Safety Improved on the A66

Dennis Edwards
An £11.6m Highways Agency safety scheme on the A66 near Stockton-on-Tees is nearing successful completion thanks to Faithful+Gould’s expertise.

The scheme comprises a new bridge over the A66 and slip roads to allow traffic to join this major northern road more safely.

The slip roads will also provide a convenient connection between Long Newton and the village of Elton, which has been welcomed by local residents.

Faithful+Gould was appointed to support the financial aspects of the project by our parent company, Atkins, who was appointed by the Highways Agency to provide consultancy services for this project.

Dennis Edwards, director at Faithful+Gould’s Stockton office believes that the company was well placed to work on this scheme. He said: "We have been appointed to this project to manage and control costs with a view to the works being completed ahead of time and within budget. Drawing on the team’s expertise on various other highways commissions for both the Highways Agency and Local Authorities, I am confident that this will be achieved".

"This is a high profile scheme for our organisation as it will not only improve local journeys but dramatically improve safety which is paramount to road users. We are extremely proud to be associated with this project and look forward to seeing the finished result."

This has been a challenging project for all parties involved as most of the work took place adjacent to a live carriageway. Construction of the bridge over the A66 was particularly demanding and weekend night time diversions were necessary when the steel bridge beams were lifted in to place. Fortunately, delays to A66 traffic have been kept to a minimum.

Once completed, the project will greatly improve the safety of the road by removing the need for local traffic to use the A66 as well as providing a safer means of joining and leaving it via the new slip roads.