Manchester City Council has appointed Manchester-based civil engineers Rosgal and J Hopkins Contractors alongside Liverpool-based Dowhigh to a £6m framework to maintain and construct roads.
The firms will support Manchester City Council’s in-house highways team and will be called upon to supplement the council’s resources as required.
There are several high-profile highways projects in the pipeline for Manchester, including the permanent pedestrianisation of Deansgate, which is due to complete by the end of this year according to Manchester’s 20-year transport strategy.
In addition, the £4m city centre ‘Triangle’ vision, which will see the creation of improved cycling and walking links between Manchester’s three major train stations – Deansgate, Piccadilly and Victoria – and between the main bus hubs at Piccadilly, Shudehill and the coach station, was one of two schemes earmarked to benefit from the award of £5.5m from the Government’s Active Travel Fund.
The other project in line to benefit from the Whitehall funding is the £1.5m Wythenshawe cycle-walk scheme. The project aims to improve cycling links between Wythenshawe town centre, Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester city centre.