WiT bursary to help women Lead the way


Applications close on Wednesday for the latest round of a programme that aims to grow the capability of women in the transport sector to carry out significant leadership roles.

Labour Government will 'get Britain building'


The Labour Government will deliver its aim of building 1.5 million houses by ‘modernising planning committees.’

King's Speech: A plan for devolution


The new Labour Government has set out a widespread plan for devolution and economic growth in its Parliamentary timetable, with central diktat reserved for planning proposals.

£1m boost to road patching in East Sussex


East Sussex County Council has committed an extra £1m to road patching, but acknowledged it would cost more than £300m to bring all its roads up to scratch.

King's Speech: Bills to boost skills and public control of transport


The King has confirmed that the new Government will take action to tackle the skills crisis in England and bring forward legislation to bring bus and rail services more closely under public control.

Shropshire mix up adds confusion to bypass controversy


Shropshire Council's controversial £170m bypass has run into more trouble after the regional water company mistakenly announced a road closure for advance works despite continuing funding doubts.

Welsh Govt backing 20mph after new guidance


The Welsh Government has published guidance on which roads local authorities might be exempt from the national 20mph limit on restricted roads.

Aggregate Industries UK announces new CEO


Aggregate Industries UK has appointed Lee Sleight as its new chief executive officer.

Transport Scotland is official content partner of Road Expo


Transport Scotland will partner with Road Expo and Bridges Scotland once again as this leading event returns to the SEC Glasgow on 27-28 November.

Plans unveiled for long-awaited Leeds tram network


The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has launched a public consultation on options for two tram lines in the Leeds-Bradford area, mooted as the first stage of a long-awaited mass transit system.

UK heading for 'gridlock crisis' due to roadworks


The UK is heading for ‘roadwork gridlock’ in the face of rapid upgrades, increasing traffic and poor cross-industry collaboration, according to new research on behalf of council road bosses.

Search begins for new IHE chief executive


The Institute of Highway Engineers has started the search for a new chief executive following Steve Spender announcing his plans to retire.

Telent wins £8.5m Worcs contract renewal


Telent has won an £8.5m contract extension with Worcestershire on traffic signal management services across the county's 4000km network.

Somerset awards £1.2m active travel works


Somerset Council has awarded SWH (Taylor Woodrow) Ltd a £1.2m contract to deliver a series of active travel schemes in Yeovil as part of the 'Yeovil Refresh' regeneration programme.

Rest and Be Thankful: Putting in the groundwork for long-term solution


Ground investigations for the long-term solution for the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful are expected to get underway next month.

Scottish Government announces first winners from £30m EV charging fund


The Scottish Government is allocating over £7m in the first tranche of its £30m Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund - set up to encourage private investment in the electric vehicle charging network.

LCRIG festival expands into connected, autonomous and AI world


The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) summer festival in Coventry saw a range of the latest transport technology displayed, including connected and autonomous vehicles and debates around AI.

Steel and concrete for old rope on M1 safety roll out


Work to upgrade central reservation safety barrier on a stretch of the M1 in West Yorkshire will move to its second phase next month.

Khan backtracks on low emission incentive pledge in Silvertown charges


Transport for London has set out what it calls a ‘green and fair’ package of proposed charges for the users of two tunnels under the Thames, but mayor Sadiq Khan has backtracked on a pledge to ensure that charges ‘encourage the take-up of the cleanest vehicles’.

'Move fast and fix things': DfT has new motto and new ministerial team


Transport secretary Louise Haigh has set out a new motto for the Department for Transport and her ministerial team - 'move fast and fix things'.

Balfour in line for £184m A9 dualling works


The Scottish Government has announced that Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd is its preferred bidder for the £184.7m contract to dual the A9 between Tomatin and Moy.

Gloucestershire's £10m underspend means £2m boost for roads


Gloucestershire County Council is to spend an extra £2m on highways projects this year, following a £10m underspend in its 2023-24 budget.

National Highways builds a £2m legacy with Black Cat scheme


National Highways has announced 11 community projects have won cash in the first round of bidding to the £2m 'legacy fund' attached to its flagship £1bn A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme.

Road Emulsion Association launches 'future-proof local roads' campaign


The Road Emulsion Association has launched a 'future-proof local roads' campaign to coincide with the new Labour government and is calling on ministers to support councils in prioritising preventative maintenance.

