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Go Traffic Management is Awarded Transport Contract by Coventry City Council

From 29th August 2022, Go Traffic Management will be acting as the single supplier for Coventry City Council for traffic management.
Coventry City Council has an active Highways Team delivering a wide range of planned and reactive maintenance across the city and often requires experienced traffic management support to undertake these activities. This framework enables the Council to efficiently get the support they require when and where they need it to keep their team safe and traffic flowing.

Services include road closures and diversions, temporary traffic signals, and lane closures, all supported by detailed traffic management drawings (including diversion routes).

Dan Holland, Chief Executive, said:
“We are thrilled with this contract award and are looking forward to working in collaboration with Coventry City Council to support their Highways Team with our traffic management services.

We have extensive experience working with public sector clients and are well-equipped to support the Council as they carry out their pre-planned highways programmes as well as their emergency response work.”

A57 Mottram Moor

Context:

On behalf of Cadent, Network Plus installed 1.4km of gas pipe under Mottram Moor, Tameside. As the major truck route from Sheffield to Manchester, the site needed expert and responsive traffic management to keep the site safe while minimising disruption for traffic and residents.

 Approach:

Due to the complex nature of the site, GTM worked closely with Cadent and Network Plus to develop a viable scheme that met the requirements of all stakeholders.

Signage and communication were key elements of the scheme, immediately implemented upon approval, with permanent message signs on the M1, temporary variable signs in the surrounding area and client-led press messaging. A fortnight before the first major closure, signage was used to give advanced warning to motorists to find an alternative route.

Throughout the project, GTM worked flexibly with the client to adapt the plans to meet the changing needs of the site, reallocating gangs and adjusting to changes as and when needed.

The team implemented Urban Traffic Control for a 1-way closure and adjusted highway signals, as well as a major reconfiguring of highway layout to allow a dedicated lane for M60 traffic.

GTM worked with the client operatives on site as a single team to meet the needs of the project, and helped both teams to overcome any challenges faced.

 The Challenge:

 The major stakeholders – Highways England, Tameside Council, Derbyshire Council and Transport for Greater Manchester – outlined clear requirements for the traffic management, due to the location.

The scheme required 24/7 traffic management throughout the project and had to provide adequate routing for buses, as well as full, accessible footpath arrangements.  The motorway network and access to schools could not be compromised and the site was not to include any temporary traffic lights.

The team ably managed the complex site amidst heavy traffic, reacting to client requirements that developed and responded to resident and motorist queries.

 Conclusion:

This is a great example of GTM’s experience and expertise in managing complex schemes in heavy-flow traffic. It also demonstrates the teams’ agility in responding to site-based complications and emerging client requirements, while still providing a consistent public-facing service.

The extremely positive feedback received from a local resident, key stakeholder Tameside Council and from one of the teams on site for the client clearly demonstrates the success of this high-profile traffic management scheme.

Feedback

“The traffic management has always been immaculate and in really good order. I drive past daily and have never had any cause for concern. The communication throughout has been second to none. I know the road crossings on Mottram Moor, Back Moor and Stalybridge Road were tricky to manage with moving traffic but they have all been undertaken without a traffic signal in sight. Well done!!!”

“…a massive thanks to you and your team, for the professional and proactive manner in the way you have delivered the traffic management on my site. The two lads on-site Neil and David have been absolutely fantastic, the job has been difficult at times, but they done everything I have asked of them. They are a credit to you, GTM…”

“The Traffic management for this scheme has been difficult and changes in the layout seems, from our perspective, to have been carried out with far less disruption and noise that we have experienced in the past… Throughout the works all of the people who have been working here have been polite and courteous and have worked some long hours to get the job done despite some unexpected problems.  We can only praise them and wish that the workforce from other organisations would be as thoughtful towards residents in the area they are working. “

OMERS Private Equity announces agreement to acquire Network Plus

Announcement marks OMERS Private Equity’s entrance into the UK’s critical utility/infrastructure repair and maintenance sector, with significant tailwinds from required investment in energy transition and decarbonisation.

 

London, 11 July – OMERS Private Equity announced today that it has entered into an agreement with management shareholders and Livingbridge to acquire Network Plus (the “Company”), a leading utility and infrastructure repair and maintenance service provider in the UK.  OMERS Private Equity invests on behalf of OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

 

As one of the UK’s leading utility and infrastructure service providers, Network Plus partners with blue chip organisations to maintain and deliver essential services – including water, electricity, gas and telecoms – to homes, businesses, and industry. The Company is headquartered in Worsley, Greater Manchester with a team of more than 5,000 professionals working from 85 regional offices and depots across the UK.

