Atkins picked to maintain Ireland’s motorways

The M8 motorway under construction in Ireland, 2009 (Seighean/Public domain)
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been commissioned by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to oversee the maintenance of Ireland’s motorway and dual carriageway network. 

Under an initial five-year agreement, Atkins will procure supervision, monitoring, audit, design, technical, advisory and asset management services to maintain 844km of motorways and dual carriageways in Dublin and the eastern seaboard area (Region East), and Cork and south/south-east of Ireland (Region South)

The work in Ireland is being carried out under the second generation of the Motorway Contracts Audit and Administration Services (MCAAS-2) program which focuses on asset management, repair and renewal. 

Atkins also led the first generation of MCAAS, having been appointed in 2013 to support the management of the entire motorway network.

“This appointment will see us build on the work undertaken over the last eight years as we continue to support TII in providing sustainable transport infrastructure which unlocks economic growth while respecting the environment,” said Richard Robinson, CEO Atkins UK and Europe.

Peter Walsh CEO TII stated, “On behalf of TII, I am delighted to be awarding Atkins the MCAAS commissions for Region East and region South. Asset management is critical for helping us drive the continuous improvement needed so the country can continue to get the best value from our high-speed road network and thereby safeguard the future of one of Ireland’s most important assets.’’

At a glance:

Region East

  • 201km of Network A under Motorway Maintenance and Renewal Contract (MMaRC)
  • 209km covered by five Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts: M50 Upgrade, M1 Dundalk Western Bypass, M3 Clonee – Kells, N7 – N11 Arklow – Rathnew, and M11 Gorey – Enniscorthy

Region South

  • 340km of Network C under MMaRC
  • 94km under four PPP contracts: M7 – M8 Portlaoise – Cullahill, M8 Rathcormac Fermoy, N25 Waterford City Bypass, and N25 New Ross Bypass
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