Chancellor's planning reforms aim to spark housing boom


New chancellor Rachel Reeves has used her first speech to outline plans to build one and a half million homes over the next five years, supported by reforms to the wider planning system.

Lib Dems opposition calls for freeze on beleaguered Shropshire scheme


Shropshire Council faces new calls to freeze spending on its controversial £170m Shrewsbury North West Relief Road (NWRR) project as it ‘resizes’ to stave off financial collapse.

Steve Spender retires as IHE chief executive


Steve Spender is retiring from his role as chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), after taking what he described as 'one of the hardest professional decisions of my life'.

Lincs' £200m relief road edges closer


Lincolnshire County Council is set to push forward with legal orders and land acquisitions for the North Hykeham Relief Road.

Lord Hendy appointed minister of state at DfT


Transport heavyweight Lord Peter Hendy has been appointed as a minister of state in the new government.

Push a button and INSTABOOM: Remote control is an instant hit


Reading Borough Council has hailed a significant improvement in the safety of its highways crews after successfully integrating Solar Gates UK’s INSTABOOM Go system into its Traffic Operations Department.

Rail bridge replacement to disrupt M62


The westbound carriageway of the M62 near Rochdale will see five successive overnight closures next week in preparation for the replacement of a railway bridge over the motorway in September.

Louise Haigh named transport secretary


Louise Haigh has been appointed secretary of state for transport, after serving as the shadow secretary since November 2021.

Ed comment: Starmer's renewal project has to start from the ground up


With only a handful of seats left to declare, Mr Starmer's Labour had won at least 412 seats to secure a majority of at least 174 MPs. It is a historical achievement and his national renewal project is badly needed in many areas, including highways.

TfL looking to procure new-style tunnel system


Transport for London has begun the procurement process for a new Tunnels Control and Monitoring System (TCMS) ahead of the expiry of its current contract and the planned opening of the Silvertown Tunnel next year.

Win-win as biochar is used to tackle road runoff


Laboratory testing at Swansea University has demonstrated that a plant-based material can remove microplastics found in road runoff.

Murray to serve at Connect Plus


Angus Murray has taken over as CEO of Connect Plus, which operates and manages the M25 under the largest highways public finance initiative (PFI) project ever awarded in the UK.

No slip-ups: River wall collapse fears close road


A road near Bristol’s Banana Bridge will close next week for emergency work after fears arose that the river wall could fail.

Graduated licensing 'would save young lives'


Calls are growing for the introduction of Graduated Driver Licensing, which would prevent newly qualified drivers carrying passengers of the same age and driving in the early hours for six months.

Lyons to have his cake and eat it


Mott MacDonald has reappointed Professor Glenn Lyons as Chair of Future Mobility, as he begins his term as the new president of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

National Highways completes A14 road rebuild


A stretch of the A14 in Suffolk is now fully open after National Highways completed a £37m project to reconstruct and replace the concrete road surface.

App data 'suggests 11.5 million potholes in UK'


There are five times more defects on British roads than previous estimates, according to data from a dashboard app that uses AI technology.

Lancs road opens after rain delays handover


A new £27m link road in Lancashire has opened two months late after rain delayed construction work.

New industry code of practice for parking


The BPA (British Parking Association) and the IPC (International Parking Community) have published a Private Parking Sector Single Code of Practice ‘to be used across the entire private parking sector’, ahead of a delayed official government version.

No late drama as Staffs completes £1.25m scheme


Staffordshire County Council has completed the second – and largest – phase of a major highways project to reconstruct a key route into Burton.

WJ's environmental credentials help secure Nottinghamshire deal


Road marking and maintenance firm WJ Group has won a new contract with Via East Midlands to deliver road marking services across Nottinghamshire.

Nine tonnes of guano removed from Tyne Bridge


A multi-million-pound revamp of the Tyne Bridge has seen nine tonnes of pigeon faeces removed from the Grade II-listed structure.

Public advised to use ‘personal lighting’ amid streetlight cuts


A council in the outer Hebrides has advised people to consider using ‘personal lighting’ after announcing it would switch off streetlights earlier.

