Manchester engineering firm WSP has landed a contract to work on the £104m upgrade of one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the North West.
The engineering consultancy has been appointed as the design partner supporting a BAM Nuttall Morgan Sindall joint venture.
The firm is working on the two-stage design and build smart motorways contract to upgrade the M62 between Warrington (J10) and Manchester (J12).
WSP will provide engineering and design services including highways; Geotech; structures and environment.
It will also supply specialist expertise from its Intelligent Transport Services team to upgrade the nine-mile stretch of motorway which forms part of a key strategic route between Liverpool and Manchester.
WSP will be supported by AECOM, 4way and Ramboll.
The project will include the design and delivery of new infrastructure to transform this section of road into an All Lane Running Smart Motorway – permanently converting the hard shoulder into a running lane to add much needed additional capacity.
New traffic technology will be used to improve safety, reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic including:
• Variable speed limits
• Queue detection and automatic signalling system
• CCTV and monitoring equipment
• Driver information including lane availability provided through a mixture of gantries and
• Refuge areas where drivers can stop in an emergency