21 July 2015
Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, inaugurated the upgraded section of the A453 in a ceremony at Thrumpton Hall on 20th July. The seven mile road between the M1 Junction 24 and the A52 in Nottingham is expected to make journeys safer and quicker for road users.
This award-winning major infrastructure project was the result of the collaboration between WYG, Laing O’Rourke and Highways England.
It upgrades 5 miles of the existing rural A453 from single to dual carriageway and improves 2 miles of urban road through Clifton to a four lane single carriageway. The project required the construction of seven new bridge structures together with the extension of three existing bridges.
Attending the event, Richard Brown, Director, WYG, commented: “We have worked collaboratively with the Highways England, Laing O’Rourke and our design partners to develop a project that provides innovative solutions to challenging problems. The use of Building Information Modelling and pre-fabrication for the bridge design has exemplified our desire to push the boundaries of technology and lead on innovation.”
He added: “The scheme will benefit everyone using the route, improving safety, reducing congestion and making journeys more reliable for travellers and businesses in the region.”
Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “It is a real privilege to see such an important scheme open in my first weeks in the job and the first to be completed by Highways England."
“This is an extremely important route, and its completion will not only bring safer and quicker journeys for everyone who uses it, but also boost the local, regional and national economy. This upgrade has received tremendous support from all those who use the A453 regularly and the local community, and we and our contractors Laing O’Rourke thank them for their patience while the work has been taking place.”
The official ceremony included a naming ceremony for the A453 which will be known as “Remembrance Way” in honour of the 453 service personnel who lost their lives whilst serving in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014.
The project has already won some significant industry awards including the Major Project Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers East-Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs) in June, a commendation for Team Achievement at the EMMAs and an Excellent award for CEEQUAL ‘sustainability’.
Photo credit: Highways England