UNESCO set to put Stonehenge on 'danger' list


The UN is set to put Stonehenge on its list of 'World Heritage in Danger' sites because of the potential impact of the plan to build a tunnel in the area.

IHE Presidential Dinner: An evening fit for Kings and Queens


Members of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) Council, along with family, friends and invited guests, gathered in Stirling Castle last week to celebrate the handover of the IHE presidency from one Scotland-based member to another.

Oxford air pollution falls faster than across UK


Air pollution in Oxford dropped quicker than the national average during the first full year of the city’s zero emission zone, but levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide at two sites breached the legally binding limit.

TfL lets the wildflowers bloom


Transport for London says it has delivered its pledge of doubling wildflower verges in roadside areas to encourage biodiversity.

The CIHT: What is the future of mobility pricing?


Dominic Browne reports on a new white paper on road user charging from the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.

Parish council members all quit amid grass cutting dispute


All members of a parish council in Cumbria have resigned after a man was criticised for cutting hedges and a grass verge.

National Highways left with 'choice of one' on SVD procurement


National Highways has awarded a new £17m contract to the supplier of its stopped vehicle detection technology on smart motorways after admitting that the company’s intellectual property rights exclude any alternative bidder.

RSMA makes collaborative progress on NI procurement


Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure has revised its procurement strategy to include road markings as a specialist trade after lobbying from the sector’s trade body.

AIA announces new chair


David Giles has taken over as the chair of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) from Rick Green, who is retiring after seven years in the position and following a 40-year career.

Lack of funding 'hindering road safety'


Limited funding and inadequate data are major barriers to road safety planning and measurement, local authorities have reported.

Lib Dem pothole cash ‘won’t scratch the surface’


The Liberal Democrats have committed to spending £300m over the next Parliament to fill 1.2 million potholes a year.

Listed cottages to be destroyed for A428 scheme


National Highways is demolishing a Grade II listed building as part of its £1bn A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme.

The King's Birthday Honours: Boardman, Byers and Cragwell get gongs


Active Travel Commissioner Chris Boardman and National Infrastructure Commission deputy chair Julia Prescot are among the top names from the sector recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours.

LGTAG guidance on home EV charging


The Local Government Technical Advisers Group has published new guidance on charging of private electric vehicles on the public highway.

Weekend closures in place to save Crick Bridge


Four consecutive weekend carriageway closures on the M1 in the East Midlands will begin on Friday as National Highways begins essential work to protect the Junction 18 Crick Bridge.

'Half a million' break seat belt law every day analysis suggests


A road safety enforcement expert has called for new measures to improve driver behaviour after a roadside survey revealed ‘alarming’ numbers of distracted and unrestrained drivers.

Highways Presents: FM Conway's new asphalt recycling record


This year FM Conway announced it had achieved a record for the highest percentage of recycled materials ever used in a road laying scheme in the UK. Highways speaks to those involved to discover how this incredible achievement came about.

'Only travel if necessary': M25 faces third closure


A stretch of the M25 in Surrey will be closed for a third time next month as part of National Highways’ M25 Junction 10 scheme.

Council has no plans to cancel fines despite error


Fines issued to drivers for using bus lanes will not be revoked, despite containing a mistake, Southwark Council has said.

Having a blast at Hillhead


Hillhead is a unique centrepiece of the highways calendar. This is the largest show of its kind in the world, where heavyweight quarrying, construction and recycling kit is brought to life.

Labour Manifesto: One million potholes filled and multi-year funding


Labour has promised to give councils multi-year funding settlements for local roads as part of plans to fill an extra 'one million potholes across England' announced in its election manifesto.

Conservative Manifesto: Tories back drivers and devolution


The Conservative manifesto pledges to scrap ‘rules that stop Mayors investing in strategic roads’ as part of wider plans to invest in the 'digital, transport and energy infrastructure needed for businesses to grow'.

Thomas Bow wins out in Rutland


Thomas Bow has replaced Tarmac as Rutland County Council’s highways term maintenance contract in a deal worth around £3.5m a year for up to 20 years.

The BOSS: A new solution to roadwork incursions


Ben Duncker, commercial director at Highway Care, discusses the need for a solution to tackle the issue of roadwork incursions and introduces The BOSS (pictured), which might just be the answer.

