This high profile project kick-started the Royal Borough of Kingston's Go Cycle project. It was therefore of critical political importance for the Borough. With Portsmouth Road set to expand by 2050 it was key that it achieved its sustainable travel aims.
Construction scheduling was necessary as local residents and businesses had to be aware of the impact of the construction. Kier implemented a plan with bespoke measures for affected stakeholders. We adapted construction schedules around business hours, adopting a customer-centric approach.
We complemented the surrounding area by designing elements such as additional woodland and riverbank planting. We also added a sustainable Urban Drainage system integrated into the planting beds. This minimised future resource requirements. Handrails, access ramps and increased zebra crossings offered a convenient and safe connection to the wider area. We also utilised shared-use bus stops to link with local transport and maximise space.
Portsmouth Road is now a healthy street, with two-way segregated cycle tracks and cycle parking. 29 benches and an improved café setting allow enjoyment of the environment, whilst a play area engages families.
Opening in April 2017, a 20% increase in cycling was achieved immediately. The scheme has performed strongly against the ten evidence-based Healthy Streets indicators. A study carried out by Transport for London in 2017 showed significant improvements:
- 53% more people aged 16-44 use the street.
- A 192% increase in commuter use.
- Average spend on the street increased by 300%.
" Portsmouth Road was a landmark scheme forming part of our £30m Go Cycle programme to transform the borough’s public spaces with 10 linked cycle routes. Feedback from users of the cycle lane has been positive. "Go Cycle Project Manager Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council
One of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK encompassing a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey along with 9km of local road upgrades. Construction was carried out by Merseylink Civil Contractors, a joint venture between Kier Infrastructure, Samsung and FCC.
Cheshire’s first smart motorway from Crewe to Knutsford. Converting a 20 mile stretch of the M6 into an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway; creating much needed extra capacity and more reliable journey times. It will reduce delays and excessive congestion for the 120,000 (approx.) vehicles that use it each day.
Clearing and repairing damaged sections of the A591 hit by storms in 2015/16, working with Cubby Construction on behalf of Highways England, operating in volatile conditions and completing the project three weeks early followed by a reopening ceremony performed by HRH Prince of Wales.
Re-waterproofing and resurfacing the Gravelly Hill Interchange, the main link between the Spaghetti Junction on the M6 and the centre of Birmingham, developing a customer led delivery model, challenging the norm and changing working practices to meet customer needs.
The A13 Road Widening Project is being delivered by Kier on behalf of Thurrock Council. The works include adding an additional lane in both directions between Orsett and Stanford-le-Hope and replacing four bridges. It will support economic growth, reduce congestion and enhance safety.
Regenerating Britain's oldest market in 10 weeks, collaborating with a wide range of supply chain partners, engaging with the local residents, businesses and traders and bringing a delicate touch to a much loved historical site.
Partnering Surrey County Council with an innovative scheme that brings vulnerable people in social care into the workplace, supporting these candidates to be able to carry out basic highway works in the community and helping tackle the national social care time bomb.
Easing congestion at this iconic London tourist location by integrating and coordinating pedestrian, cycling and traffic movements; using detailed planning techniques and innovative use of materials to minimise closure locations and durations; and responding quickly to changing security requirements after a terrorist attack just before the work was to begin.
Working with Surrey County Council and the supply chain to deliver £120m of work for £100m on the fourth busiest road network in the UK, dramatically improving the condition of the roads in the county, driving down the cost of materials and increasing investment in new techniques and equipment.
Transforming a London Borough of Kingston Road into a model for healthy streets. Creating cycle tracks and cycle parking, whilst communicating with local residents and businesses.