Contractor for Newtown bypass announced

The contract for the Newtown bypass has been announced by the Minister of Transport, Edwina Hart.

Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd with engineering and environmental support provided by Atkins and TACP respectively will carry out the work on the 5.6km bypass, which will improve safety, reduce congestion and improve journey times around the town.

They will now progress the scheme through the design development stage, statutory processes and finally onto construction.

Mrs Hart said:

“I am delighted to be able to award the contract for this very important project, which will improve the quality of life for the people of Newtown and improve journey times and safety along the A483 and A489.

The contract will also include further transport improvements for the town including footway improvements and provisions of cycle ways.  Once the bypass is completed, further improvements to the traffic flow through the town will be made.

It is also encouraging to see that a Welsh company has won this tender, which will help safeguard Welsh jobs and result in money staying in the local economy.”

The procurement process was conducted under the OJEU Restricted Procedure. Following a pre-qualification competition, five contractors were invited to tender for the contract.

The next stage of the project will be the preparation of the preliminary design and publication of the draft orders, which is expected by April 2014.

Griffiths Working with Plant i Telematics.

Plant i will be working very closely with Griffiths Fleet managers to ensure the Vehicle Environmental Impact is kept to a minimum by monitoring CO2 of all vehicles and machinery used. This will be done by utilising plant machinery and monitoring driving standards in all vehicle types using CANbus black box technology. We will also be looking at data supplied by Plant i Telematics from previous contracts to help us reduce our fuel and CO2 impact.

Sam Browne Plant i MD.

“Griffith have worked very closely with Plant i for over 5 years and are delighted to hear that Griffiths have won this contract securing employment in Mid Wales. We look forward to working together on this project and have already started to implement systems and solutions for this contract.”