Towards the end of 2018, the transport infrastructure specialist Colas UK announced that it was beginning its second phase of safety improvements on the M62 south of Leeds.
This 42-week phase of works entails widening and extending slip-roads at the Tinsley Junction (junction 28). This follows on from similar improvements carried out by Colas at junction 27, and it will ultimately improve road capacity, reduce congestion and improve the general flow of traffic. The work is being carried out in collaboration with Leeds City Council and Highways England. It is part financed by the UK Government’s £220m Congestion Relief Fund.
Our part in the scheme began when we were commissioned to carry out a single visit to document the works in progress. The client found the results useful and subsequently asked us to make further visits to record progress on the two sites. Since then, we have been carrying out UAV surveys at 3-montly intervals.
Primarily,we have delivered high resolution digital photography. However, we have also provided Colas with a number of 30 second videos which are suitable for promotional use and for inclusion on blogs and social media platforms.
Given that the flights took place close to a busy motorway and construction plant, safety was an especially important consideration. We worked closely with the site manager to plan the flights, which were conducted safely and successfully. See a 30 second video here: