CONTRACT PLANNING AND OPERATIONAL DELIVERY
OF THE GAMES LANES
Virtus Traffic Management Solutions assist WJ Roadmarkings Ltd in the successful delivery of the most prolific road markings contract in the UK. “I hired the services of Virtus Traffic Management Solutions to undertake the contract planning and...
A63 CASTLE STREET -
Virtus have been engaged on the A63 Castle Street Project for over 5 years and have been a constant support and offered professional advise during that time.
Steve Smith in particular has shown incredible personal commitment to the scheme and interacted directly with our Client Highways England and a number of stakeholders (including HCC and many business owners in Hull) on our behalf.
Virtus have worked to design a TM Phasing Plan that will provide minimal disruption to the travelling public (vehicle and pedestrian) taking additional account of NMUs, considering sensitive issues and the safety of all.
His input to Highways England’s PCF products and DCO requirements and contributions to the hearings was extensive and contributed hugely to the success that prevailed.
Eileen Longworth – Package Director for RDP North
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MANCHESTER SMART MOTORWAYS
‘Working collaboratively with the team at Virtus has provided many benefits for the M60 Manchester Smart Motorways Scheme.
Neil and his team provide expert knowledge in a way that demonstrates clear understanding of project goals, whilst still providing high-quality overall service to the road-user.
This balance gives enhanced confidence in scheme delivery, and provides a great source of experience-based knowledge for the whole team’
Construction Manager Manchester Smart Motorways
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...enthusiasm in all aspects of their work with Highways England and have been willing to develop their capability at all opportunities. I know changing the way our industry works is not an easy task, however Virtus have truly embraced the basic concepts of a Lean System and have applied it to great effect on the Smart Motorway. As a Lean specialist with Highways England I get to review many companies and visit dozens of sites during the course of my work. The Lean Visual Management Systems that Virtus have established on MSM are some of the best I’ve seen and they get a fantastic level of engagement from their staff and suppliers.
“Highways England have been undertaking Lean Maturity Assessments of its main suppliers since 2011, however we realised that in order to change the way that construction works we needed to assess the suppliers closer to the workforce. Virtus were one of the first SMEs to volunteer for a Maturity Assessment, have presented their work at National Lean events for both Highways England and the Lean Construction Institute and are really engaged in developing their Lean capability.”
Lean Practitioner Expert
“Virtus have clearly demonstrated their ambitions to deploy Lean thinking at MSM and seek to deliver value for the project team and ultimately the client. One particular improvement springs to mind is the innovative idea to move Varioguard from the verge to central reserve over one night, which if successful will be a significant improvement in time and money for the project but also the wider SMP community”
Rubicon Wigzell Limited
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NOTTINGHAM EXPRESS TRANSIT - PHASE 2
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the lads that have been and are currently working on the NET Phase 2 project for producing an excellent service throughout the whole contract.
I can honestly say that without Virtus' support we could not have delivered this project as successfully.
The lads have gone above and beyond to help deliver this contract for full passenger service.
Phil Watts, Ed Menear, Paul Collins, Kevin Mole and Rob Douglas are a great asset to your company."
Alex Beattie, Traffic Management Coordinator - Taylor Woodrow
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CONTRACT PLANNING AND OPERATIONAL DELIVERY OF THE GAMES LANES
...operational delivery of the Games Lanes. Their technical abilities and operational commitment surpassed all expectations and they played a crucial part in the successful delivery of the Games Lanes for W J Roadmarkings.” Wayne Johnston – W J Linkline Group, Managing Director
Virtus were first approached by W J Roadmarkings in November 2011 and were initially engaged to review and carry out a materials take off from over 1600 detailed road marking drawings.
Little did we know this was just the beginning of a long and very challenging journey that would lead to Virtus spending the next 9 months working full time Project Managing the Olympic Route Network contract on behalf of WJ Roadmarkings.
In January 2012 we made the decision to commit all of our time to the project, in order for us to effectively plan and programme the installation of the infamous Games Lanes.
Over the coming months we integrated into Transport For London alongside their five delivery partners, RingwayJacobs, Amey, JB Riney, FM Conway & Enterprisemouchel, to assist their management and planning teams in programming the alterations to over 128km of existing road markings, which was predominantly made up of 3M’s Stamark Temporary Tape, including over 8000 letters/arrows and around 530 carriageway symbols.
Part of our remit was to mobilise a fully operational depot in Dagenham. This enabled road marking crews from the WJ Linkline Groups to relocate and work from a central operating base for the duration of the scheme.
Working within the depot, we then commenced with the preparation of inductions for over 50 road marking crews & produced over 400 work packs and stock requisitions to enable the crews to install and commission the Olympic Route Network over a twenty five night period, completing the works two nights prior to the opening date of the lanes.
Due to the success of the installation we were requested to remain on the project and undertake the planning and management of the partial removal and reinstallation of the lanes for the Paralympics, and also the final removal/demobilisation, which were equally as challenging as the install but with a more condensed timescale for both the planning and operational delivery.
The Project saw unprecedented numbers of Road Markings and Temporary T.M crews out across the network each night which required a military style approach in order to successfully co-ordinate and deliver the works.
We forged many healthy and hopefully long lasting relationships along the way and as a company Virtus are very proud to have played a key role in the successful delivery of such a high profile and politically sensitive project that was viewed by millions of people worldwide.
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