 

Jonathan Mussellwhite, Senior Managing Director and OMERS Head of European Private Equity, said: “For the last five years, Dan Holland and Stuart Fraser, along with the Network Plus management team, have built a market-leading business with a world-class customer-centric reputation, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with them on the next phase of the business’ development. As long-term partners with evergreen capital, OMERS is uniquely placed to support the business going forward, not least the role it has to play assisting UK infrastructure with the significant investment required across energy transition, decarbonisation and sustainability.”

 

Dan Holland, Joint-CEO, Network Plus, said: “OMERS share our ambition and vision for the business; delivering essential utility services and playing a leading role in the decarbonisation of the UK. They are committed to further developing our core operations and enhancing our expertise in adjacent infrastructure markets, creating new opportunities for our employees and customers. We look forward to working alongside Jonathan, Simon and the wider team.”

 

Simon Jones, Director, OMERS Private Equity Europe, said: “As active investors and managers, we have been very impressed with Network Plus’s track record of growth and the speed in which it has established itself as a leader in the critical and resilient UK infrastructure services market. We are excited, not only by the significant whitespace remaining in core markets, but also by opportunities to expand into adjacent sectors with the same need for recurring repair, maintenance and investment services and where customer safety and service are paramount. With OMERS deep experience in bolt-ons and strategic acquisitions, as well as substantial capital to deploy, we are well positioned to support the Company’s strategy.”

 

About OMERS Private Equity:

OMERS Private Equity manages investments globally on behalf of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with C$121 billion in net assets as at December 31, 2021, including approximately C$19.6 billion in net private equity investment asset exposure. With teams in New York, London, Toronto and Singapore, OMERS Private Equity invests across Industrials, Healthcare, Business Services and Technology, deploying an evergreen capital base to partner with strong management teams and transform good companies into industry leaders around the globe. www.omersprivateequity.com

 

 

GTM becomes a member of the Traffic Management Contractors Association

GTM is pleased to join the Traffic Management Contractors Association (TMCA) and continue to uphold its services to the highest of standards.

The TMCA and its members are leaders in health, safety, wellbeing, social value, sustainability, innovation and technology for the installation, operation, maintenance and removal of temporary traffic management.

As leaders in the traffic management industry, operating across the UK, GTM is looking forward to being an integral part of the TMCA. As members, the team will work with industry partners tackling industry wide challenges and shaping the future collaboratively to deliver the best service possible for clients and the communities we work in.

Daryl Cheetham, Executive Director, said “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with other experts and industry stakeholders to build a sustainable future of our industry and impact the industry in key focus areas. We are proud of our TMCA membership and looking forward to working with other members and partners from the group.”

Network Plus group of companies wins MEN Business of the Year Award 2022

Last week the Network Plus group of companies was the proud recipients of the “Business of the Year: Turnover £100m+” award at the prestigious MEN Business Awards 2022. This award recognises the dedication, value and success of our teams across all the Network Plus group, including GTM. It was a highly competitive process and great to see the continued rise of successful business across the region.


With our headquarters in Greater Manchester, Network Plus delivers services for a number of utility and infrastructure clients in the city region and across the North-West, with GTM providing expert traffic management services across the area. As a rapidly growing company, with a long history of providing crucial services to help keep Manchester’s infrastructure running and traffic flowing; our hundreds of team members operating in the area ensure our impact on the local community is positive and alongside our company passion for adding social value we make a real difference.


Joint Chief Executive, Dan Holland said,
“It was a great honour to win the “Business of the Year” in our category at the MEN Awards last week. Although we provide vital utility, infrastructure and traffic management services to clients across the UK, Manchester holds a special place in our hearts,” said Stuart Fraser, joint CEO at Network Plus. “In the Greater Manchester area, we support clients serving a population of 2.7m with essential services including water, gas, transport and traffic management from our headquarters. We need a strong team to deliver these services and take us forward, which is why we provide opportunities for apprentices, graduates and young trainees within the local area.”

GTM is celebrating Women in Construction Week

As part of the Network Plus group of companies, GTM is helping put a spotlight on the role of women across the Network Plus Group of companies and showcasing the great variety of jobs they perform, as part of Women in Construction Week. As a group of companies we strive to attract more females into the business. Across our wider teams we’re giving industry insight to school leavers, improving our recruitment, onboarding and providing career development. We recognise the fantastic women we have across the whole group for the great work they do.

 

Placing a focus on this is crucial. Industry data shows women account for only 11% of the construction workforce. This drops to just 1% of operatives on site. We know the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers (less than 10%) across Europe and this coupled with the major shortage of qualified construction workers forecast presents an opportunity to encourage more women into the sector.

