparatory works last year means we’re in a better position to meet our construction timescales.

“We will continue to work with the club throughout this transition process and hope to see them benefit from the new facilities in the future.”

The council stated that it will appoint a construction contractor once the design process is completed. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.

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Balfour Beatty to help design M58 link road. (Credit: wikimedia.org/Peter Hodge.)

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