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'Absolutely clear' link between breathing issues and pollution spikes, study finds

13/07/2018

A major study by Scottish researchers found the link between respiratory-related admissions to hospitals and GPs and rises in air pollution, is 'absolutely clear'.

JCB celebrates £21m European deal

12/07/2018

JCB has closed its biggest single order from leading European plant and tool hire company Boels Rental, delivering some £21m in brand new machine fleet.

Comment: Why the electric vehicle revolution starts with buildings

12/07/2018

Adam Selvey (pictured), director at Ramboll, on why housing is key to electric vehicle charging.

Highways England to start £373m smart motorway scheme

12/07/2018

A £373m scheme to upgrade a 23-mile section of the M1 to an all lane running smart motorway is to start next month.

Urban consolidation centres 'significantly outweigh' costs, govt advisers find

12/07/2018

An economic assessment tool specially developed by Government advisers has shown the benefits from urban consolidation centres (UCCs) can outweigh any extra costs.

Temporary road order means AWPR finish line in sight

12/07/2018

Transport Scotland has published a temporary road order, which will ‘set the stage for the 7.5-m Balmedie to Tipperty section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Road/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project to open in the coming weeks’.

Essex fires starting gun on £50m M11 Junction contract

12/07/2018

Essex County Council has launched a bidding process to undertake a £50m design and construction contract on the M11 Junction 7a.

Get off the phone! Norfolk signs warn drivers

11/07/2018

Norfolk has become the first place in UK to trial new technology to warn drivers not to use mobile phones, the county council has said.

New event looks to connected and autonomous future

11/07/2018

A new event that brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles with live demonstrations has been set up to assess the latest developments and debate and discuss the way forward, with future trials and research across the world, including in Scotland.

Traffic increases with ongoing rural rise

11/07/2018

Traffic on Britain’s roads reached yet another all-time high last year, with car, van and lorry use all increasing but bus mileage continuing to fall.

Safety boss links fatality increase to austerity and 'Brexit paralysis'

10/07/2018

The head of a leading safety charity has linked the recent rise in workplace deaths to austerity policies and cuts in funding for inspections.

Q and A: Birmingham's Cllr Zaffar talks Clean Air Zones

10/07/2018

Birmingham City Council recently approved plans for a Class D charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which would include private cars. Highways spoke to councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, cabinet member for transport and environment, about the issue at the National Clean Air Summit.

Kier wins £750m Highways England extensions

10/07/2018

Kier has secured three-year extensions on its Highways England Areas 3 and 9 contracts, with a total value of £750m or £250m a year.

NIC calls for £500m local road funding boost - from 2025

10/07/2018

The National Infrastructure Commission has called for government to make £500m a year available from 2025/26 to 2034/35 for local highways authorities to address the local road maintenance backlog.

JB Riney hits major and minor deals in Bromley to the tune of £70m

10/07/2018

The London Borough of Bromley has awarded its major and minor work highways contracts, valued at more than £70m over their eight-year duration, to JB Riney & Co Ltd.

Analysis: Current procurement practice is driving wrong behaviours

10/07/2018

The FiTZ INDEX findings reveal emphatic agreement that current practice is driving the wrong behaviours, and achieving the wrong results, Brian Fitzpatrick writes. 

Exclusive: Highways procurement survey - steps forward but still held back

10/07/2018

The latest Highways/FiTZ INDEX survey has revealed deep concerns about the nature of procurement, especially its ability to foster innovation, take on and share risk, bring in new entrants and support SMEs. However, there are signs the sector itself is ready to take steps to drive change.

It’s coming home (for FM Conway at least): Firm secures £130m Croydon contract

09/07/2018

Infrastructure services company FM Conway has won a highway service contract worth up to £130m with the London Borough of Croydon, where it has an asphalt plant, as part of the town’s £5.2bn regeneration programme.

Legal experts debate Government liability for toxic air deaths

09/07/2018

In the wake of the tragic death of a nine-year-old girl, linked by scientists to air pollution, experts are debating how the 'evolving law' in this area can hold public bodies liable for fatalities related to air pollution.

MPs slam Govt on outsourcing and call for PFI halt

09/07/2018

MPs have criticised the Government’s approach to outsourcing, accusing it of having a ‘preoccupation with cost’ while being unable to show it provides 'better services for less money.

Reading seeks to curb traffic as growth fuels pollution

09/07/2018

Reading Borough Council is proposing a raft of measures to tackle congestion and air pollution, including a possible workplace parking levy.

'Road to Zero' plan could see charge points in new homes and street lights

09/07/2018

New housing and commercial buildings and all new street lights could have charging points installed in them under an aspirational £450m government plan to boost ultra low emission vehicles.

