Morpeth Bypass team scoop national award

Just a day after Morpeth’s brand new £30m bypass opened, the team who built it have scooped a national industry award.

The scheme, one of the largest current road projects in the region, will cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and South East Northumberland.

Forecasts also suggest that over the coming years the scheme has the potential to trigger the creation of over 8,000 jobs locally, with an estimated £47million economic benefit to the county.

Now the County Council and contractors Carillion Civil Engineering have been awarded “Gold” in the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards in the £10m-£50m scheme category.

The award recognised “outstanding interaction” with the local community and highlighted “exemplary” presentation of all operational areas, which were described as being a credit “to the company and the industry”.

It also noted the work to promote women in engineering and the team’s efforts to protect the environment.

Northumberland County Council Director of Local Services and Housing Delivery Paul Jones said: “The council and the contractors we use pride ourselves on working to the highest standards throughout every stage of the process, so that we identify and address issues at the earliest opportunity, and deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities.

“We’re delighted the work on this flagship project has been recognised with a national award. It is a credit to all those who have been involved with the bypass construction over the past two years.”

Carillion Project Director Dave Bennett said: “The success of the Morpeth Northern Bypass project was very much dependent on Carillion’s successful relationships within local communities, and the project working sustainably for the local wildlife and landscape.

"For the work we’ve done throughout the project to be recognised with a Gold Award is fantastic and a testament to the effort made by everyone on this project to be a good neighbour to everyone with an interest in making the Morpeth Northern Bypass a success."
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