Network Plus Group acquires Capital Traffic Management

Our Group company, Network Plus has completed the strategic acquisition of Capital Traffic Management Limited on 4th June 2021. This forms part of Network Plus’ ambitious growth strategy and follows the successful acquisition and integration of specialist overhead lines contractor, Overlec in 2017.

The acquisition strengthens Network Plus’ traffic management and highways operations, spanning the UK’s major transport network from Scotland through to the South of England.

Established in 2006, Capital Traffic Management has an excellent reputation in the market. The company operates across London and the South East and has secured a number of strategic long term contracts to provide specialist traffic management services.

Capital Traffic Management and Network Plus’ subsidiary Go Traffic Management (GTM) provide complementary solutions ranging from surveys, traffic management design, detailed planning and deployment of low speed and high speed services.

Sam Atherton, Group Business Development and Strategy Director said “This acquisition builds on the significant presence of GTM as one of the UK’s major traffic management providers. The expansion into London and the South of England is a key step in our plan, allowing us to provide better and more efficient services to both existing and new customers.”

“Capital Traffic Management supports a range of clients in the civil engineering, telecoms and multi utility markets. We will work closely with the management team to enable a smooth integration into the group and support the next phase of growth for the business.”

Key personnel at Capital Traffic Management, including Kelly Thompson, will remain with the organisation to ensure continuity of service to clients.

A critical partner for road safety

Go Traffic Management were instrumental in making the roads safe following a significant burst of a water main on the A57.

The water main burst caused huge disruption and safety concerns as the water flooded over the major road and impacted 20 of the roads surrounding it. Our teams jumped into action to deliver a swift and safe solution. The priority for Go Traffic Management was to ensure road users were kept safe and diversions led to as little disruption as possible whilst the work to fix the main was taking place.

Due to the sheer volume of the water and the location our teams worked with the local council and the fire and police emergency services. We collaborated to develop the best possible traffic management solution to meet the needs of those making the area safe, those fixing the issue and the members of the public to carry on with their day safely and with minimum disruption.

Our teams closed 20 roads, including the busy A57. We provided eight manned stations around the source of the disruption and brought in heavy equipment to assist tankers feeding water away from nearby properties. We put specialists in place to man the traffic as well as bringing in the latest equipment to cope with the demand and swift resolution required.

Following the initial safety set up, our teams delivered effective traffic management solutions for a three week period, changing diversions and optimising routes alongside the work taking place to fix the issue.

“The rapid on site response and skilled work needed to design a complicated road diversion by GTM  was crucial to the safety of these repairs. The collaboration efforts between their teams, councils and emergency services significantly minimised the disruption. Thank you to GTM” Client representative.

GTM Set To Boost Job Prospects For Young People

Leading traffic management company GTM has today announced a major commitment to the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme. Kickstart aims to offer opportunities to young people at risk of long term unemployment. The company has set out ambitious plans as part of its Social Responsibility programme to attract and support young people into the business, including graduates, apprenticeships and Kickstart.

Through Kickstart, GTM will offer high quality six month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 years who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

GTM, together with sister business Network Plus, will be welcoming 34 new people into the business. Exciting roles will be available across 15 locations nationwide. They range from opportunities in traffic management, as well as water and power. Job roles are wide ranging and include activities such as traffic management support and work planning.

Due to successful long term contract awards, GTM and Network Plus has grown significantly in the last year. As a result of the growth young people joining the Kickstart programme will be offered opportunities in Preston, Bristol, Salford, West Midlands and East Midlands.

Applicants interested in joining the GTM Kickstart programme should complete an application through their local DWP Work Coach.

GTM will be working with Catch22 a charity and social business. Catch22 will help to administer and review potential applicants and manage the process on behalf of the company.

Noela Fitton, Head of Strategic Projects at Network Plus said: “We’ll be offering job placements to help young people develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. This includes support for long-term work, career advice and support with interviews. We’ll be giving them great basic skills they can use in any work situation in the future such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork. We think Network Plus and GTM are great, fun places to work and we’re excited to welcome them.”