BSI tackles potholes with new asphalt standard

06/07/2018

Business standards company BSI has revised its guidance on asphalt, with changes to help prevent the low temperature cracking of road surfaces that causes potholes.

Infrastructure sector shows its colours celebrating pride month

06/07/2018

From flags to cupcakes, all month companies have been celebrating diversity in support for the LGBT community.

New technologies for a new direction

06/07/2018

Rennicks is a well-known name in the highways industry and one that has been through major changes in recent years. After a recent management buyout, the company is making a big push in the technology market. Highways speaks to the new managing director Ross Bullerwell about the new direction.

Tarmac secures £40m extension on Norfolk contract

05/07/2018

Tarmac has secured an extension to its major highways maintenance contract with Norfolk County Council worth up to £40m.

Kier director breaks ground in new age of roads

05/07/2018

A senior director at Kier Highways has told the sector that the new era digital of roads and market disruption is upon us, stating that 'Google and Amazon are supply chain partners in the industry now'.

How I learned to stop/start worrying and love/hate the Black box

05/07/2018

Kelsey Vanner discusses the pros and cons of using telematic technology that tracks your every move for young drivers faced with prohibitive insurance costs.

£20k research grants up for grabs from CIHT

05/07/2018

A leading professional body is making research grants available for those looking into current transportation challenges and opportunities, as well as launching a competition for young engineers.

Girl’s death 'strongly linked' to air pollution

05/07/2018

The death of a nine-year-old girl from an asthma attack may be the first fatality in the UK to be directly connected to air pollution, after a professor found a ‘striking’ link between her condition and spikes in toxic air.

£420m construction sector deal must become 'concrete reality'

05/07/2018

Contractors have called for ministers to match words with action to deliver on the ‘ambitious vision’ of their long-awaited £420m Construction Sector Deal.

The Long Read: The return of the integrator

05/07/2018

Tony Llewellyn, collaboration director at Resolex and visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, discusses the shifting landscape of infrastructure delivery and how the sector can boost productivity and long-term value.

Progress stalls on site safety as 38 construction workers killed in the last year

05/07/2018

Thirty-eight construction workers were killed in the last year, more than a quarter of all fatal industrial injuries.

Comment: Addressing the gender balance in engineering

05/07/2018

Carol Geddes, operations manager in the transportation team at Sweco UK, discusses how to achieve a better gender balance in engineering.

telent wins £2m Sandwell signalling deal

05/07/2018

telent Technology Services Ltd has been awarded a £2m four-year contract to provide maintenance services to Sandwell Council’s traffic signal network.

UK lags behind as EU is ‘set to fail’ on road fatality targets

04/07/2018

The EU’s target to halve road fatalities by 2020 now seems likely to be missed, with the UK currently making no major progress, road safety experts have said.

Latest Talking Transport podcast discusses Traffex SiB, MaaS and more

04/07/2018

A special Talking Transport podcast is now online, with SMART Highways editor Paul Hutton joined by Highways editor Dominic Browne, deputy editor Chris Ames and Traffex Seeing is Believing content director Adrian Tatum.

Leeds set to back £25m LED streetlight switch

03/07/2018

Leeds City Council is to take forward plans to upgrade all street lights in the city after a consultation, but has yet to say whether it intends to extend a night-time switch off.

Eurovia dresses down in the heat to claim weekend record

03/07/2018

Eurovia is claiming a record for a weekend road closure after double dressing a 16-mile stretch of the A169 with a high performance treatment.

Two thirds of Carillion jobs saved but redundancies pass 2,400

03/07/2018

More than two thirds of the pre-liquidation workforce at Carillion have had their jobs saved, although over 2,400 people have been made redundant.

Average speed cameras 'better at slowing cars down'

02/07/2018

A new survey suggests that 79% of drivers think average speed cameras are better at slowing traffic than traditional fixed ones.

Traffex SiB crash demonstrations show passive pole safety

29/06/2018

Pole Products and UK Highways demonstrated the safety nature of passive poles in two crash demonstrations on day one of Traffex Seeing is Believing 2018. Watch the video.

Ringway Hounslow scoops major local government award

29/06/2018

Congratulations to Ringway Hounslow Highways (RHH) and the London Borough of Hounslow, winners of the prestigious MJ Award for Highways Management, sponsored by Highways magazine.

BP charges into EV market with POLAR expedition

28/06/2018

BP has agreed to purchase Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging company.

TfL looks to future proof traffic management with 'Future SCOOT'

28/06/2018

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded Siemens Mobility a 10-year contract worth tens of millions of pounds to upgrade the capital’s road network management and ‘future proof’ its SCOOT system.

