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Driverless cars could cause ‘mega sprawl’ urbanisation

30/08/2017

Town planners must prepare for the potential of driverless cars to cause massive urban sprawl and resultant damage to wildlife and green spaces, a research fellow at Oxford University has warned.

Oxford launches car charging trial of ‘global scientific significance’

29/08/2017

Electric vehicle drivers in Oxford will benefit from a joint city and county council scheme to install approximately 100 electric vehicle charging stations in residential streets – using six different charging technologies.

‘First of its kind’ speed solution on the A75

29/08/2017

Clearview Intelligence has installed what is thought to be the first speed calming solution of its kind on the A75, tailoring speed warnings to individual vehicles.

Exclusive: Local roads financial reporting set to be updated

25/08/2017

A potential update to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Code of Practice on the Highways Network Asset could see a move to whole of government accounts (WGA) financial reporting for local roads, Highways understands.

Exclusive: IHE eyes benefits of three-day forecasting

25/08/2017

Confidence in three-day weather forecasting has increased to such a degree that it could soon help save highways authorities significant amounts of cash on gritting runs and proactive winter service, Highways understands.

Monumental lighting 53% more efficient

25/08/2017

Technology used for architectural ornamental lighting, such as monuments, have been adapted for use on the strategic road network in a national first.

Comment: How do we address air quality without choking off the economy?

25/08/2017

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, gives his analysis of the difficult issues surrounding the nation’s air quality.

Bike light sensors monitor road conditions

25/08/2017

Nearly 200 Manchester cyclists are carrying out the first large-scale British trial of a combined bike light and road condition monitoring unit.

Green light for wi-fi controlled driverless lorries trial

25/08/2017

Wi-fi controlled driverless lorries operating in a platoon are set to be trialled on major roads in the UK by the end of 2018.

Ford launches scrappage scheme – at least £2,000 off a new car

22/08/2017

Ford is offering up to £7,000 off the cost of new vehicles as part of a scrappage scheme to promote the use of greener cars and vans.

Councils call for a national ‘congestion strategy’

21/08/2017

Council leaders have called on the Government to develop a 'congestion strategy’ to address the economic drain caused by traffic jams as well as the knock-on impact of pollution.

Ringway trials electric car charging from street lights

21/08/2017

Ringway is collaborating with the London Borough of Hounslow and supply chain partners in a unique trial of both electric vehicles and cutting-edge electric charging point technology that uses street lighting columns.

Colas trials groundbreaking autonomous protection vehicle

18/08/2017

A partnership between Colas and two US companies is seeking to save roadworker lives with what is thought to be the world’s first Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV).

Comment: Code of Practice will cut ironwork costs

18/08/2017

Paul Thompson of Saint-Gobain PAM, explains why local authorities should use the Road Surface Treatments Association’s (RSTA) new Code of Practice for Ironwork Installation and Refurbishment.

Sturgeon officially opens £500m central Scotland motorway project

17/08/2017

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, which the Scottish Government says is saving motorists up

£7m works boost A66 flood resilience – and bats

17/08/2017

Highways England has completed a series of major engineering improvements – not to mention bat roosts – costing £7m along the A66 in Cumbria. The

GRAHAM wins £19m Highways England packages in East region

17/08/2017

Highways England has awarded GRAHAM two works packages worth a total of £19m for improvements to four major roads in the East of England. The

Highways England reveals preferred routes for £300m A47 works

16/08/2017

Highways England has announced its preferred routes for its £300m package of works to improve the 115 mile stretch of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth.

£20m for local schemes from Highways England housing fund

16/08/2017

Highways England is supporting local authority road improvement schemes in Hampshire and Leicestershire with nearly £20m from its dedicated Growth and Housing Fund. One of

Highways England looking to ease impact of £100m M5 Viaduct works

16/08/2017

Highways England is monitoring traffic with a view to easing the impact of its £100m M5 Oldbury Viaduct scheme, following criticism of its approach to

Leading highways research group relaunches after 14-month break

31/08/2017

A major highways research initiative, which has previously involved 33 local authorities and helped deliver millions in savings, is relaunching after a 14-month hiatus.

£9m scheme to improve hairpin bend on A9 goes to market

31/08/2017

The bidding process has been launched for the £9m A9 Berriedale Braes Improvement scheme.

