A160/A180 Port of Immingham
The aim of the project was to provide better access to the Port of Immingham, which is the UK's largest port by tonnage, and the surrounding area. It also involved improving the A160 between the junction with the A180 at Brocklesby interchange. This is an important strategic route, but was experiencing great congestion – particularly along the single carriageway section – due to a very high proportion of heavy goods vehicles.
There were many reasons for doing this project - from making the road safer for its users, to reducing traffic congestion, to improving the reliability of journey times. Crucially, the work would also stimulate growth and unlock economic benefits for the area.
The work involved upgrading roads and roundabouts, creating new link roads, providing a new gyratory carriageway system and bridges, and diverting gas pipes.
The project won the award for a record-breaking feat of engineering it accomplished over Christmas 2015, when a 4,000 ton bridge was slid into place beneath a railway line.
That’s not the only record we broke on this project. It officially became the fastest Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project ever to get through the planning process and achieve Development Consent Order Approval. This is a testament not only to the quality of our innovative ideas, but also to the excellent work our team did in preparing and presenting the plan.
We made a difference for the natural world, too. Environmentally conscious project staff adopted a ‘Be Safe Bee Friendly’ approach to the endangered British bumblebee. They invited Gill Perkins, Conservation Manager for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to speak and conduct a bumblebee walk through the project’s specially constructed water vole habitat.
Gill was delighted with what she found, describing the habitat as a “bumblebee heaven” and remarking “I have never seen so many bumblebees together in one place”.
Having registered with the Conservation Trust, the A160 team also looked to encourage local schools and landowners to register, so they can help to build and maintain bumblebee friendly habitats.