Wakefield Eastern Relief Road – Highways
Wakefield Eastern Relief Road reduces congestion and air pollution and encourages commercial growth by providing access to future developments. Working in joint venture, HOCHTIEF delivered 5.5km of new roads, built Wakefield’s first river crossing in over 100 years, and constructed a rail bridge over the new road.
- 5.5km of new road
- 1200t rail bridge over the new road
- Over-river road bridge
- Roundabout reconstruction
- New junctions
- Traffic signals
- Utilities diversions
- Footpaths and cycleways
- Sustainable urban drainage system
To minimise the impact of construction on major routes in and out of the city, we collaborated with Wakefield Council and statutory undertakers to devise efficient solutions.
During the complex reconfiguration of Doncaster Road roundabout, we sequenced works to maintain traffic flows and maximised offline construction to speed up delivery. Collaborative planning of utilities diversions with statutory undertakers allowed us to share service trenches and traffic management schemes, and we worked with Wakefield Council’s traffic signal partner to redesign the signals to use WIFI, rather than traditional cables, reducing lane restriction durations. We also adjusted the vertical alignment of the new surfacing and used an overlay detail over existing pavements. These measures reduced the extent of full depth construction needed and avoided many service diversions, saving 3 months and £250k.
We saved £295k by redesigning the earthworks to maximise materials reuse and negotiated an advanced site clearance contract to mitigate delays to the main works. We also successfully installed a 1200t rail bridge over the new carriageway and built a new river crossing.
Our proactive approach enabled us to complete the scheme 5 weeks early and save Wakefield Council £700k.