Road closures will begin in Preston this week to make way for an overhaul of highways around the Adelphi Quarter, part of the delivery of the University of Central Lancashire’s £60m Student Centre and civic square.
The Mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have called on the Transport Secretary to terminate Northern’s rail franchise as soon as possible, 12 months on from last May’s chaotic timetable change.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said there is no “simple, quick, non-disruptive solution” to improving journeys on one of the most congested rail routes in and out of Manchester, arguing the cost of the original scheme was “way out of kilter”.
The consultant, working with Aecom, will draw up a plan to bring pollution from cars and road traffic in the region down to legal levels in the next five years, including potential clean air charges for “the most polluting” vehicles.
Companies including Pell Frischmann, IBI, Waterman, Aecom, and Arup have secured a place on a framework covering disciplines such as engineering consultancy, public affairs, quantity surveying, and architecture.