A leading civil engineering firm has completed a major highways scheme that will provide better connectivity to a town centre.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK completed the A49 link road on behalf of Wigan Council.
The project, which was unveiled by Wigan Council leader David Molyneux, will help join the area with the M6 and ease congestion whilst improving air quality along current routes.
Jones Bros constructed a new highway and four bridges, which will provide better east-west connectivity for residents and commuters as well as help boost economic growth.
The community has also benefitted after the family firm invested £2m into the local economy during construction by working with borough-based suppliers and companies for materials, security support and drilling works on-site.
In addition, three apprentices from Wigan were recruited and will be kept on by the civil engineering company to continue their careers.
It also engaged significantly with the community, including holding an artwork competition with a local school, giving young children the opportunity to have their designs on the site’s hoardings.
Jones Bros managing director John Dielhof said: “We are pleased our first major project for Wigan Council has been such a success.
“As well as delivering infrastructure that will benefit local people and visitors to the area, we are confident our work in the community will provide a lasting legacy.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank commuters for their patience during the works.
“The on-site team have overcome a number of challenges throughout the scheme and it’s testament to their positive attitude and capabilities that this much-needed link road has been completed on budget and on schedule.”
Coun Molyneux said: “The completion of the road is a boost for the borough and will provide quicker journey times for those commuting in and out of the town centre.
“I’m delighted to declare the road officially open and look forward to those who live, work and visit Wigan Borough benefitting from this new infrastructure.
“The A49 project is a key part of our wider plans for better connectivity across the borough, helping to generate economic growth.
“Since Jones Bros started on-site in late 2018, they have been committed and professional, working hard during testing times to ensure the project can be completed.”
The scheme has been made possible through funding support from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Growth Deal pot, which is managed by Transport for Greater Manchester.
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros’ leadership team consists of members of the second and third generations of the founding family. It employs more than 400 people.
The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced more than 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.
For more information visit www.jones-bros.com