North Midland Construction (NMC) has started work on a £4.8 million construction scheme to make major road improvements on a key gateway into Blackburn town centre.
NMC were appointed by Capita who are the consulting engineers on the scheme for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. It will help to improve accessibility to Blackburn town centre and enable future regeneration projects.
NMC are widening a 700m section of road between Copy Nook and Furthergate to provide public transport priority into and out of Blackburn town centre, and constructing a 1.1km link road between Burnley Close and the Red Lion roundabout. The company is employing a local supply chain to deliver specialist works as required.
This scheme adds to a growing number of highways projects NMC is undertaking across the UK after being awarded projects in Peterborough, Burnley, Bradford, Wigan, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newark and Sheffield earlier this year.
Geoff Poyzer, director of the highways and utilities division of NMC, said: “This is a flagship scheme for our division that we’re delighted to be working on. We have a strong history of working on complex schemes of this nature, and in particular, maintaining traffic flows throughout construction to minimise disruption to local road users. This is an important project that will improve access to the town for the people of Blackburn and the surrounding area.”
The project is due for completion in summer 2015.