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15 March 2018

Highways England offers public an insight into roadworks operations

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
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Midlands M5 Oldbury Viaduct

Highways England is offering members of the public an opportunity to see how roads and structures are built and maintained at five construction sites as part of the Open Doors initiative, from the 19-24 March. The project aims to inspire young people considering career ideas and adults thinking about a change of occupation to learn more about the range of skills and professionals needed on site.

Three sites for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon road scheme in Swavesey, Brampton and Ermine Street will provide a project talk, guided bus site tour and a question and answer session.
The M5 Oldbury Viaduct will feature a project talk and an above and below tour for visitors to see work being carried out.

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Videalert Little Ilford Lane

In addition, the M2 Stockbury Viaduct will host a welcome talk and video as well as an opportunity to climb up scaffolding using staircases to see where the bridge is being lifted.

Mike Wilson, chief highways engineer and director of safety, engineering and standards, said: “Our roads connect the country with around 4 million journeys on them each day. With a record level of investment in roads now is an exciting time for us to show, as part of Open Doors, the hard work that goes on behind the roadworks.

“We want to inspire future generations to join Highways England and as well as organising our own activities in support of the Government’s 2018 Year of Engineering campaign, this is an ideal opportunity for young people, parents and teachers to come to our construction sites and take a closer look at what we do.”

More information is available here.

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