Professional services and engineering consultancy WSP, in partnership with Jacobs, has been appointed by Transport for the North (TfN) to develop an infrastructure improvement programme linking the east/west and north/south across two key transport corridors in the North of England, having already been appointed to undertake two earlier studies for the transport body.
The WSP – Jacobs team will build a strategic outline case for a programme of road and rail transport improvements across the Southern Pennines Corridor, linking east to west between major economic and population centres including Liverpool, Warrington and Cheshire, Manchester, Sheffield and Hull, incorporating four major ports and four international airports.
The team will look at the Yorkshire to Scotland strategic development corridor examining evidence collected from the Southern Pennines study as well as the two earlier studies – Central Pennines and Connecting the Energy Coasts corridors, which WSP is undertaking – with a focus on improving north to south road connectivity. The teams will also offer a range of services including transport planning and modelling, highway engineering, environmental and risk management capability.
WSP has now been appointed to four of seven key development corridors identified by TfN which will support the development of its ‘Strategic Transport Plan and Investment Programme’ which could help create close to a million new jobs and add almost £100 billion to the UK’s economy.
Nasar Malik, WSP’s project director for both studies, said: “I am delighted to lead the consultant teams for these two important strategic corridors, building on the good working relationship developed with TfN through the earlier strategic transport studies alongside the Jacobs team.
“The North of England is home to many of the UK’s major economic assets, from the Energy Estuary in Hull to the intermodal rail freight hub at iPort in Doncaster and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Innovation Corridor in Sheffield.
“These reports will identify a long-term programme of future transport investment that will better connect these industrial hubs, unlocking transformational economic growth across the region.”
“This latest commission further supports TfN’s strategy to deliver inclusive economic growth and transformational change,” said Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Europe senior vice president and general manager Donald Morrison. “We have enormous opportunity to use our UK and international knowledge in transportation, environmental, economic and digital innovation to find better ways of improving connectivity and opportunity in the region.”
The two latest studies will be submitted to Transport for the North early 2019.