A5 to M1 – Another Link to Construct!

DSC00057aWalters, working in partnership with a Carillion/Costain Joint Venture, have been successful in securing another major highways scheme for Highways England.

The £160 million A5 – M1 Link will see the construction of a new dual carriageway running east from the A5 north of Dunstable to join the M1 at a new junction 11a and its award follows on from the successful upgrade of the M1 between junctions 10 and 13, completed by the same construction team.

The A5 provides a route from Milton Keynes to the M1, passing through the built-up area of Dunstable, an area that often experiences severe traffic congestion. Construction will take approximately 2½ years and the scheme objectives include reducing journey times and improving journey time reliability, relieving Dunstable of significant congestion and providing a link between the M1 and the A5 that will facilitate economic development and jobs growth in the Central Bedfordshire area.

The Walters earthworks modelling team were involved fully throughout the ECI design period and were instrumental in achieving the twin objectives of eliminating off-site disposal of unsuitable material and removing the requirement to import over 100,000m3 of suitable fill.