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A160 Port of Immingham improvements

Immingham, United Kingdom




2 years




United Kingdom
Project achievements

Economy boosted

Easier access unlocks economic benefits.

Solved the problem

Increase capacity on busy trunk road.

Used engineering skill

Included installing a road tunnel under a railway.

Improve road access and capacity for the port

The upgrading of the A160 will increase the capacity of the highway network between the current A180 dual carriageway and the Port of Immingham.

The Port of Immingham is the largest port for freight volume and handles up to 55m tonnes of goods every year, including nearly 20m tonnes of oil and 10m tonnes of coal.

The port contributes £460m to the regional economy every year; increasing this capacity brings long term benefits to the UK’s economy.

The A160 also provides key access to development areas on the southern bank of the Humber estuary which is currently a principal target for investment including major wind turbine equipment production and renewable energy land base.

The aim of the improvements are to provide better access to the Port of Immingham and the surrounding area, reduce congestion, stimulate growth and unlock economic benefits.

A160 Port of Immingham improvements

Did you know …

  1. The project installed a double lane road tunnel under the busiest freight railway line in the UK within a 76-hour period, Christmas 2015. The works were streamed live over the internet and resulted in over 6,000 views before New Year’s Eve 2015.

  2. Extensive archaeological investigation was carried out with over 28,000 artefacts and eco facts discovered.

  3. The project has re-used all existing tar bound material to avoid landfill.

Project achievements and benefits

The project has increased capacity for the 40,000 vehicles that use the route on a daily basis, with the roundabout at Brocklesby Interchange having been upgraded to provide access to and from the A180.

The Townstreet element of the works included the construction of a new bridge to reconnect two parts of the South Killingholme community that had been previously separated by the increasingly congested dual carriageway.

The new bridge provides a much safer junction for the children in the community to get to school.

The scheme was an early adopter of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for construction and has fully utilised techniques throughout to assist in communication for the coordination of the rail slide works and also in preparing the asset data to return to the maintenance provider.

Drone technology was used to undertake key survey work and capture progress. In April 2016 three members of staff and a member from Highways England attended The Oasis Academy in Immingham to deliver a presentation promoting the innovative use of BIM technology and drone use on the project.

The presentation was also attended by SenSat, the organisation behind the drone technology. A demonstration of the different variants of drone technology was provided including an introduction to the sophisticated software used to capture and analyse the survey data. Following the event, a number of pupils expressed an interest in learning more about the technology.

Over 1,700 members of staff worked on the project with majority living within the local area.

The team also worked with schools and community groups in the area – from staff volunteering hours in schools to donations to community food banks. All shredded paper was donated to the local animal shelter for bedding.

People who made it happen

  • Client: Highways England
  • Design: Jacobs UK
  • Contractor: Costain

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