Marsh Leys Strategic Junction Upgrade
Working with scheduling and planning constraints to deliver highways and infrastructure at Marsh Leys
- 750m of footway upgrade under traffic management
- 12,000m2 metres of carriageway resurfacing
- Widening works
- Vehicle restraint systems
- Surface water drainage
- Signal upgrades
In anticipation of additional HGV traffic at the Marsh Leys Distribution Centre, Goodman Real Estate contracted us to upgrade the strategic junction and all infrastructure on the A421 at Marsh Leys. Works on the project commenced on the 19th of July 2019.
The junction was located on the strategic network, with the A421 slip road operated by Highways England and the circulatory carriageways by the Bedford Borough Council, requiring two separate regulation processes to be followed.
Initially, in order to widen, resurface and upgrade the junction, a complete road closure lasting two weeks was planned. This would have caused severe disruption to the operation of major national retail and distribution companies, some delivering perishable goods, as the junction is the only access to the A421 available to them.
After meeting with the stakeholders to clarify the goods in and out patterns, timed with the shift patterns of around 150 employees, we agreed to try and come up with a surfacing sequencing that would allow for the movement of employees, deliveries at certain times and minimal obstruction of the exit, where possible. We also provided an ingress or egress point during the night works to minimise the impact on the distribution centres.