Ideas you can Banksy on: Highways England seeks graffiti solution

17/05/2021
Chris Ames

Highways England is seeking ‘new products and services’ that have the potential to both remove and prevent graffiti on its network.

The government-owned company has set up an innovation funding programme, which is being run as a competition by the Connected Places Catapult.

The programme will award £30,000 (each) to no more than six organisations to design a trial of their technology on a road network testbed.

It provides 100% funding and is open to all UK-based businesses (including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) and universities.

Graffiti painted on a bridge on the M6

Highways England has said it would welcome bids from organisations outside of the transport sector or from a consortium of partners that can see a role for their technologies, tools, and approaches in delivering benefits in this space.

The Connected Places Catapult is holding an information webinar on 21 May at 2pm to provide guidance and support to potential applicants. Attendees will hear from Kier’s head of innovation, as well as senior representatives from Highways England, who will discuss how their organisations will be providing support to suppliers.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions have about the programme.

Click here to register for the webinar.

The Catapult has said it will upload a recording of the webinar for those who are unable to join the live event.

Applications for the competition are now open with a deadline of 10 June. This webpage provides relevant documents, contact details and an application form.

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