WSP has been retained as the sole supplier for Leeds City Council’s Highways and Transportation Civil Engineering Core Contract following a competitive procurement process. The appointment marks the start of a new ten-year partnership to upgrade and maintain the city’s highways infrastructure.
WSP has been the main consultant for Leeds City Council’s highways and transportation service since September 2003 (formerly as Mouchel which was acquired by the business in 2016), working on more than 500 infrastructure projects across the city.
WSP’s Leeds-based Highways team, including staff seconded direct into Leeds City Council teams, will deliver a wide portfolio of services including maintenance and improvements of bridges, highways and delivering flood risk management. The team will also bring in expertise from the wider WSP business, which employs more than 450 staff in Leeds, to support additional specialist services including transport modelling, structures design and environmental assessments.
WSP has helped transform the city’s transport infrastructure, supporting LCC in the delivery of a number of major schemes delivered through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). These include the 23 km-Cycle Superhighwa from East Leeds to Bradford Centre, the UK’s first attempt to develop a separate, long-distance cycle route. WSP is also the lead development partner working with the Council to transform the city’s bus infrastructure as part of the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP). The business is delivering a number of major projects across the City Region as part of the LPTIP programme, including the development of new ‘bus priority corridors’ and the creation and expansion of park and ride schemes including Stourton Park, Temple Green and Elland Road.
A joint statement from Leeds City Council executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development, Councillor Lisa Mulherin, and Phil Matson, WSP Commission Manager and Key Client Manager for Leeds City Council said: “We are proud to have worked together for over 17 years, and this reappointment for WSP as sole supplier on the Core contract is a testament to the strength of the working relationship we have established together.
“Upgrading and sustaining the city’s highways network is vital to accelerate major regeneration plans including new housing developments, employment zones and to ensure the city’s transport network is the best it can be. It’s fantastic to know that we will be supporting the people of Leeds and the wider city region at a time of such exciting change.”