Yeadon Way, Blackpool

Remediation of the main tourist access routes into Blackpool
Blackpool Council
NEC3 Option A


On the main tourist route into Blackpool, carrying over 12,000 vehicles daily from the M55, it was essential that the scheme was completion out of season and without any overrun.

A single-lane two way elevated carriage way was built in 1986 on a railway embankment.  It experienced ongoing settlement and pavement deterioration, a consequence of poor drainage and underlying problems with the embankment.  The brief was to Design and Build a solution to remediate 2 km of the road and embankment. Tenders were only considered if contractors demonstrated that the project would be completed before Whitsun Bank Holiday and would be below the budget (£2.4m). The works commenced immediately after the end of the illuminations.

The works comprised:

  • Embankment remediation – stabilised a section of the embankment with Controlled Modulus Columns and re-constructed the top 1.4m of the embankment. The re-constructed section included steepened reinforced earth-side slopes to support the carriageway and alleviate pressure on the failing embankment shoulders. It used basal geogrid strengthening to distribute any differential settlement. We analysed the site investigation and, working with our subcontractor and earthworks designer, we reused all possible fill material, removing 14,000m³ of material from landfill, eliminating 3,000 lorry movements that would have been required if the methodology adopted by Blackpool for Phase1 had been adopted
  • Highway construction – We designed the highway construction built-up in accordance with DMRB, including the bituminous layers and re-utilised the arising in the unbound layers. The quality of the completed works and the design was verified by end product compaction testing of the earthworks and Falling Weight Deflectometer testing on top of the unbound layers
  • Drainage – A drainage system design was commissioned from Waterco. This relocated the drainage from the centre of the embankment to the embankment haunch to ensure future maintenance would be considerably easier.  To create the haunch we utilised 150-225mm twin-wall pipe and catch-pits with granular bedding created from processing the embankment fills
  • Installation of kerbs
  • Relocation, resetting and replacement of street furniture
  • Replacement of Road Restraint System
  • Relocation and replacement of traffic signage and markings
  • Replacement street lighting
  • Traffic Management – The original contract allowed uni-directional access from the M53 junction due to safety concerns. We proposed an alternative traffic management arrangement to provide access at both ends, trialling this before implementation and it reduced the programme
  • Disposal of any materials removed as part of the works

Key Challenges

  • Poor weather in January/February affected earthworks. Weekend working was agreed, works re-sequenced ensuring completion to programme
  • Exposed site to weather blowing off the Irish Sea
  • Covid-19 – pandemic hit during closing phases of the project
  • Achieving programme was vital to Blackpool businesses that reply on tourism
  • Limited space 3 km site only 10m wide so works had to be carefully sequenced to allow safe access

Minimising disruption on the main route into Blackpool centre and South Shore was essential.

Added Value

  • EWCE’s experience in Geotechnical works were used to develop an extremely cost efficient design to maximise reuse of materials and meet Blackpool’s aims of keeping Yeadon Way maintenance free for years to come within a tight budget
  • Traffic Management was important to the success of the scheme with appropriate diversion routes agreed with all stakeholders in advance to avoid schools and other sensitive areas

Client Feedback

“Control measures were brilliant and considerate to nearby properties, Very good liaising with the residents. Opened on time with many obstacles in our way. (Covid-19 and a really wet February). Dave/Jason/James/Sam performed really well and went over and above to meet the programme and cater for additional works. Good site management at all times.”
Steven Gilmour
Highway Engineer – Blackpool Council

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