GTM announce major investment in latest hi-tech Eurolight® traffic lights

GTM have placed orders to the value of £2.8m with SRL to supply the latest innovation in portable traffic lights. The new range, called Eurolight®  comes with a mixture of traffic, pedestrian and ADS (Adaptive Detection System).   The benefits are that the intelligent ADS lights reduce congestion by learning and constantly adapting to real-time traffic movement. The ADS lights make automatic adjustments of ‘green’ times using machine learning algorithms, obtained through radar detectors. As well as operating on a standard 2 phase traffic light system, they can be used for up to 4 phase systems.

Daryl Cheetham, executive director at GTM explained: “We’re investing in industry leading technologies. Clients are looking for solutions which reduce congestion whilst works are carried out and want to ensure public safety. We’ve seen results showing journey times at road works significantly improve with Eurolight®. The hi-tech lights protect the safety of operatives on site and are cost efficient. Added benefits include enhanced public perception – removing potential complaints from pedestrians and motorists”.

Malcolm Johnstone, Hire Division managing director at SRL said: “For many years we’ve worked closely with GTM to deliver our portfolio of products, both hire and purchase. Most recently, we were pleased to deliver our biggest ever combined order of Eurolight®, to be delivered over twelve months to GTM. We believe the key to our successful partnership is SRL’s ability to offer quality product balanced with a dependable, reliable service. It’s a privilege to partner with GTM.”

Peter Almond, Manufacturing Division managing director at SRL stated, “Over many years the strong, friendly partnership we’ve developed with the team at GTM means we really understand their strategic objectives and the products they need to achieve them. Safety and dependability are top priorities and SRL’s ability to supply robust, reliable products backed-up with a four year guarantee and comprehensive servicing package was instrumental in securing this order. Our relationship has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months and we look forward to even greater things in the months and years to come.”

Go Traffic Management announces major partnership with Speedy

Go Traffic Management have agreed a major partnership with Speedy to provide a co-located traffic management service at each of the main Speedy operating depot bases across the UK. Users of hired plant and equipment can come to Speedy and Go Traffic Management for a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution. The partnership will be established for an initial three-year period.

At Go Traffic Management we have access to the very latest in innovative traffic management services, lights and equipment, necessary for projects of all scale and sizes.  Operating nationwide, we provide essential protection to workers, drivers and members of the public while work is conducted in the highway.

Speedy have 200 depot bases across the UK, and provide industry leading hired plant, tools and equipment with a four-hour guaranteed delivery anywhere in the country.

Having access to a traffic management service helps both businesses – with customers often looking for a supply of temporary lights, signs and barriers to support their projects.

Daryl Cheetham, Executive Director at Network Plus said: “Speedy were selected because they have a national presence, demonstrate outstanding agility in service levels and can supply us with the wide range of products we rely on in our business. This is an example of a win-win situation where both organisations support each other and offer something different and compelling in the marketplace. “

Derek Bailey, Group Business Development Director at Speedy said: “We’re delighted to partner with Network Plus and Go Traffic Management to provide this co-located traffic management service. We will be able to support their operations by providing an industry leading hire range and four hour guaranteed delivery for equipment and tool hire, anywhere in the country. Having access to a traffic management service adds value to our customers looking for a supply of temporary lights, signs and barriers to support their projects.”

Go Traffic Management Has Appointed High Speed Expert

As Go Traffic Management expands its traffic management operations across the UK, it is investing in adding to its expert team to meet increasing demands. The team are delighted to have recently appointed high speed specialist Jason Lynch to the company.

Jason Lynch brings a wealth of experience. Having worked in the traffic management industry for more than 13 years, he has delivered high speed at a national level, for clients such as Highways England, and provided extensive winter maintenance programmes for Manchester City Council.

