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Area 10 gantry message sign faults repaired through collaborative approach

Our team recently completed essential investigation and remedial works on gantry message signs, in partnership with Amey Consulting, H W Martin and Standard Scaffold, within National Highways’ Area 10 Asset Delivery portfolio of projects .

Area 10 covers the North West of England including Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire. The scheme is being delivered for National Highways, a key client for McCann, through close collaboration between selected delivery partners between 2019 and 2023.

We were asked to support with critical investigation and remedial works across gantry message signs at J3 of the M61 near Bolton. The power cables supplying the gantry message signs were found to be defective following an RTC which took place four years ago – with multiple contractors avoiding the remedial works due to the access challenges which needed to be overcome.

Working in close partnership with Amey Consulting and National Highways, we identified the most cost-effective solution for repairing the faults by considering the best approach to both design and buildability. Through strong collaboration, we were able to provide and implement a solution, with all necessary design and repairs taking six months to complete from the commencement of the initial survey.

The signs have now been successfully re-energised and brought back into service for use by the Regional Operations Centre – creating a safer and more reliable environment for road users.

McCann’s Contract Manager for Area 10, Andy Bates, recognises the significant challenges faced by our team on the M61 and is proud of the hard work and dedication that went into the project not just by our team, but also by our strategic delivery partners.

“Many hurdles presented themselves while completing what was seen as relatively minor works,” says Andy.

“However, with the commitment and collaboration of everyone involved, including the teams at Amey Consulting, H W Martin and Standard Scaffold, these challenges were successfully overcome in order to fix the damaged power supplies to bring these strategic assets back into operation,”

“It really was a fantastic team effort by everyone involved – improving the strategic road network for drivers and delivering a cost effective solution for our client, National Highways.”

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