A team from Highways England, Connect Plus, Connect Plus Services, Jackson, Atkins Navtech and Mway Comms have won the CIHT Technology award for their work on a new type of Stationary Vehicle Detection (SVD) Radar.
This technology is completely new to the UK and has been successfully trialled on two sections of the M25. Put simply, SVD Radar instantly detects stationary vehicles on the carriageway, and alerts the Regional Control Centre to the presence of an obstruction in the road. Existing radar systems currently rely on queuing traffic to detect an incident – by which time the occupants of the stationary vehicle and other road users, have been exposed to significant risk for a longer period of time.
Trials of the new SVD radar have proven instantaneous detection of stationary vehicles or obstructions in the road, thus lowering the risks to a stationary vehicle in a fast moving environment, which is particularly effective in All Lane Running scenarios.
The judges said: "This entry demonstrates an exceptionally well thought through, well-engineered and well-implemented solution. The SVD Radar offers a powerful measure, with widespread application, for alerting network operations systems and staff to stationary vehicles. It will help them mitigate safety critical issues, improve incident response times and traffic flow.”
“It is highly likely that its implementation will save lives and prevent injuries. The trials have proved the quality and the use-case for the equipment and the approach taken."
Jackson is working on a £3.5m project for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council to ease traffic congestion along the A629 towards Halifax town centre.
Once complete, it’s estimated that journey times from the M26 to Halifax town centre will be reduced by 30% for cars, and up to 50% for buses.
The scheme includes widening the existing A629 at Salterhebble Hill into four lanes, installing new traffic lights and improving the facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
The project also involves installing 500 steel soil nails into the rock surface of the hillside at Salterhebble to support its steep structure. The hill will then be planted up to create a vertical garden which will also help to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Barry Collins said: “Our projections estimate that traffic using the A629 will increase by 18 per cent over the next decade and without these improvements the road would be gridlocked for much of the day."
“By improving these links between the M62 and Halifax town centre, from 20 minutes to around 14 minutes, it will become a very attractive place to do business.”
The A629 project is the largest individual scheme in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund programme, which is investing £1 billion over 10 years in more than 30 transport infrastructure schemes across West Yorkshire and York.
Jackson is working on an £8.5m project for Connect Plus to upgrade the fire protection system and carry out essential maintenance in the east tunnel of the Dartford Crossing.
The scheme involves installing a new passive fire protection system, waterproofing the tunnel joints and replacing the internal cover strips.
This essential work will have a huge benefit to the travelling public as it will reduce ongoing maintenance requirements, therefore reducing tunnel closures in the future, thus minimising disruption to the travelling public.
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Jackson recently completed an £2.5m resurfacing project for Cambridgeshire City Council at several locations across the county.
The project involved resurfacing and new road markings on the A505 Whittlesford, A505 M11/Duxford Interchange, A505 Duxford, A505 Flint Cross, A1303/4 Stetchworth Roundabout and A10 Hauxton/Harston.
The works were carried with full night closures to minimise disruption to traffic.
Joshua Rutherford, Project Engineer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "Over time the roads have deteriorated. We have worked hard with our contractor Jackson to reduce the impact the project by working off-peak and not during the day.”
Stephen Christian, Jackson’s Senior Contracts Manager, said: “This was a very slick operation with planing and surfacing taking place every night to ensure the project was finished on schedule.”
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Jackson recently completed work on a £9.5m link road scheme in Gravesend, which was officially opened by Kent County Council’s Chairman, David Brazier.
The project involved constructing a new link road between Stone Street and Darnley Road, in Gravesend. This link road is now two-way and has a pavement for both pedestrians and cyclists to easily reach the station. It crosses the old Rathmore Road car park which still includes 64 spaces including six disabled spaces.
Mr Brazier said: “This scheme will provide improvements for general traffic, public transport, pedestrians and cyclists, users of the station and not least improvements to the public realm.”