Jason said, “It is fantastic to join Go Traffic Management at such an exciting time. It is fast growing and fast paced market leader, providing vital services across the country and I am looking forward to growing further the high speed arm of the business.”

Network Plus group of companies appoints Charlie Cornish as Chairman

The Network Plus group of companies, which includes Go Traffic Management, are delighted to have appointed Charlie Cornish as non-executive chairman with effect from 1 January 2021.

Charlie was appointed Chief Executive of Manchester Airport Group (MAG) in 2010 and will continue in this role whilst providing impartial support and guidance to the fast-growing Network Plus business.

Charlie brings more than 30 years of utility and infrastructure sector experience to Network Plus. Prior to joining MAG, Charlie was a senior Director at United Utilities (UU). Roles included Managing Director for Utility Solutions, a UU business with operations in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia and the Philippines. Previously he worked for a number of manufacturing and service companies including Plessey Telecommunications, British Aerospace and ABF.

Dan Holland, Joint Chief Executive of Network Plus said: “We are really looking forward to Charlie joining us and benefitting from his broad experience and knowledge.

Network Plus has ambitious plans to grow our business by safely providing a great service to our customers and by expanding the range of activities we deliver. This appointment will help strengthen the depth of knowledge within our leadership team for the benefit of everyone we serve.”

Commenting on this announcement, Charlie Cornish said “I look forward to working with the Network Plus leadership team to help shape the successful delivery of the company’s strategy for growth. It’s an exciting time for the business, the future is looking really positive.”

GTM Bam Nutall

Here at GTM, we provide a wide range of traffic management solutions to suit all type of projects. From helping large wind turbines get to their destination, to ensuring safe passage for those commuters whilst essential maintenance is taking place on motorways, to reacting to emergency situations immediately and making communities safe. We have got it covered.

Our experts have built up an impressive, expansive and long-standing portfolio of experience supporting major construction projects. We tailor our services to each project’s needs. Recently, GTM helped a major construction project undertaken by BAM Nuttall with their traffic management requirements.

Following flooding in the area, Shade Chapel in Todmorden had to be demolished after it became unsafe. The Chapel had suffered extreme water damage and was at risk of collapse. To make the area safe the difficult decision was taken to demolish the building and as it was situated near to a busy road a full traffic management plan was required.

Our traffic management teams at GTM worked closely with the client, Environment Agency and local resident committees before the work plan to develop the best solution for closing the road, ensuring safety and minimal disruption to the local community.

We placed five specialists on site, manning the traffic 24 hours a day during the work, to maintain closure points and continue resident engagement as required.

The project was a great success and is a fantastic example of how our GTM traffic management contributes to the wider vital infrastructure work across the UK.

GTM Shortlisted for Two National Rail Awards

Go Traffic Management provided vital traffic management solutions to support the construction of the £350million Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park Line extension. The construction was led by a consortium, MPT between Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales.

Work took place across the busy City covering 5.5km and safety, along with minimal disruption was of paramount importance. Go Traffic Management was a major construction supplier to the project and provided full traffic management solutions from, initial traffic design to delivery. The GTM team ensured the latest equipment was used and drew from their years of experience on complex projects to provide effective traffic management solutions.

The project was highly successful, with work completing seven months early in March 2020. It demonstrated best practice in health, safety and wellbeing, innovative solutions and collaboration.

The expansion of the Manchester Metrolink transport network is a great addition for Manchester as the extended Metrolink will help reduce congestion on the roads and make public transport around Manchester more accessible for its residents, commuters and visitors.

GTM is delighted to be a part of helping improve the air quality of the City and are honoured to be shortlisted for the two awards – Safety Initiative of the Year and Infrastructure Achievement of the Year.

New Equipment

Due to continued business growth, we have taken delivery of SRL traffic lights. These will be supplied to our clients across the UK, ensuring their workforce are kept safe. Pictured are Mike Flynn, Director Network Plus and Elly Jackson from GTM.

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