This contract provides another example of Montel’s ability undertake complex highways and traffic management schemes in full consultation with not only local authority’s roads and highways teams but also with National Highways and their staff and stakeholders. The area immediately to the east of the M5 junction 9 has been identified within Gloucestershire County Council’s Joint Core Strategy as a prime location for both commercial and residential development. Working with the site developer we have carried the first four phases of infrastructure on and around the existing A46 Trunk Road (National Highways (formerly Highways England)) to facilitate the commencement of this work. The main construction works comprise of:
- Widening of the A46 to a two-lane dual carriageway (with turning lanes) between M5 Junction 9 and the Gloucestershire County Council Alexandra Way.
- Upgrade to the A46 westbound access onto the M5 junction roundabout.
- Re-modelling of the signalised Alexandra Way junction and construction of a fourth arm to create access into the land south of the A46.
- Re-alignment of Fiddington Lane to the west of its current location, with the existing carriageway retained as a pedestrian and cycle route, with the construction of a new roundabout at the southern end of the realignment complete with an access spur to serve the land south of the A46.
- Diversion of strategic statutory authority apparatus.
- Upgrading the Fiddington Lane junction from a priority junction to a traffic signal-controlled junction linked to the existing signalised junction with Northway Lane to create a staggered crossroads.
- Construction of new signalised pedestrian crossing facilities on the A46.
- Creation of a new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing point on the A46 with a pedestrian refuge island, between the Alexandra Way and Northway Lane junctions.
- The provision of new bus stops on both sides of the A46 in the vicinity of the Alexandra Way junction.
- Modifications to the existing drainage system and construction of attenuation basin.
- Modifications to the existing street lighting.
- The construction of new on-site infrastructure; to facilitate the access and egress to a new Dobbies garden centre.
- The construction of the external works to the new garden centre.
- The installation of all new (foul and storm water) sewers including the construction a new new wet well and associated pumping station – complete with overflow tank.
- The formation of a new road to the south of the development to provide access to the proposed residential development – including the construction of a new bridge over the Tirle Brook and four pre-cast culvert crossings to the flood plain surrounding this water course.
On this scheme traffic management was key to the project success and our proactive approach to liaison with the client, National Highways and the Council’s network management team enabled the complex traffic management required to be installed and maintained in a manner that ensured disruption to traffic leaving the M5 was prevented. Further to this, and due to the success of the preceding phases, our client is currently negotiating further works with Montel – which require the widening of the M5 northbound off-slip and gyratory section of junction 9 itself.