“Looking at the scheme now and thinking back to how tired the area looked before I am sure that you will agree that it is a vast improvement.”
“The site team have been able to build difficult infrastructure and still keep Gravesend town centre 'open for business'. Inevitably there have been periods of inconvenience and we are grateful for the patience of local businesses.”
“Finally, I would like to thank Jackson Civil Engineering who have built the scheme and particularly their Site Liaison Officer, Carole Jones, who has done marvellous work keeping the town users and business community informed.”Community Engagement
During this project, Jackson also teamed up with local schools and business to brighten up Gravesend using street art. The street art project portrayed 500 years of Gravesend’s history, and has been produced by professional artists 1717Alliance in collaboration with Thamesview, Northfleet Technology College and St. George’s School. The completed artwork was installed on the site compound hoarding for the duration of the project, but now the scheme has come to an end, the street art has been moved to a more permanent location in a nearby park.
Jackson’s Contracts Manager Andy Nailor said: “We were really pleased to deliver this project on behalf of Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council."
“Working in partnership with both organisations throughout, we’ve delivered the project using a strong local labour force, and we’ve been able to give something back to the community through the fantastic street art project we did back in May. This is a scheme that we’re really proud of.”
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Jackson has won the contract to build the long-awaited Beccles Southern Relief Road for Suffolk County Council.
The £7m relief road will link the A145 London Road to Ellough to the south east of the town, providing faster access to Beccles Business Park and the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone, which together with the B1127 Copland Way will form a southern and eastern bypass of Beccles.
Jackson’s Technical Director Jim Chaplin said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Suffolk County Council to build this much needed relief road. Jackson works on civil engineering projects across the country, but it’s always great to win work on our home turf and build things which will have such a positive impact on our local communities.”
Cllr James Finch, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Once complete, the Beccles Relief Road will reduce congestion and pollution in the town centre as well as providing an economic boost for the area.
“The road will be a benefit for motorists, business owners, pedestrians and cyclists – and getting Jackson on board is a positive step in the right direction to getting this road built and open to traffic.”
The project is being funded with £5m from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and £2m from Suffolk County Council. Construction will start in September and the road is expected to take 18 months to build.
Chris Starkie, Managing Director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The building of a new relief road for Beccles will provide far reaching benefits for businesses and residents in the town and surrounding area. Those benefits can only be enhanced with the selection of Jackson Civil Engineering, supporting a local supply chain and having a further positive impact on the wider economy of the east.”
A team from Jackson Civil Engineering featured in a battle against time in the final episode of a six-part TV series taking a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of the M25.
The show, Britain’s Busiest Motorway, revealed the usually hidden army of traffic controllers, patrol officers, engineers and maintenance workers who work around the clock to keep traffic moving on the London orbital motorway, which stretches 117 miles around the capital and is used for 73 million journeys a year.
The final episode featured Jackson’s project manager Ryan Smith and his team as they worked through the night with a 90-tonne crane as part of a scheme to replace an expansion joint on the New Haw Viaduct, between Junctions 10-11 of the M25.
The work involved a night-time closure of the motorway, from 10pm until 6am, representing a race against time to get the road open again in time for the morning rush hour.
Richard Neall, chief executive of Jackson Civil Engineering, said: “The M25 is used for four million journeys each day, and we have teams working around the clock on projects designed to keep traffic moving.
“We’re all too aware of people’s frustrations at being caught up in road works, but we hope this behind-the-scenes documentary will go some way to explain what we’re actually doing when we close a road.”
Jackson Civil Engineering has worked for M25 Operators Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services since 2009 on a range of different projects on the M25. The New Haw project is the third joint replacement scheme undertaken by the team.
Expansion joints allows structures such as the New Haw Viaduct to expand and contract with changes in temperature and load, but require replacement every 40 years or so. Thanks to an award-winning working method developed by Jackson, Connect Plus and Flint & Neill, the installation of temporary ramps on the road surface allows traffic to flow freely over the structure while work to remove the old joints is carried out from below. Whilst in situ on the New Haw Viaduct, 30.2 million vehicles have driven over the ramps, their drivers largely unaware of their presence, or indeed the work going on underneath them.
