Mouchel wins £2.8m smart motorways contract

Infrastructure engineering company Mouchel has been appointed by AECOM to jointly deliver two North West schemes for Highways England as part of the Smart Motorways Programme.

The project includes improvements to M62 Junction 10 to 12, and the M6 Junction 21a to 26, in a contract worth circa £2.8m.

Both schemes will ease congestion by improving transport links between Warrington and Wigan for the M6 and between Liverpool and Warrington, and Manchester for the M62.

The contract Mouchel has won is for preliminary design, which runs through to the autumn. Highways England will then award the subsequent design stages and work is expected to start on site in spring 2018. At this stage no delivery partner has been appointed.

Mouchel, part of consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, will provide engineering and design services, including operational assessments and traffic technology services for electronic signs and signals as well as CCTV and monitoring equipment.

The Smart Motorways Programme is a Highways England initiative to add capacity on 4,000 miles of motorway by utilising the hard shoulder, using technology to monitor congestion levels, change speed limits, and activate warning signs.

Phil Barton, senior technical director in intelligent transport services at Mouchel, said: “This is a significant win. We have experience of working successfully with Aecom and Highways England in the past, and the extensive collective experience of smart motorways underpinned by the collaborative cultures embraced by both organisations provide real confidence that the challenging timescales for these schemes will be successfully achieved by the team.”

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