UK-based professional services company Turner & Townsend has been appointed to provide commercial services for two major programmes of Highways England, including the A303 Stonehenge scheme.
The A303 upgrade project includes plans to build a road tunnel near Stonehenge.
This is part of a series of planned upgrades to A303/A358 corridor to improve connectivity between the south east and south west of England.
Under the three-year contract, Turner & Townsend will provide commercial services, including estimating, benchmarking performance, commercial reporting and cost management, taking the scheme into construction.
Currently, the project is undergoing consultation on Highways England’s preferred route.
Turner & Townsend has also been appointed to deliver the next phase of two Highways England smart motorway upgrades.
Smart motorways reduce congestion and improve the reliability of journey times by making the hard shoulder available as a traffic lane and using variable speed limits to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
Under this contract, the company will provide commercial and programme management for improvements to the M6 between junctions 21a and 26 and M62 between junctions 10 and 12.
The programme will also include extensive upgrade of the drainage system, new emergency areas between junctions, new ducting system for power and fibre cables, and work to overhead signs to provide electronic signs for CCTV and driver information systems.
Turner & Townsend director Gary Healey said: “The A303 upgrade is one of the most significant schemes set to be delivered under the government’s Road Investment Strategy – creating a better experience for road users, improving economic connectivity across the south, and reducing the visual impact of this key arterial route on Stonehenge itself.
“Our previous experience working on major programmes, including smart motorways, sets us in good stead to support Highways England in delivering these schemes in a way that optimises commercial performance and drives productivity on site.”