Jackson recently replaced all 193 street lighting columns and the 3km cable management system on the QEII Bridge at Dartford for Connect Plus.
The new system, developed in collaboration with our supply chain partners MWay Communications and designers Mott MacDonald, involves a plug and socket arrangement which allows the new columns to be easily removed and replaced in the future. The power supply to each individual column can be easily isolated, negating the need for specialist access equipment, thus improving operator safety. Fuse protection was also included within the plug design, negating the requirement for a cut-out and column door, reducing the risk of corrosion.
Height of the 193 columns across the bridge span was reduced from 10m to 8m and the replacement of 150w SON with 86w LEDs has equated to around 40 per cent energy saving. With the lighting linked to the CPS Central Management System further energy savings using dynamic dimming and adaptive lighting are potentially possible. In total, the team managed to save £400,000 through value engineering on this £3 million scheme.
M25 energy manager and street lighting asset manager Paul Barlex said: “When designing renewal schemes, whole life cost and maintenance play an integral part in our design approach. Early contractor involvement ensured that specialist knowledge delivered a lighting installation that meets the asset requirement as well as delivering energy efficiency.”
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Jackson was highly commended in the ICE South East Awards for its work on the Gade Valley Expansion Joint Replacement Scheme on the M25.
The project involved the replacement of two expansion joints on the Gade Valley Viaduct, at Junction 20, which were skewed by more than 30 degrees.
Using temporary over-ramps which were originally developed for a previous Jackson project on the QEII Bridge, this innovative temporary works solution was successfully re-deployed following minimal modification, allowing the team to complete the project with very little disruption to traffic.
This ramp solution has the potential to be re-used at a further 26 locations across the M25 network, and they are currently being used on a similar project at New Haw Viaduct.
Whilst in-situ, 30.2 million vehicles drove over the ramps at Gade Valley, their drivers were largely unaware of their presence. Considering this number in the context of delays that could have been caused by the works, the benefits for this temporary works method are unquantifiable, and in that respect, this innovation has been a triumph for the industry.
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Collaboration is currently our industry’s favourite buzzword, so here it is, in action, delivering rock solid results for the benefit of the UK’s road network.Working with our clients, Connect Plus & Connect Plus Services, Jackson carried out some trials of a new waterproofing agent, Matacryl on the M25 Mardyke Viaduct. The benefit of Matacryl is that it’s easier to apply, quicker to cure, and can be installed under far less stringent weather conditions than conventional waterproofing materials, which means far fewer delays to waterproofing works. Our Framework Director Paul Watson explains: “The initial trial was a great success however, we faced a real challenge in sourcing the material due to a lack of suppliers in the UK. To solve the problem, we worked with the manufacturer, RPM, and one of our supply chain partners Techjoint, who agreed to get involved. As a result, Matacryl is now being used widely across the UK’s road network, reducing delays to waterproofing works, and keeping the traffic flowing.” Mark Healy from Techjoint said: “As a result of the collaborative nature of our relationship with Jackson and Connect Plus, we were confident enough to invest in new plant, equipment, training and development of new products. The Jackson/CP team are always there at the end of the phone if we ever need any advice, even on competitor’s projects and this is something that is unique in our business.” The results from the initial trials have since been shared with other Framework suppliers through the Research and Development Forums, and the Collaboration Portal, and Matacryl is now widely used across the UK’s highways network. Furthermore, this relationship, a shining example of best practice collaboration with the supply chain, has led Jackson to be shortlisted for the NEC Contractor of the Year award, which has a particular emphasis on clause 10.1 – the obligation to act in a spirit of mutual trust. The winner will be announced at the NEC Annual Seminar at the end of this month.