New Lincoln Eastern Bypass contractor takes on apprentices after Carillion collapse

New contractor Galliford Try has taken on Carillion’s four Lincoln Eastern Bypass apprentices, following the company’s collapse earlier this year.

The four young people started work on the scheme last October and have already gained experience in the field of civil engineering, having assisted with works in the River Witham area, at the A158 Wragby Road intersection and the new rail bridge for the Market Rasen line in Greetwell.

In addition to the four apprentices taken on from Carillion, Galliford Try has also retained 14 other Carillion staff members working on the bypass.

When complete, the bypass will start at a new roundabout on the A15 Sleaford Road and finish at the A158 Wragby Road, connecting with the existing northern relief road and becoming the next step towards creating a complete ring road around the city.

The 7.5km Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50 million Central Government capital grant and aims to improve Lincoln’s infrastructure, encourage growth, minimise traffic congestion and enhance the inter-city environment.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We’re really pleased that Galliford Try has taken these local apprentices on to continue working on the scheme.

“The eastern bypass is the city’s biggest road project in decades, so it will most definitely offer up plenty of real-world, on-the-job experience that would be hard to come by if working on smaller infrastructure projects.”

Stephen Tomkins, Operations Director for Galliford Try Highways, said: “We’re delighted to have provided an opportunity for the apprentices to continue working on the eastern bypass. They’re all making a great contribution to our team.

“We’re passionate about attracting young talent into the industry and we hope that their involvement in such a high profile, local scheme will further fuel their enthusiasm for construction.”