Kilkern wins key M6 Motorway civils package

14th Apr 2022

Infrastructure and civil engineer Kilkern has been appointed to deliver a programme of excavation works on a key section of National Highways’ M6 junction 21a to junction 26 motorway upgrade.
The Manchester-based business has been brought in by lead contractor Costain to dig a series of launch and reception pits in the motorway’s verges in preparation for the directional drilling of new underground electrical service duct routes.

The work forms part of the National Highways Motorway Upgrade Programme which will increase lane capacity on the strategic road network by embedding roadside technology and converting hard shoulders to all-lane running.

Each launch and reception shaft will be between 2 and 5 metres depth and approximately 12 metres square and will include suitable access ramps for the plant to set up at the correct drilling levels. Drilling will be carried out using an American Augers DD110 rig with each location being approximately 45m in length at a depth of around 4m.
The M6 between Junctions 21a and 26 is one of the UK’s busiest sections of roads. Kilkern’s civil engineering director Chris Wright explained that it will be a priority to plan the works to minimise any disruption to the many concurrent site activities on this very busy project.

“We have worked closely with Costain on other elements of the Motorway Upgrade Programme to ensure that we reduce the impact of works on road users and are carry forward what we’ve learned in our approach here,” he said. “To that end, the six month programme will be carried out mainly at night which will mean traffic flows remain uninterrupted at peak periods.
“We are very pleased to have been given the go-ahead by Costain and look forward to building our relationship as we work together to deliver this important roads project.”
Kilkern’s work started in April 2022 with the completion of this phase by October 2022.

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