Number of women leaving engineering should be a 'wake up call'


The engineering sector needs a 'wake-up call' after the proportion of women working in the industry fell in recent years, campaigners have said.

Council borrows to spend £10m more on roads


West Northamptonshire Council is set to spend up to £10m on schemes aimed at improving roads across the district, funded by borrowing.

Tarmac and AECOM win Knowsley road deals


Knowsley Council is set to award separate highways maintenance and design contracts to Tarmac and AECOM respectively, worth up to £100m combined over a potential 10 years.

IHE names new Council members


The Institute of Highway Engineers has named the eight new members of its national Council, replacing those who had completed their term of office.

In Memoriam: Peter Hutchinson


It is with deep sadness that Highways reports the passing of Peter (Pete) Hutchinson, managing director of The Traffic Group.

Sustainability 'at core' of Tarmac asphalt plant


Tarmac has officially opened a new ‘sustainable asphalt plant’ in Norwich.

Yunex keeps London moving with new signal system


Transport for London (TfL) and Yunex Traffic Limited have transferred the transport authority’s ‘ageing’ traffic signal system to the cloud-based Real Time Optimiser (RTO) system.

President Rooney sets new goals for LGTAG


Oxfordshire County Council's Sean Rooney has taken over as president of the Local Government Technical Advisers Group (LGTAG), vowing to translate research into practical solutions for the highways sector.

Exclusive: Shelved DfT decarbonisation guidance revealed


Highways has obtained the draft guidance for councils on decarbonisation that was shelved last year, which the Department for Transport has said could be implemented by the incoming government.

Insurer fears 'worst ever road conditions'


A major local government insurer has warned that months of rain may have caused ‘some of the worst ever road conditions’.

RAC issues safety warning over obscured signs


More than half of motorists say obscured signs are a frequent occurrence on their journeys, according to a survey by the RAC.

Parties asked to back 'future of transport'


Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK) has published its ‘Future of Transport Manifesto’, setting out the transport technology sector’s key priorities for the next government.

Wales casualty data 'a step in the right direction'


The Welsh Government transport minister has hailed road casualty data since a default 20mph residential speed limit was introduced last September as showing that ‘things are moving in the right direction’.

Councils told to develop ITMF bids despite pause


The bidding deadline for £20m of government funding to improve traffic signals has been extended until after the election, but councils bidding for a share of the cash are being encouraged to continue to develop their proposals.

500,000 deaths ‘a grim and shaming milestone’


Sixty organisations have set out four ‘life-saving priorities’ for the next government as the UK passed 500,000 road deaths since records began in 1926.

Esh to upgrade link to huge manufacturing park


Esh Construction has been appointed to provide infrastructure upgrades to widen the existing A1290 at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) in North East England.

Conway to do battle on £200m framework


FM Conway has been appointed to two of four lots on a highways capital works framework in West Sussex valued at a total of £200m over up to six years.

A96 dualling moving forward at a snail's pace


The Scottish Government has said it is ‘committed’ to building the first section of the proposed A96 Inverness to Aberdeen Dualling programme, despite the absence of either the funding required or any tangible progress.

Smooth finish in sight for £1m resurfacing job


Staffordshire County Council has begun a £1.1m scheme to completely resurface a major road in Lichfield.

SWARCO aiming to raise £10k for Brake


Traffic technology company SWARCO UK & Ireland has announced that it will support national road safety charity Brake, with a target of raising £10,000.

Clive Myrie to host Highways Awards


One of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents and presenters, Clive Myrie, will host the prestigious Highways Awards ceremony in September.

Cold Comfort finds new horizons in Coventry


Cold Comfort, the UK's leading winter service event, successfully transitioned to a new home this month and revealed major breakthroughs in the sector, including new AI.

The Boss retires and RSTA names new chief


Chief executive of the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) Paul Boss has announced that he is stepping down after four years at the helm and is set to retire from the sector.

Traffex triumphs in Coventry relaunch


Traffex, the UK’s leading traffic and transport event, saw a triumphant relaunch in its new venue in Coventry last week.

Still time to enter the Highways Awards


Due to popular demand, the deadline for entries to the Highways Awards has been extended to 5pm on Friday 7 June.