Comment: Public sector can power EV adoption

31/08/2017

Gareth Smith, category manager at ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation), discusses the role of the public sector in bringing about the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) and a new purchasing framework launched by his organisation to help drive this forward.

Case study: When ‘Kerb to Kerb’ solutions bring savings

31/08/2017

A-one+ and LMS Highways successfully kept the M180 flowing while making crucial repairs on a tight deadline.

Highways Awards shortlist announced

31/08/2017

The shortlist for this year’s Highways Awards (formerly Highways Magazine Excellence Awards) has been announced, ahead of the ceremony on Wednesday 18 October. Winners will

Plans unveiled for £300m Merseyside and Cheshire schemes

31/08/2017

Highways England has set out preferred options for two major new road schemes worth more than £300m in Merseyside and Cheshire.

New route for the Stonehenge road tunnel unveiled as costs rise

12/09/2017

Highways England has modified its plans for a road tunnel under Stonehenge as part of its £1.6bn A303 upgrade, however it still faces staunch criticism over the scheme and its mounting costs. 

JCT symposium lights up the signals sector

12/09/2017

The 2017 JCT Traffic Signals Symposium will again provide a platform for high quality papers, supported by an exhibition tailored to signals and ITS professionals.

Comment: HFS – lifesaver or maintenance liability?  

12/09/2017

After recent guidance from the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) and ADEPT provided new evidence on the long-term cost effectiveness of high friction surfacing (HFS),

Make Mways safe for infrequent users, RAC Foundation says

11/09/2017

Motorways should be made ‘welcoming and safe’ for drivers who rarely use them, the RAC Foundation has said. It follows an analysis of Department for Transport

Podcast Episode One: The road to Montreal – ITS World Congress

08/09/2017

Our sister publication, Smart Highways, is doing a series a preview podcasts sponsored by Swarco for the ITS World Congress in Montreal. Editor Paul Hutton

Councils battle to keep roads open as Emma meets the Beast

01/03/2018

Councils across the country have been battling to keep their highway networks operating safely as the most severe threat of snow moved from Scotland and the North East to Wales and South West England.

Council seeks contractor for £120m river crossing

01/03/2018

Norfolk County Council is advertising for a contractor to design and build a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth, in a contract worth up to £75m.

Tarmac takes on 45 ex-Carillion staff to drive highways projects

01/03/2018

Tarmac has so far taken on 45 former employees of the failed construction and outsourcing giant Carillion, including two apprentices, and is encouraging others to apply for work.

Highways jobs

Team Leader NRSWA & Traffic Management

Bedford Borough Council
£37,107 - £41,846 per annum
To Manage a team carrying out the Councils duties under the Traffic Management Act and the New Roads and Street Works Act. Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Bedford Borough Council

Strategic Director - Regeneration & Environment

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Competitive Salary
As the Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment, you’ll be part of the strategic corporate leadership team Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior/Principal Highway Network Management Officer

Bristol City Council
£30,746 - £37,107
These are exciting times in Bristol, as there is considerable investment in its transport and highway infrastructure in recent years City of Bristol
Recuriter: Bristol City Council

Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection

Powys County Council
Head of Service 2 £66,854 - £73,540 per annum
Powys County Council, open and enterprising Llandrindod Wells, Powys
Recuriter: Powys County Council

Senior Engineer

Wirral Borough Council
£30,756 to £33,136
No holding back. No excuses. Just change Wirral. Bring it on. Wirral, Merseyside
Recuriter: Wirral Borough Council

Chief Executive

Epping Forest District Council
up to £120k
A role with roots in our community. Epping, Essex
Recuriter: Epping Forest District Council

Housing Renewal Technical Officer

Torridge District Council
£21,074 — £26,470 per annum
Advice to private sector tenants, landlords, & owner-occupiers about housing disrepair & energy issues. Bideford, Devon
Recuriter: Torridge District Council

Principal Traffic Engineer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£34,106 - £37,107 - PO6/SCP 38
To provide project leadership on the design, implementation and project management on major traffic Engineering schemes. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Funeral Assistant

Brent Council
£28,356 - £30,108 p.a. inc. plus Standby Allowance
Salary range
Recuriter: Brent Council

Area Engineer

Camden London Borough Council
£31,836 to £36,931
Does a combination of outdoor and office based work appeal to you? Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

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