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DfT chooses consultants for Leeds Bradford airport plans

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have been appointed by the Department for Transport to carry out a study looking at ways to improve connectivity to Leeds Bradford International Airport.

The team will undertake research on ways to substantially improve the connectivity of LBIA to surrounding areas. This will include identifying surface access improvements that would be required to facilitate growth, including highway, public transport and other sustainable modes.

A Treasury report published in June last year, Investing in Britain’s Future, identified six “notorious and longstanding road congestion hotspots” that required further feasibility studies, one of which comprised the links to LBIA.

The Aviation Policy Framework, published in March 2013, affirmed the government’s commitment to work with airport operators, transport operators, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to improve surface access to airports across the country, while taking into account the associated environmental impacts.

WSP buys French infrastructure firm

WSP has bought French infrastructure firm Technip TPS S.A.S. The acquisition will add 100 employees to WSP’s existing workforce in France. In 2013, TPS posted around £16.5m in revenue.

The acquisition, which remains subject to closing conditions, is scheduled to take effect around 30 April. Following the closing of the transaction, current TPS president of TPS Éric Falleur will continue to head the operations of this subsidiary in France.

As a result of the transaction, WSP will have 150 employees in France, based in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse and Grenoble.

“TPS has solid skills when it comes to designing and carrying out major initiatives and has worked on projects such as the national library in Paris (Bibliothèque de France) and Airbus’s A380 assembly plant in Toulouse,” said WSP president and chief executive Pierre Shoiry.

“TPS’s international reputation, particularly in the aeronautics and health sectors in Middle East and Asia, will enable us to pursue our growth strategy and to maximize WSP’s worldwide network for our French clientele,” he added.

WSP project director Adrian Kemp said: “We will be drawing on the knowledge and expertise of local stakeholders, examining all previous work and proposals and identifying new options in order to come to a recommendation for improving connectivity in this crucial area of the city region.

“Unlocking these constraints has the potential to significantly improve the wider transport network, keeping the UK on the move and stimulating economic growth both nationally and locally.”

The project will be led from the WSP office in Leeds and will conclude by early August this year.

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