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Road Safety Week: Stories of love, pain and courage

18/11/2019

New research from the road safety charity Brake suggests almost a third of UK adults could have been involved in a collision, or had a near miss, with a vehicle on a UK road in the past year.

Five Bristol residents die prematurely each week due to pollution

18/11/2019

Air pollution in Bristol, much of which is caused by diesel cars, contributes to five people dying prematurely every week, new research has revealed.

Kier Highways rises to diversity challenge

18/11/2019

Kier Highways has achieved the Leaders in Diversity accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity for its commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.

Council parking surplus nears £1bn as road spending falls

18/11/2019

New research has revealed that English councils made £930m from parking activities last year.

Kier's chief operating officer quits

15/11/2019

Kier’s chief operating officer (COO), Claudio Veritiero, has left the business with immediate effect after only being appointed as COO only in August of 2018.

CAV can reshape our communities, Scotland's transport secretary says

14/11/2019

Transport secretary Michael Matheson said connected and autonomous technology has the capacity to reshape communities after he rode groundbreaking automated bus technology on the opening day of CAV Scotland.

Matheson seeks 'no change' to roads spending despite review

14/11/2019

The Scottish transport secretary has sought to play down fears that capital spending programmes on new roads could be cut in light of the devolved government's draft national transport strategy.

Video: Balfour Beatty's Customer Focus

13/11/2019

Balfour Beatty Living Places have released a new video titled 'Customer Focus' to discuss how their new solutions to meet customers’ challenges.

Europe’s first full-sized autonomous bus trialled at CAV Scotland

13/11/2019

Watch SMART Highways' video of Europe’s first full-sized self-driving bus demonstrated at CAV Scotland in Glasgow. 

Norfolk counting increased costs of Broadland Northway scheme

12/11/2019

Cost overruns and safety issues figure prominently in a new appraisal of Norfolk County Council's A1270 Broadland Northway, which opened in 2018 and bypasses the city of Norwich.

ORR warns over transition as Highways England awaits RIS 2

11/11/2019

Highways England’s regulator has warned of a difficult transition between the current five-year Road Investment Strategy (RIS) and its second instalment (2020-2025), which remains unpublished.

STBs impatient with the pace of change

11/11/2019

Sub-national transport bodies (STBs) have expressed frustration at the speed with which central government is devolving power and acting on their advice around the road network.

M4 lighting fix delay 'risks safety'

11/11/2019

A member of the Welsh Assembly has raised safety concerns after it emerged that parts of a busy 10-mile section of the M4 could lack their usual lighting this winter.

Watchdog tells Highways England to up its game on safety

11/11/2019

The head of the national transport consumer watchdog has called on Highways England to do more to improve the safety of ‘smart motorways’, including speeding up the roll-out of stopped vehicle detection.

Don't cut back on SRN stewardship, Gooding warns next government

11/11/2019

A key industry figure has warned the next government not to cut back on ‘vital’ maintenance and renewals for the strategic road network, if it reviews the scale of the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS 2).

Kier shares fall following debt sale reports

08/11/2019

Kier’s share price has slumped amid reports hedge funds have been buying up debt from lenders.

Colas secures £26m Lincs traffic signals contract

08/11/2019

Colas has landed a traffic signals maintenance contract with Lincolnshire County Council worth a potential £26m.

Skanska to launch first local trial of graphene in asphalt

08/11/2019

Skanska is leading what is thought to be the first ever local road trial of graphene material in asphalt.

A40 set for £102m upgrade

08/11/2019

The A40 is in line for a £102m upgrade after a successful bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund by Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council.

DfT takes first steps towards reforming condition data

08/11/2019

The Department for Transport has launched a survey of how organisations monitor and collect road condition data, which could lay the foundations for a programme of reform.

Highways England names the date for A14 opening

07/11/2019

The 12-mile Huntingdon Southern Bypass – part of the UK’s biggest road upgrade – will open to traffic on Monday 9 December.

Scotland goes Forth with electric gritter

07/11/2019

A fully electric gritter will join the fleet of vehicles aiming to keep Scotland’s trunk roads moving this winter.

The launch of the 2020 Street Design Awards

06/11/2019

The Street Design Awards 2020 have now been launched to celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Comment: Parking - the unlikely trailblazer for smart mobility

06/11/2019

From the effective management of low emission zones, free flow tolling and congestion charging, to advanced data analytics and connectivity, the parking sector is not standing still when it comes to intelligent transport and smart mobility solutions, as Imperial’s managing director Ashley Bijster explains.

Charity wins contract to review Highways England safety spend

05/11/2019

Regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has awarded the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) a contract to review how Highways England prioritises its road safety investments.

Getting to the point of inverted priorities

04/11/2019

Chris Ames looks at conflicting signals about the impact of the Scottish Government’s draft National Transport Strategy on major road-building schemes.