‘Historic moment’ as Highways England releases first sections of updated DMRB

28/06/2018

Highways England has published the first four sections of the updated Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – the document that sets the design and safety standards for the strategic road network.

Traffex SiB second day podcast now online

28/06/2018

In a busy second podcast from Traffex Seeing is Believing, SMART Highways Paul Hutton editor talks innovation, investment and international.

Highways England opens door to the future

27/06/2018

Highways England has launched two competitions for companies with solutions that could help transform the strategic road network.

Integrate data work to help councils, ADEPT tells STBs

27/06/2018

The president of council directors’ body ADEPT has revealed plans to support local government data initiatives in partnership with industry and the Department for Transport.

Incentive element 'likely to continue', DfT official says

27/06/2018

A Department for Transport official has said the argument has been won on highway authority incentive funding and the system is likely to continue into the next parliament.

First Traffex Seeing is Believing podcast now available

27/06/2018

Traffex Seeing is Believing is taking place at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire, showing off the best in highways innovation and transport technology and SMART Highways editor Paul Hutton is there to talk to demonstrators, exhibitors and visitors.

Court grants Uber 15-month provisional London licence

26/06/2018

A court has overturned the Transport for London's (TfL) ban on Uber's licence to operate in the city, after the controversial company made steps to change.

Traffex Seeing is Believing on target for a record year

26/06/2018

The major inside-outside traffic technology and highways exhibition and conference Traffex Seeing is Believing opens its doors at 9am on Wednesday 27 June.

Comeback kid appointed director at Sweco

26/06/2018

Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has appointed former WSP boss Stephen Russell as its new director of transportation.

Aggregate Industries lets its colours shine

25/06/2018

Aggregate Industries has opened a new sampling lab at its Express Asphalt plant in Doncaster, as part of ambitions to expand the supply of its SuperColour range.

RSMA appoints new HSE lead

22/06/2018

The RSMA has announced the appointment of Stuart Caroline as its health, safety and environmental (HSE) and assessment manager.

Teaching the lessons of educational partnerships

22/06/2018

Anne Ashman, general manager MVIS and Bartco UK, on the business benefits of reaching out to schools and other educational partnerships.

In memoriam: Lord Howie of Troon

22/06/2018

It is with the deepest sadness that we report on the death of the former Labour peer, and Highways columnist, Lord Howie of Troon, who has died aged 94

Rennicks launches new safety product range

22/06/2018

Rennicks has announced plans to launch three new products centred around road safety at the upcoming Traffex Seeing Is Believing event.

Largest quarry exhibition to feature bitumen showcase

21/06/2018

The world’s largest working quarry exhibition at Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, will feature Total Lubricants and Total Bitumen showcasing a range of latest products suitable for road, construction and industrial applications.

IHE launches industry wide partnership programme

21/06/2018

A new Professional Development Partnership launched by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) could see closer co-operation between key groups in the sector on training and practitioner support.

Highways Awards deadline...extended

21/06/2018

Out of the kindness of our hearts (and because we became tired of your pleas for mercy) Highways has agreed to extend the deadline for entries to our annual awards.

IHE launches virtual academy as Pearson presidency begins

21/06/2018

The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) has established a new ‘virtual’ training academy, offering industry-led training in highway engineering.

'GATEway was just the beginning': groundbreaking AV project signs off

21/06/2018

The GATEway project to study how people react to automated vehicles has published the full research and findings from its three-year programme of trials, with suggestions for new areas of research for the future.

Birmingham to get tough with Clean Air Zone charging

21/06/2018

Birmingham City Council has announced plans for one of the toughest possible charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) systems, which will include private diesel and petrol cars.

New report considers safety implications of driverless cars

21/06/2018

A new report has examined the relationship between road infrastructure and safety for conventional and increasingly autonomous vehicles and provides a framework for infrastructure safety investment.

Why don’t we do (repairs) in Abbey Road?

21/06/2018

Infrastructure services contractor FM Conway caused a brief panic among music fans as resurfacing works temporarily did away with the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing.

Highways England aims for alliance model on smart motorways

20/06/2018

Highways England is planning to adopt a full 10-year alliance model for its smart motorway programme, following a process of market engagement.

Ministers 'shying away' from action on air pollution

20/06/2018

The MPs who led an unprecedented joint inquiry into Government plans to tackle air pollution have accused ministers of ‘dragging their feet’ on the issue.

The Stig talks driverless cars in this week’s Talking Transport

20/06/2018

You may not have heard him before, but you’ll probably have seen him – The Stig from Top Gear. Well one of those drivers from the Clarkson/May/Hammond era of the programme joins us on Talking Transport as Ben Collins discusses driverless cars.

