PROJECT UPDATE: NEW WAKEFIELD RELIEF ROAD OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
28 April 2017
A £33m highway designed by BWB was officially opened yesterday after being delivered on time and on budget. The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road was opened to the public after the ribbon was cut by Councillor Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council.
The new highway stretches for 5.5km between the A642 and A638 and crosses the River Calder. BWB delivered the detailed design for the highway works and provided a range of multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental services for the scheme.
We were initially appointed as civil engineers and applied our expertise to assist with the detailed highway design, utilities assessments and surveys, watercourse modelling & design and site investigation. Our working relationship with Wakefield Metropolitan Council led to further appointments for traffic signal design, topographical surveying and modelling while our traffic simulation visualisations were used by the local media to publicise the scheme.
BWB’s Richard Leyland, who undertook the detailed highway design, attended the opening ceremony and was among the first to travel along the route. He said: “We all had a bus tour of the route before the highway was opened to the public which was great for all involved in the project. Immediately after opening you could see many vehicles driving along the route, with cyclists and pedestrians also using the new facility, demonstrating the key importance of the relief road. I had a drive around it myself afterwards and it was fantastic! As an engineer it's really satisfying to see how a felt-tip pen line on a piece of paper can evolve through the design process to become reality and to have been involved in the project from the start makes it all the more satisfying”.
The road is the first project constructed as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s 10-year programme of strategic transport schemes targeted to accelerate growth and create up to 20,000 jobs across the region.
Councillor Box, who is also the chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “It is one of the biggest and most ambitious projects that this district has seen for decades and is a huge achievement for Wakefield. The new road will help reduce traffic congestion in and around the city, improve local transport links and provide access to land for future development, helping to create thousands of new jobs and supporting economic growth in our district for many years to come.”