Kier and Eurovia sanctioned for late payments

04/11/2019

Four Kier businesses, including Kier Highways, have been suspended from the Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time.

Watford goes virtual on residents' parking

01/11/2019

Watford Borough Council’s parking team has introduced a virtual permit system for its Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) restrictions, which allows parking officers to scan vehicle registrations to carry out enforcement. 

DfT announces further clampdown on phone use while driving

01/11/2019

A legal loophole that allowed drivers to escape prosecution for hand-held mobile phone use while behind the wheel is set to be closed, the Government has confirmed.

Wrekin goes above and beyond with new manhole cover solution

01/11/2019

A new manhole cover solution has been developed to help with easy installation and removing the need for digging-out and re-installing.

Amey sale hit by delays

31/10/2019

The sale of Amey is taking longer than expected, its parent company has admitted.

Highways England to leave some Brock restrictions in place

29/10/2019

Highways England has confirmed that work to deactivate Operation Brock will be carried out late on Tuesday but some restrictions will be left in place.

Sweco wins place on Scotland road safety framework

29/10/2019

Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has been appointed to provide transport and road safety consultancy through the Scottish Government’s flagship Development Management and Road Safety Service Multi Supplier Framework.

Council guide helps developers get roads right first time

29/10/2019

A local authority has launched a new Highways Design Guide to encourage developers to build new roads to an adequate standard.

Scottish Government digs in on A96 with 40km shared path

29/10/2019

Transport Scotland has unveiled new proposals for more than 40 km of shared use path on the Hardmuir to Fochabers section of the A96 dualling programme.

Scottish road deaths up 11% as overall casualties fall

29/10/2019

The number of people killed on Scotland’s roads rose by 11% last year, according to official statistics.

Lidl announces £25m EV charger roll-out to store car parks

28/10/2019

Supermarket chain Lidl has announced £25m plans to roll out rapid vehicle chargers to more than 300 stores in Britain over the next three years.

Turf cut on £207m North West link road scheme

28/10/2019

Construction has begun on the £207m Preston Western Distributor scheme on the west side of the city.

FiveAI launches UK’s 'largest self-driving car trial on public roads'

28/10/2019

Large UK commuter trials for self-driving vehicles on public roads have launched courtesy of StreetWise, a government-backed consortium led by FiveAI.

DfT triggers £1m new round of innovation funding

28/10/2019

Ministers have invited ‘innovative and tech-focused transport start-ups’ to bid for a share of almost £1m.

Updated: Highways England to deactivate Brock after EU agrees extension

28/10/2019

Highways England is set to deactivate its plan to manage lorries in Kent in the event of a no-deal Brexit after the EU agreed to an extension of the UK's membership.

DfT to work on cross-government local roads funding solution

28/10/2019

The Department for Transport has backed calls for long-term funding for local roads and suggested this could include a cross-government proposal to Treasury to pool funding with the communities department.

Comment: Supporting your journey to net zero by 2050

25/10/2019

Sukhy Duggal and Wolfgang Schuster of Atkins argue that tackling climate change and meeting the UN’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 is arguably the biggest global challenge we face as humankind. So how can transport rise to it?

Shapps announces review of smart motorways

24/10/2019

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced a review of smart motorways in the wake of tough questioning of Highways England's top brass by the Transport Select Committee.

£28m York MRN scheme takes a 'step forward' - a year on

23/10/2019

The Government has announced ‘the next stage in the development’ of the York Outer Ring Road – a year after the previous transport secretary said the scheme would be funded under the major road network.

Editor's comment: Highways England makes honest progress

23/10/2019

Dominic Browne looks at the big picture after Highways England went to Westminster for the first scrutiny session on its overall performance from the Transport Select Committee.

The Insider: Martin Duffy talks safety

23/10/2019

Martin Duffy – director D2M2 - discusses safety and how we need to move the culture forwards beyond congratulatory PR and once a year training days, to self-regulating behaviours.

Highways England: Stopped vehicle detection would have saved lives

23/10/2019

Highways England's chief executive Jim O'Sullivan has told MPs that lives would have been saved if stopped vehicle detection had been in place on every smart motorway and all lane running schemes from the start.

TfL unlocks Silvertown contract while legal battles continue

22/10/2019

Transport for London has unlocked the award of the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel contract, despite the ongoing legal action over its procurement.

First Talking Transport podcast from ITS Singapore is here

22/10/2019

The first Talking Transport podcast from the 2019 ITS World Congress in Singapore is live and discusses enforcement, planning and encouraging entrepreneurs with ITS professionals.

Fidler steps into Pendlebury's shoes at UKRLG

22/10/2019

The Department for Transport’s director of local transport, Stephen Fidler OBE, is the new chair of the UK Roads Liaison Group.

