This article reports on the evolution of a modern urban road project, the construction of the link between the M11 motorway and the A12 trunk road in north east London. A similar scheme was conceived in the early 1900s but delayed by World War 2. The scheme re-emerged in the 1960s, had three public inquiries in the 1980s, and was eventually built in the 1990s, when attitudes against it had hardened so much that the construction site became a battle zone. For consultant WS Atkins, the scheme emphasised the engineer's changing role. What began as a traditional planning and design job evolved into whole scheme management, environmental design, and control of a massive security and site clearance operation. Its project manager asked nobody to any job that he would not do himself. Thus he negotiated with protesters, dodged booby traps, redirected suspected explosive packages to the bomb disposal squad, and did the normal functions of a project engineer. The Highways Agency (HA) bought properties on the route, which had to be demolished, but environmental protesters then squatted in them, just after the Twyford Down scheme had finished amid great publicity. The scheme was split into four contracts. In addition to the legal cases that had to be fought, several complicated tunnels had to be built at parts of the route.

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    Alad Limited

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  • Authors:
    • ROSKROW, B
  • Publication Date: 2000-6


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  • Accession Number: 00798017
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2000 12:00AM