Roads and Highways - A38 Tunnel

A38 Queensway & St Chad Tunnel Maintenance

Following a successful project during 2013 through to autumn 2014 where VVB were involved in the refurbishment of all mechanical and electrical systems to the A38 Queensway and St Chad tunnel in Birmingham, VVB tendered for the maintenance contract for these tunnels in June 2016 and after review and evaluation were awarded the ongoing maintenance contract for these two tunnels which serve around 85,000 vehicles each day.

A38 Queensway & St Chad Tunnel Maintenance

Working collaborative, in accordance with BS 11000, VVB are under contract with Amey and Birmingham City Council to deliver the five year maintenance service to maintain the systems for each of the tunnels. The systems included within the works include:

Electrical Supplies

  • Low Voltage Distribution (LV)
  • Tunnel Emergency Panels (EPL)
  • Earthing and Lightning Protection Systems
  • Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS)

Tunnel Ventilation

  • Motors and Fans

Pumped Drainage

  • Gas Detection and Ventilation Systems
  • Fire Detection and Suppression Systems

Control Systems

  • Field Instrumentation, including air quality monitoring (AQM)

Fire Safety Systems

  • Fireman’s Panels
  • CCD Toblerone Signs

Traffic Monitoring Systems

  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) PTZ – point tilt zoom
  • Video Automatic Incident Detection (VAID)
  • Tunnel and Portal Lane Control Signs (LCS) Variable Message Signs (VMS)
  • Tunnel Traffic Control Signs TTCS

Building Services

  • HVAC

Other Systems

  • Cross Passage Doors
  • Plantroom Emergency Lighting
  • Tunnel Emergency Telephones
  • Tunnel Wayfinders
  • Plantroom Intruder system
  • RCD Testing
  • Fire Extinguishers

VVB Engineering’s highway maintenance division are highly accredited, registered with the Highways Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS) for the specific skills associated with highways works and accredited to the National Highways Sector Scheme 8 (NHSS-8), honing its UKAS accredited ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems to meet the demands of highways electrical works.