WSP and Leeds make it another 10 years

27/04/2020
Dominic Browne

WSP has been retained as the sole supplier for Leeds City Council’s Highways and transportation civil engineering core contract under a new 10-year partnership.

WSP has been the main consultant for Leeds City Council’s highways and transportation service since September 2003 - though it was 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 will deliver a wide portfolio of services including maintenance and improvements of bridges, highways and delivering flood risk management with staff seconded directly into Leeds City Council.

The team will also bring in expertise from the wider WSP business, which employs more than 450 staff in Leeds.

These extra staff emebers will support additional specialist services including transport modelling, structures design and environmental assessments.

A joint statement from Leeds City Council executive member for transport and sustainable development, Cllr Lisa Mulherin, and Phil Matson, WSP commission manager and key client manager for Leeds City Council, read: '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’ve 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.'

WSP has helped transform the city’s transport infrastructure through West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) schemes including the 23km ‘Cycle Superhighway’ from East Leeds to Bradford Centre, which was the UK’s first attempt to develop a separate, long-distance cycle route.

WSP is also the lead development partner on transforming the city’s bus infrastructure as part of the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP)- working on new 'bus priority corridors' and the creation and expansion of park and ride schemes at Stourton Park, Temple Green and Elland Road.

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