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Client: Morgan Sindall
Stakeholders: Leicestershire City Council (Midland Highway Alliance Driving Collaboration) MHA
Location: M1 Junction 23 and both east/westbound on the A512
Project: Construction/widening of the A512 Eastern arm
Scheme Duration: ECI works, 2 months. Main works, August 2019 – July 2021.
Delivery: Birmingham depot.

The project was put in place to ease congestion around J23 and along the A512 mainly for access/egress to Loughborough and its university, along with future-proofing suitable urban routes for proposed sustainable housing being built along the eastern green belt between J22 and J23. The current capacity wasn’t suitable so required widening of the existing eastern arm of the A512 along with construction of a new island for connection routes to the eastern green belt.

HTM started working with Morgan Sindall under the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) in June 2019 to carry out various investigational works building necessary data which would then be used throughout the main works. HTM were responsible for the full design concept for the delivery of the major works, during the ECI stage.

Multiple meetings took place not only with Morgan Sindall but other companies part of HTM’s supply chain who would be collaborating on the works, like Highway Care, SRL and Premier Lining who would have their part to play in the delivery of this scheme.

As with all large schemes they don’t come without their challenges, none more so than the ongoing disruption on the A512 where HTM installed a narrow lanes system, which later in the project would become a contraflow, which was causing continuous problems for Loughborough University.

After several meetings between HTM and Morgan Sindall’s dedicated scheme traffic manager, alterations were made so rather than your standard lane closure approaching the works, limiting road users to one lane, HTM amended the road markings to create dedicated
lanes not only easing traffic congestion but utilising this set up throughout the remaining works.

A massive involvement from one of HTM subcontractors SRL was key to the delivery of this scheme due to works required in multiple traffic sensitive locations along the western arm of the A512. Both the junctions of Ingleberry Road and Charnwood Road needed permanent traffic signal upgrading and widening works. Assistance from SRL and their Urban 64 system installed at both junctions enabled works to be carried out, allowing both safe and designated pedestrian route/controlled crossing points and maintained traffic flows for all vehicular road users and businesses.

As part of our collaboration with both Morgan Sindall and Leicester County Council, dedicated daytime and night time supervisors were deployed throughout the scheme for continuity as well as weekly TM/commercial meetings taking place on-site within the Morgan Sindall site compound, with a huge emphasis based around road space applications/programs and coordinations with Highways England and managing part of their asset of the M1.

HTM had a dedicated 2 man team to undertake all maintenance duties along with switches, installation and removals of any day time off-peak works requires with most nightshift requiring 6 x 12AB operatives to deal with total closures of both eastern and western arm of the A512 to closures on the M1 exit and entry slips. Midway through the project, HTM had to adapt to ensure that the traffic management configurations were maintained throughout the pandemic, ensuring that the business met all enforced government guidelines.

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