Exclusive: Councils charge commuted sums against themselves to boost revenue

21/10/2019

Major highway authorities are charging commuted sums to their own schemes in a bid to provide a future revenue source to maintain capital projects, Highways can reveal.

A new road to winter efficiency

18/10/2019

Jamie Watson and Ian Buchanan of Edinburgh Road Services explain how Edinburgh moved past 'one forecast fits all' and saved 22% in costs.

Protecting bridges in extreme climates

18/10/2019

Both concrete and steel bridges are susceptible to corrosion from water and waterborne contaminants making waterproofing crucial. Jason Armstrong, product marketing manager for liquid waterproofing EMEA at GCP Applied Technologies outlines some of the key points to consider.

DfT's Street Manager heads for difficult transition

18/10/2019

The Department for Transport's lead on the Street Manager project - the new software for handling street works administration - has conceded it is unlikely to have all the functionality of the old system in time for the 1 April 2020 switch over.

Rural Scotland 'still needs road infrastructure cash'

18/10/2019

A rural council has called on the Scottish Government to maintain investment in improving the nation's trunk roads under its National Transport Strategy.

Tough layer seeks to take stress out of cracking problem

18/10/2019

Hanson has laid over 1,000 tonnes of its new Tufflayer asphalt, which has been designed to address the issues associated with reflective cracking.

Tarmac pledges 'efficient and effective stewardship' on new A1(M) deal

18/10/2019

Tarmac has been awarded a nine-year extension on a highways maintenance contract for a section of the A1(M).

Highways England takes the high road with drone’s eye view

17/10/2019

Highways England is using drone technology to monitor progress on motorway roadworks.

Goalposts could be moved again on SRN casualty target

17/10/2019

Highways England’s target to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on its network could be revised for a second time, it has emerged.

Birmingham councillors back workplace parking levy

17/10/2019

Birmingham City Council is to take forward work to develop a workplace parking levy after cabinet members backed the plan.

UK law commissions publish second autonomous vehicle consultation

16/10/2019

The Law Commissions of England and Wales, and of Scotland, have published a second consultation paper on autonomous vehicles and how their use could be regulated.

Q and A: The wide world of highways with Steve Birdsall

16/10/2019

Dominic Browne speaks to Gaist CEO and founder Steve Birdsall about the international highways and infrastructure market.

Highways England switches lights back on after casualties rise

16/10/2019

Highways England has ended its controversial policy of turning off the lighting on parts of its network at night, Highways has learned.

AA says only one in 10 feel safer on smart motorways

15/10/2019

Only one in 10 drivers say they feel safer on all lane running (ALR) smart motorway schemes compared to a traditional motorway, according to a study by the AA.

A465 dualling cost increase still not settled

15/10/2019

The final cost to taxpayers of a troubled Welsh highways scheme remains unknown, two years after the Welsh Government revealed it was in dispute with contractor Costain over liability for a 25% cost increase.

Green speed cameras aid air quality drive

15/10/2019

Average speed cameras with green casings have been installed at four sections of trunk road where the speed limit was lowered from 70mph to 50mph in June 2018 to improve air quality.

Highways England U-turns on classification as A14 bypass opens early

11/10/2019

Highways England has u-turned on plans to make a 12-mile section of the A14 upgrade a motorway rather than a best in class A road, meaning it can open sooner.

50% reclaimed asphalt pavement used on SRN for the first time

11/10/2019

The asphalt surface course on a section of the M25 has been laid using '50% recycled content' - thought to be the highest level of recycled content ever used on the strategic road network.

Coroner calls for review of hard shoulder closures after fatal crash

11/10/2019

Highways England has been asked by a senior coroner to review the closure of hard shoulders after an inquest into a minibus crash on the M4 that killed three people, according to reports.

This is me and I suffer with anxiety

10/10/2019

Kevin Robinson, operations and programme director Safer Infrastructure Limited (Safer Highways), writes a brave and moving article for World Mental Health Day.

We need to talk about pricing, MPs say

10/10/2019

The Commons Transport Committee has said it wants to start a national debate about road pricing – ‘something that has been lacking for more than a decade’.

TfSE looks to balance economy and environment

10/10/2019

The sub-national transport body (STB) for the South East has launched a 30-year strategy document that warns indulging continued traffic growth is ‘no longer sustainable’.

Highways Awards recognise the Wright stuff

10/10/2019

The winners of this year’s Highways Awards were revealed on Wednesday evening in front of nearly 500 industry professionals at the Lancaster London.

Platooning, mapping, mobility and youth on Singapore countdown podcast

10/10/2019

With just days to go until the 2019 ITS World Congress, Talking Transport brings you a second scene-setter for Singapore talking platooning, mapping, mobility and

Water experts dissolve run-off problem

09/10/2019

A water technology firm has said an ‘innovative’ sustainable drainage material could be installed on hundreds of roadside outfalls across the country after it was used to protect a stream polluted with toxic metals.