Road casualty numbers improve but pedestrian risk is a 'red flag'


Provisional results for reported road casualties in Great Britain last year suggest there were 1,645 fatalities, a decline of 4% compared to 2022.

Election to push back digital TRO launch


The implementation of digital traffic regulation orders (D-TROs) is likely to be delayed because the election will put back the necessary secondary legislation, a government official has said.

AA wants parties to back return of hard shoulder


The AA has called on political parties contesting the General Election to commit to scrapping all smart motorways.

ORR to launch consultation on its monitoring role


The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will launch a consultation this summer on how it could hold National Highways to account in the future, a top official told Traffex visitors.

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Senior Transport Planner

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Senior Transport Planner Peterborough / Hybrid working   28 days' annual leave plus bank holidays Company car or car allowance plus fuel or charge ... Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
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Highway Inspections Technical Support Officer

Staffordshire County Council
Recruiter: Staffordshire County Council

Light Vehicle Mechanic

Grade 8 £14.26 - £15.25 per hour
We are looking for a highly motivated Light Vehicle Mechanic to join our County Transport team Derbyshire
Recruiter: Derbyshire County Council

Light Vehicle Mechanic

Grade 8 £14.26 - £15.25 per hour
We are looking for a highly motivated Light Vehicle Mechanic to join our County Transport team Derbyshire / Ambergate
Recruiter: Derbyshire County Council

Programme Assistant (Capital Programme Team) - WMF1265e

Grade 9 £32,076 - £33,024
The Capital Programme team is responsible for the core delivery of the Council’s c.£60m/year Capital Programme Cumbria
Recruiter: Westmorland and Furness Council

Project Manager - Parking Services - WMF1269e

Project Manager - Parking Services - WMF1269e
Would you like to be part of our journey and make a positive impact on our area? Cumbria
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Highways Engagement Officer - WMF1266e

£32,076 - £33,024
We are excited to offer this permanent opportunity covering the 3 locality areas of Westmorland and Furness Council Cumbria
Recruiter: Westmorland and Furness Council

Supervising Technician

£33,024.00 - £35,745.00, Grade 8, 37 hours, Permanent
We are an award winning enthusiastic team who pride themselves on providing a top class Transport Service. Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Wakefield Council

Heavy Goods Vehicle / Light Vehicle Mechanic

£14.26 - £15.25 per hour – (2024/25 pay award pending) plus market leading package (see below)
You will need to be suitably experienced, hold a minimum of an NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) vocational County Transport – Brimington Workshops
Recruiter: Derbyshire County Council

Highways Area Steward - WMF1272e

Grade 11 £35,745 - £36,648 Package
We have an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to take that next step in their career Cumbria
Recruiter: Westmorland and Furness Council

Civil Enforcement Officers

£23,893 - £25,119
We’re looking for Civil Enforcement officers to join our parking services team. Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire Council

Senior Projects Engineer

£49,854 - £56,565 per annum
Deliver projects that elevate everyday life in a Royal Borough. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Highway Adoptions and Agreements Technician

£32,076 - £33,945
North Northamptonshire is growing and evolving rapidly as a Council and as a Community. Northampton, Northamptonshire
Recruiter: North Northamptonshire Council

Traffic Installation Technician

Traffic Installation TechnicianWhen you join our Engineering Team at Telent, you'll be empowered to innovate and drive common solutions, working close England, West Yorkshire, Leeds
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Highway Permit Scheme Manager

£42,403 - £48,474 per annum . Incremental progression subject to performance
We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our Highway Works Permit Team Solihull, West Midlands
Recruiter: Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Community Highway Officer

£36,648 - £41,418
It’s an exciting time to join our Highways Team. Staffordshire
Recruiter: Staffordshire County Council

Community Highway Technician

£36,648- £41,418
It’s an exciting time to join our Highways Team. Staffordshire
Recruiter: Staffordshire County Council

Information Engineer

£42,403 - £46,464
It's an exciting time to join our Highways Team. Staffordshire
Recruiter: Staffordshire County Council

Chargehand Driver HGV x6

£36,100 - £37,384
Street Services provides a highly important service to all the borough’s residents and visitors Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Highways Development Control Manager

£50,512 - £53,204 plus benefits.
A permanent opportunity has arisen within the Highways Development Control Team. Wirral, Merseyside
Recruiter: Wirral Borough Council

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