New main contractors for the Regent Road roadworks have been appointed today (Thursday 28 March) and will be on site next week with a view to resuming full work as soon as possible.
John Sisk & Son Ltd has been confirmed as the new main contractors who will oversee the completion of the scheme – which will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and air quality once works have concluded – following the news that previous main contractor Dawnus had gone into administration.
All this week Manchester highways maintenance staff have been doing work laying kerbs, surfacing pavements and filling holes to ensure the site was ready for the new main contractor to get underway.
The improvement works, known as the Manchester-Salford Inner Relief Route scheme, are being carried out jointly by Manchester City Council and Salford City Council and are funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
The Regent Road works are delivering improvements at four key junctions:
- The junction of Dawson Street, Regent Road, Trinity Way and Water Street (Manchester)
- The junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane (Salford)
- The junction of Regent Road and Oldfield Street (Salford)
- The junction of the Mancunian Way, the A56 (Chester Road) and the A5607 roundabout (Manchester
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This has been a challenging situation but I am glad that it has been resolved so quickly and that this vital work is now getting back on track.
“We recognise that it’s been frustrating for motorists during this brief period of uncertainty but despite the complexities involved, the good news is that we’ve only lost a short amount of time and do not anticipate significant delay, if any, to the original project timetable.
“We’d like to thank people for bearing with us while this we’ve gone through this process to get the works resumed.”
Councillor Roger Jones, Executive Support for Transport at Salford City Council, said: “We are extremely pleased this frustrating situation has been resolved so quickly so that works can continue.
“The overall aim of the project is to improve the capacity at junctions and make life easier for people travelling in and around our cities.”