MBE for Hindhead Tunnel’s manager

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The man who led the £371 million Hindhead Tunnel project has been named in the New Year’s Honours list.

Paul Arnold, senior project manager for Highways Agency, was awarded an MBE.

Mr Arnold, who lives near the site of the recently opened tunnel, said: ‘Having spent 25 years working to deliver this project, I am delighted to have received this honour.

‘It recognises all the hard work and the effort that not only I, but the whole project team, have put into delivering this vitally important project on the A3.

‘For me personally this is a gratifying end to my career as I am due to retire soon.’

Mr Arnold started his civil engineering career in 1971 in one of the Government’s Road Construction Units. He then left when they were disbanded in 1980 but returned to work for the Department for Transport in February 1986 working in the south east regional office.

One of his first projects was identifying and delivering a solution to the bottleneck at the A3 in Hindhead which has set a standard for how infrastructure improvements can be delivered in a way that not only protects but enhances the environment.

The scheme restored peace to an area of outstanding natural beauty by diverting the A3 from the Devil’s Punch Bowl – an internationally protected site – while delivering benefits for the A3 drivers and the community.