Atkins Wins Cork N40 Ten T Job
In Ireland, the port city of Cork has appointed Atkins, part of the SNC-Lavalin group, to lead the N40 Ten T transport infrastructure improvement project.
Atkins, a professional services and project management organisation, will be lead technical adviser to Cork City Council on the 15.5km N40 Bypass Modernization Project, a strategic route through the city.
The N40 experiences significant congestion and unreliable service levels during peak periods. The section to be improved comprises 11 junctions and runs between Dunkettle Interchange in East Cork City and Poulavone Junction (N22) in South West Cork City.
Atkins Managing Partner John O’Donovan said the N40 Ten T improvement was a significant win for Atkins. “It’s a great multidisciplinary victory [for Atkins] this will include design, feasibility and selection of options. »
John Stapleton, Principal Engineer at Cork City Council, said Cork is expected to experience significant population and economic growth by 2040, as outlined in the Ireland 2040 blueprint, the National Planning Framework and the National Development Plan. “Improving the N40 Ten T… transport infrastructure is a vital piece of transport infrastructure, providing much needed connectivity around Cork City.”
Atkins will identify and evaluate design solutions along the network, including the 11 grade-separated junctions. This will take account of the planned completion of the Dunkettle Interchange (J11) upgrade program which is expected to impact traffic flow.
The scope of work over the next 18 months by the Atkins Cork office, with support from specialists from its UK headquarters, includes identifying the impact on the N40 of the planned completion of the program upgrade of the Dunkettle interchange. Atkins will assess gaps in the existing N40 transport corridor and identify potential solutions to existing problems.
In addition to making improvements to allow for better traffic flow, Atkins will also deploy its Carbon Assessment Tool to calculate the carbon impact of various transportation options being considered.
The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is a policy of the European Commission aimed at the implementation and development of a European network of roads, railways, inland waterways, maritime waterways, ports, airports and rail terminals. The TEN-T road network includes high-quality motorways and roads, whether existing, new or to be adapted, which play an important role in long-distance traffic across Europe.
Atkins is currently working on the North Cork City Transport Project, which includes a strategic new northern corridor around Cork City.
Atkins also recently won a major contract to oversee the maintenance of 844km of Ireland’s motorway and dual carriageway network, as part of the second generation of contract administration and auditing services. highway, MCAAS-2. Atkins will provide supervision, monitoring, audit, design, technical, advisory and asset management services for the Greater Dublin and East Coast region, as well as Cork and the South/South East of Ireland. Additional specialist support in areas such as sustainability, energy efficiency and pavement design and road safety will also be provided.