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The M9 Winchburgh Junction: conception to completion

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Date
23 February 2023
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Overview

This presentation will look at the challenges faced in taking the junction from concept through to construction during uncertain economic climates over the last 15 years. It will firstly discuss the background to the new junction outlining the need for this critical piece of transport infrastructure in terms of supporting the growth of the village of Winchburgh in West Lothian.

With Winchburgh’s population increasing from around 2,400 to 14,000 inhabitants over the next 10 years it is one of the UK’s biggest placemaking projects, and providing reliable, safe journeys is of critical importance. The new M9 Winchburgh junction will provide faster routes into Winchburgh Village and across to the Queensferry crossing to the north, Edinburgh to the east side and Glasgow, Stirling and Falkirk to the west.

The junction and supporting transport network form a key part of Winchburgh’s masterplan delivery including: the Beatlie Road and bridge upgrade, town centre core road and streets, canal overbridge, eastern distributor road to Kirkliston, and railway overbridge. This equates to over £50 million of investment over a three-year period. All provided by WDL.

The designer of the works, Sweco, will explain the key challenges faced in taking the junction from preliminary design through to detailed design. The presentation will discuss how poor ground conditions were overcome and solutions which were put in place to ensure sustainability was at the forefront of the design.

The Principal Contractor for the works RJ McLeod Contractors Ltd will then give an overview of the construction sequencing/ programme of the scheme with particular emphasis on temporary works solutions developed by the Contractor and their Temporary Works Designers for removal of poor ground below the proposed NB Diverge and SB Merge slip road embankments adjacent to the live M9 embankment.

Thomson Gray, as NEC4 Project Manager for the project, will provide a brief summary of the key elements of cooperation and team ethos that helped the project succeed.

Programme

18:30 - 18:45

Winchburgh Developments Limited

18:45 – 19:00

Sweco

19:00 – 19:15

RJ McLeod

19:15 – 19:30

Thomson Gray

Speakers

Drew McAllister

Drew McAllister

Winchburgh Developments Ltd

Engineering Manager

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Drew McAllister

Drew McAllister (WDL) – Drew is an Incorporated Civil Engineer and member of the ICE. He joined WDL as their Engineering Manager in 2022 after 10 years of experience working on the Winchburgh development as a key member of the Sweco Engineering team. Drew began working with Sweco as a Graduate in 2012 and has worked on the project ever since.

Ryan Lockhart

Ryan Lockhart

Sweco

highways design team leader

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Ryan Lockhart

Ryan is a Chartered Civil Engineer and member of the ICE who held the role of highways design team leader for the design of the new M9 Winchburgh Junction on behalf of Sweco.

Ryan has worked on numerous large scale transportation projects, both in design and site supervision, including the M8 M73 M74 Network Improvements, Queensferry Crossing and A92 A96 Haudagain Improvement.

Allan Donnelly

Allan Donnelly

RJ McLeod

Project Manager

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Allan Donnelly

Allan was the Project Manager for the construction phase of the new M9 junction with overall responsibility for the project on behalf of RJ McLeod Contractors. Allan has worked on many trunk road improvement projects during the construction phase, including the A75 Dunragit Bypass scheme and A75 Cairntop to Barlae project.

Steven Fallon

Steven Fallon

RJ McLeod

Design Coordinator

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Steven Fallon

Steven is an Incorporated Engineer and member of the ICE who held the role of Design Coordinator on the Winchburgh M9 Junction scheme on behalf of RJ McLeod Contractors.

Steven has worked on a number of infrastructure and transportation schemes including A75 Dunragit Bypass project and Baker’s Brae realignment, Greenock.

Ian MacGregor

Ian MacGregor

Thomson Gray

Director

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Ian MacGregor

Ian is a Director with Thomson Gray and heads up the Project Management team. Ian has over 15 years professional experience.

A chartered Project Manager, Ian has worked on education healthcare, housing, aviation and civils projects ranging from £100k to £100m; he offers broad experience throughout Scotland. Ian is a Chartered Project Manager and is also a NEC3 and NEC4 Certified Project Manager.

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