Stoke enters risky waters on maintenance

09/10/2019

City of Stoke-on-Trent Council is the latest highway authority to agree a new maintenance policy, which will delay defect repairs and has been linked to funding as well as updated risk management policies.

Going underground to tackle run-off

09/10/2019

Highways England has constructed a tunnel under a busy road with minimal disruption to traffic as part of a pioneering scheme to cut pollution.

TfL consults on lane rental expansion

08/10/2019

Transport for London (TfL) is set to expand its lane rental scheme to cover nearly three quarters of its road network.

Edinburgh looks to expand 20mph limits

08/10/2019

Edinburgh Council could add more roads to the city’s 20mph network although the scheme has had only a limited impact on traffic speeds.

TfWM lobbies for moving traffic enforcement pilot

08/10/2019

Transport for West Midlands has put together plans to run a pilot using powers to enforce against moving traffic offences in partnership with the local police.

Condition of SRN worsens as councils tread water

07/10/2019

The apparent worsening of the condition of the strategic road network ‘is worrying and demands investigation,’ the RAC has said.

Councils urged to fine idling drivers

07/10/2019

Seven out of ten 10 drivers want to see councils doing more to tackle motorists who leave their engines running when parked, according to the RAC.

'Civilised' Highbury Corner junction officially opens

04/10/2019

The new Highbury Corner junction has officially opened after 'a transformation from one of London's most intimidating roundabouts into a junction that is much safer and more welcoming for people’.

Highways Awards: Why we should celebrate

04/10/2019

Since the Romans put us on the straight and not-so-narrow road, the UK has become a world leader in highways innovation and is now setting new standards in automation, digitisation and artificial intelligence.

Shapps suggests electric cars could 'pave the way for 80mph limit'

03/10/2019

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that he is exploring the possibility of increasing the speed limit on motorways as drivers begin to switch to electric vehicles.

£6bn roadbuilding schemes 'up for debate'

03/10/2019

Transport Scotland has insisted that it is committed to dualling the A96 and A9 after a top official told a Scottish parliamentary committee that the schemes were ‘up for debate’ as part of a review of major projects.

Self-driving cars navigate London streets with £13m project

03/10/2019

The DRIVEN consortium has celebrated a key milestone in its 30-month government-supported project by demonstrating the capabilities of a fleet of self-driving vehicles in London’s

Costain marches ahead with Marsh appointment

02/10/2019

Costain has appointed former army officer Nathan Marsh as its first ever chief digital officer and a member of its executive board.

Swindon goes straight to work with £45m roads cash

02/10/2019

Swindon Borough Council has vowed to start work immediately on one of two highways schemes awarded more than £45m in government funding this week.

Asset Delivery rolls out in the East

01/10/2019

Highways England has launched the first of three new contracts under its new Asset Delivery operating model in the East of England.

Drivers 'not quite ready' for driverless cars says AA president

01/10/2019

AA president Edmund King told a seminar of top insurance and technology experts that drivers’ strong cultural and social attachment to driving and cars

DfT pulls out the stops on roads projects

30/09/2019

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that a raft of road schemes have been given the go ahead with  £100m and put into immediate construction.

Firms set to clean up as M25 gets the vacuum treatment

30/09/2019

A new vehicle-mounted vacuum litter picker is set to change the way the UK’s busiest motorway is cleaned, Balfour Beatty has said.

Highways England goes for green with missing link scheme

30/09/2019

Highways England has launched a new consultation on its £435m ‘landscape-led’ A417 Missing Link scheme.

Javid gives first look at RIS 2 schemes

30/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has revealed some of the schemes that will feature in the £25bn second Road Investment Strategy from 2020-2025.

Comment: 'I’m sure I’ll be in this industry for a very long time'

27/09/2019

Owen Smith is a successful apprentice at Kier Highways, who has received industry recognition for his work. In this article, he talks about why this sector was his career of choice, why it’s important to promote the industry to the next generation, and where he is hoping his career takes him.

Highways England pledges further action on smart motorway safety

27/09/2019

Highways England has pledged a range of actions to help reassure road users of the safety of all lane running smart motorways after coming under pressure to step up its game on safety.

The Ranty Highwayman: Streetscapes for walkers

27/09/2019

This is the continuing story of a chartered engineer who worked in a local highways department. Today, still wanted by the highways industry, he survives as a soldier of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire...The Ranty Highwayman.

Celebrate 25 years with Meon

27/09/2019

To celebrate 25 years in business, surfacing and markings experts Meon are hosting a free training and innovation day in Portsmouth on 30 October, featuring seminars, new electric line marking products and innovations in cold plastic...and wood fired pizza.

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