 

Specifically we are enhancing our recruitment processes and procedures, training and support to include:

A full review of our Recruitment and Selection Policy, ensuring transparency, gender neutral job adverts and targeted recruitment

Adding a process for at least one female candidate to be shortlisted for roles to encourage greater diversity

Proactively encouraging female project managers and site based roles through our recruitment processes

The set-up of a “Women in Network Plus” group to identify tangible ways to support each other and encourage more females, especially in operations

A “Women in Leadership” course through Salford University, launching in Spring

Supporting female managers to become mentors via the Women in Utilities network, and complete the Women in Utilities Success programme with Develop Training.

The Network Plus team are also continuing to run a zero tolerance policy on sexism and harassment on operational sites.

 

We are focussed on building an inclusive and supportive culture across Network Plus Group.

 

As we operate at the heart of local communities, a significant area where we can have an impact as a wider business is through our work with schools and colleges. The Network Plus group works with the education sector to help raise awareness of the industry. We share the roles available, the career potential and pathways. Case studies of the journeys of our own team members help attract young talented females into the sector. Our female leaders often deliver school presentations, STEM days and classroom lessons to help bring to life careers in this industry.

 

“It’s crucial that as a business we are diverse and inclusive, reflecting the communities in which we work. For many years the industry has been alive to the challenges faced in terms of future skills shortage and the lack of women in the sector. At Network Plus Group, we already have some fantastic women in the construction and utilities sectors. By building on this talent and proactively providing support to females in the business, we are absolutely doing the right thing. We have exciting plans to build a better future and a more successful industry.” Network Plus Group, which includes GTM.

 

We are thrilled that our group of companies has been shortlisted for the Manchester Evening News Business Awards 2022

GTM and its parent company Network Plus has its headquarters in Greater Manchester and delivers services for many clients within this area of the North West. As a rapidly growing group of companies with a long history of providing crucial services to help keep Manchester’s infrastructure running; our hundreds of team members operating in the area ensure our impact on the local community is positive and alongside our company passion for adding social value we make a real difference.

It is a great honour that our companies have been recognised for the value we add in these prestigious awards which began in 1992 and recognise successful businesses across all sectors.  We are amongst great company as finalists and it is fantastic to see the continued rise of successful businesses across the region. Good luck Network Plus, we are excited to see the results at the awards ceremony which takes on Thursday 7th April at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. Oxford Street, Manchester.

Stuart Fraser, Joint CEO at Network Plus said “Whilst we serve clients across the UK with essential utility and infrastructure services, Manchester has a special place in our heart. From our UK headquarters, every day we provide support for water, gas and power to 2.7 million people in Greater Manchester. As a major employer, we recognise the huge responsibility we have to look after our people, especially when they are working in often dangerous weather conditions like the recent storms. With a near doubling of turnover in the last 12 months, we know that the future for us is bright but it requires a strong team and family feel to the way we work, which is why we’ve recently announced opportunities for apprentices, graduates and young trainees to join our business from the local area.”

Find out more about our vacancies on the career pages. For more details about the awards visit www.MENBusinessAwards.co.uk

 

GTM have joined LCRIG

GTM are always looking for the latest innovations in traffic management and we’re delighted to announce we have joined LCRIG – Local Council Roads Innovation Group. LCRIG supports the ‘highways community’ by organising and coordinating a suite of activities to facilitate collaboration and innovation. Recognising GTM is now one of the UK’s largest traffic management providers with local depot bases up and down the country, we have made significant investments in latest technologies, plant and fleet and are at the forefront in delivering solutions which are both effective and sustainable.  We are really keen to share these with LCRIG members.

 

Jess Glover, Senior Business Development Manager at GTM said “We are enthusiastic about our latest adventure by partnering with LCRIG. This is the next exciting step in our future as we share our innovations and continue to develop our existing relationships with Councils, constructors and National Highways. We are also looking forward to creating create new opportunities across the network expertly cultivated by the teams at LCRIG.

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Go-live with Severn Trent Traffic Management Contract

Today marks a double go-live for GTM and Network Plus. Working in partnership with Severn Trent and other organisations, 1st December marks the launch of the new Water Network Maintenance contract. From today Go Traffic Management (GTM) will be supplying traffic management services across the North and South regions. The go-live has been meticulously planned. With comprehensive inductions, delivery of new plant and equipment to operational teams and provision of IT equipment, it’s been a major logistical feat; everyone involved is excited and ready to get going.

For more information about Network Plus visit www.networkplus.co.uk

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