The Missing ‘Link’
Walters are pleased to announce that it has been awarded a major subcontract by Costain Limited to undertake the extensive earthworks necessary to construct the M6 to Heysham Link Road for Lancashire County Council – one of the largest road schemes to be managed by a Local Authority within the UK.
Walters, as preferred earthworks partner to Costain, have been heavily involved in the project since its earliest days and its award follows on from a three-year Early Contractor Involvement (‘ECI’) collaboration during which Walters’ earthworks design department provided extensive input in achieving a cost effective ‘earthworks balance’ on the site which removed the potential for any off site disposal of earthworks materials. The project has also become the first highway scheme to pass successfully through the new National Infrastructure Planning process.
The project involves a full reconfiguration of an existing motorway junction, 4.8km of dual carriageway, 4.5km of new slip-roads together with 12 major structures including a 200m-span crossing of the River Lune.
In order to complete the highway works, Walters will need to move over 2,000,000 m3 of material along the highway corridor forming cuttings, embankments and extensive landscaping and screening bunds. Detailed planning was required to move this material effectively since the new road was constricted by crossing either above or below the M6 Motorway, the River Lune, the A6, the Lancaster Canal and the West Coast Railway Line in addition to a number of other minor roads. When complete, it will connect Heysham and the Morecambe peninsula directly to the M6.
Work commenced in January 2014 and the road is expected to be open to traffic during 2016.