Amey highly commended for Tour de France work

02 January 2015
A group of men and women in formal attire.

Amey has been highly commended at the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation Yorkshire and Humberside Branch Awards, for the highways work that was carried out in preparation for last summer’s Tour de France.

As part of Sheffield’s Streets Ahead contract, over four miles of the city’s roads, which formed a section of the Tour de France route, were resurfaced to offer a smooth ride for cyclists. As well as road resurfacing, safety barriers were replaced, street furniture – including traffic signals, road islands, speed bumps and bollards – were temporarily removed, temporary traffic measures were put in place and route signage was designed and installed.

As well as preparing the route for the riders, the team worked hard to ensure that the city looked its best to welcome visitors by road sweeping, cleaning, litter-picking and removing graffiti.

Streets Ahead’s CIP Director, Graeme Symonds, said: “This is great recognition for the Streets Ahead team of their hard work and dedication in preparation of such a prestigious event. We’re very proud to have been involved in such a significant and successful project.

“Thanks to the utilisation of the Streets Ahead contract, the resurfacing of the roads on the route of the race was delivered at no extra cost to the Authority and we were able to reduce the costs of the infrastructure works by over 40% from our original budget estimates. The work that was carried out on the route not only benefited the Tour de France, but will benefit road users for years to come.”
Sub-contractor Henry Boot Construction was also highly commended at the awards for work carried out in conjunction with Amey and Sheffield City Council on the A57 Manchester Road landslip this year.

As part of the Streets Ahead contract, a 150 metre section of failed retaining wall and landslip was repaired by stabilising the wall using gabions and ground anchors. As a result of the landslip the road had been reduced to single file traffic but working collaboratively the team were able to implement a solution to enable the road to be fully reopened.

The awards were presented at the Hilton hotel in Leeds.