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Connecting people

Highways are an essential element in connecting people and places, and in enabling the movement of goods. As the number of journeys made for business and leisure continues to increase and diversify across different modes, here at AtkinsRéalis, we’re helping our clients reimagine, reinvent and re-energise infrastructure to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

We’ve been delivering major highway projects for public-sector clients across the world for decades, working on a wide range of projects that include the delivery of large highway improvement schemes and smart motorways on the strategic road network in the UK and delivering new tolling systems in America.

More recently we’ve been supporting our UK local authority clients to adapt to the policy changes that put active travel and sustainable transport at the forefront of the movement of people and goods by repurposing existing highway infrastructure to meet various policy objectives around climate change, health and Net Zero.

We help our clients embrace new ideas such as digital engineering, implement inclusive designs for use by all and adopt a safe design approach, as well as embed sustainability into everything we do. We solve some of the most complex engineering problems – applying innovative thinking, pioneering technologies and delivering outstanding projects to create the best outcome for clients and society, every single time.

Wellbeing and work-life balance are core to the way we work, and we’re continuously evolving to build and maintain a community that shares the belief that everyone’s voice is valuable and should be treated equally.

That’s why we are different - and why we are one of the most prominent highway consultants in the world.

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Connnecting with you wherever you are

We bring a holistic approach to every project. We understand our clients and partners at all scales and regions. We look to make positive impacts and build relationships.

As an organisation working across the many aspects of transportation, we bring world-class solutions from across our business to deliver safe, efficient and sustainable solutions for our clients and their customers.

Our diverse portfolio of services span entire project lifecycles. You can be assured that when you partner with us, you will always get the right results.

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Key projects

Our planning and design consultancy work involves developing solutions to enhance our clients’ ability to meet customer needs. From initial feasibility studies and preliminary design, through to supervision of on-site delivery, our technical design teams have worked with a variety of clients to develop the right solutions to service network needs.

Our role as digital leaders puts us at the forefront of intelligent mobility – a development that will change the way the world travels. Combined with increasingly sophisticated driverless technologies, our clients are integrating intelligent mobility into existing and new highways infrastructure, therefore delivering a safer and improved road user experience.

Connect Plus Service

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The M25 is the orbital motorway surrounding greater London and is one of the busiest sections of the road network in the UK. The motorway is 273 miles long (439 km) and it supports road users in making 75 million journeys a year. Connect Plus Services (CPS) is a Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract; AtkinsRéalis business works as part of an unincorporated joint venture with our partners Balfour Beatty and Egis Road Operation UK.

As a part of the joint venture, which was established in 2009, AtkinsRéalis provides expert support and skilled staff across a number of engineering and construction disciplines to carry out the asset management, initial design and project scoping, detailed design, technical consultancy and project management for all of the lifecycle asset management and network improvement schemes across the M25 and all adjoining trunk and slip roads.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon

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Making history as the biggest road projects in the UK, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme now makes an indispensable route for nearly 85,000 drivers transporting essentials in and around the UK. One of the most challenging projects that has been undertaken by AtkinsRéalis, the A14 made a milestone achievement, by delivering the project eight months earlier than its scheduled time, even in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a major design partner in the joint venture to deliver Highways England’s £1.5 billion upgrade to the A14, our approach to using digital technologies has not only taught us valuable lessons, but it has also moved our industry further along the digital journey.

Read more about the A14 upgrade

Active Travel

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AtkinsRéalis has a dedicated UK-wide active travel community consisting of planners, designers and engineers. Through regular formal technical group meetings and training, our staff are kept at the forefront of active travel best practice and work on some of the most complex active travel infrastructure schemes across the UK from strategic cycling routes as part of major trunk road upgrades through to local authority transport corridor schemes, cyclops junctions, public realm improvements, liveable neighbourhoods and HS2.

Our team has led the way in writing national standards and guidance documents that underpin best practice for key clients and has delivered training for local authority clients to better embed active travel in to everything we do in highways and local transport projects. Working across our organisation as a combined multi-disciplinary team, we are designing and building schemes that are safe and inclusive for all ages and abilities.

Our team can provide opportunities to develop your career in a structured way across a variety of active travel disciplines, working on high-profile projects both within the UK and internationally.