City leaders want 2030 petrol and diesel ban

18/06/2018

A cross-party alliance of English and Welsh city leaders has called on ministers to bring the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles forward by 10 years.

Comment: 1,792 people deserve action

18/06/2018

Former director of the Department for Transport and current director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, talks about life’s hardest lessons.

DfT report backs permits to shorten works and cut disruption

18/06/2018

The Department for Transport (DfT) has backed calls for the 35% of highway authorities that do not have permit schemes in place to consider introducing them.

Wright recognised for inspirational leadership as Kier triumphs at CIHT awards

15/06/2018

Dave Wright, executive director at Kier Highways, won the Inspirational Leadership Award at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation’s (CIHT) Awards on Thursday night.

WJ Group demonstrates the case for change at TSiB

15/06/2018

Leading road marking company WJ Group is pulling out all the stops for Traffex Seeing is Believing this year on 27 to 28 June at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.

Long read: Working together today to deliver tomorrow's infrastructure

14/06/2018

Philip Wright, Balfour Beatty framework director, explains why early contractor involvement ECI means completion within cost and programme parameters can typically be achieved on over 90% of projects, compared to around 60% for non-ECI projects.

Round table: The human touch

14/06/2018

The latest Highways round table, in partnership with Tarmac, sought the views of a group of new entrants and some of those seeking to be part of the solution, on the enduring question of how to make the sector a more attractive and better-understood proposition.

Sunderland dual carriageway rises to £72m as Northern Spire opening nears

14/06/2018

Sunderland City Council's cabinet has approved a £12m in additional spending on its city centre dual carriageway, as it seeks to appoint a main contractor.

'Milestone moment' on A14 as Great Ouse viaduct takes shape

14/06/2018

A firm from North East England has achieved a ‘milestone moment’ on Britain’s largest current road upgrade with the installation of a central 39-metre viaduct beam across the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire.

Finishing line in sight for one of UK's biggest road projects - the AWPR

14/06/2018

The Scottish Government has announced plans to celebrate completion of the ‘eagerly anticipated’ Aberdeen bypass later this year.

A14 viaduct removal 'creates new opportunities for Huntingdon'

14/06/2018

Highways England has released images of what the town of Huntingdon will look like once the old A14 viaduct is removed.

Crash investigation teams to be trialled

13/06/2018

The Government has announced a three-year trial under which dedicated investigation teams will be deployed to UK roads to analyse the cause of road collisions.

Scotland achieves road safety targets with years to spare

13/06/2018

Scotland has achieved a major success in road safety taking the country ahead of its 2020 target for reducing road fatalities.

Amey hit by £50m Birmingham PFI compensation

13/06/2018

Amey has been ordered to pay Birmingham City Council more than £50m in compensation after the contractor lost a long-running court battle earlier this year, according to reports.

Call for 'common sense' as Scotland moves to ban pavement parking

11/06/2018

The Scottish Government's long-awaited Transport Bill aims to ban pavement parking and strengthen the powers of the country’s roadworks tsar.

Fines for emissions cheats but new cars still over NOX limits

11/06/2018

Ministers have announced fines of up to £50,000 per vehicle if carmakers supply vehicles designed to cheat emissions tests, but research has found that new cars are still producing more pollution than allowed by official standards.

Khan confirms 2021 ULEZ expansion

08/06/2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that his Ultra- Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded up to the North and South Circular roads from autumn 2021.

Councils urged to set up 'Energy Boards' to roll-out charging infrastructure

08/06/2018

Local authorities have been urged to set up ‘Energy Boards’ and appoint an electric vehicle champion in a new guide out today.

Council criticised for Oxford Street pedestrianisation U-turn

08/06/2018

Westminster City Council has defended itself against accusations it has ‘betrayed’ Londoners with its decision not to make Oxford Street a traffic-free area.

Scotland contractors call for end to roadworker abuse

07/06/2018

Transport Scotland and the companies that operate its trunk road network have launched a roadworker safety campaign, asking drivers to help stamp out the ‘shocking’ levels of abuse suffered by their workers.

Carillion collapse to cost taxpayer £148m, NAO says

07/06/2018

The liquidation of Carillion will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £148m, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said, excluding around £2.6bn pension liabilities and losses by the firm’s non-government creditors.

Leeds awards Eastern Orbital work to Balfour after Carillion fall

07/06/2018

Leeds City Council has awarded Balfour Beatty a contact to deliver the first two phases of the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) after Carillion was originally lined up for the job.

The future, connectivity and exhibitor profiles on Detroit podcast today

07/06/2018

The final 3M-sponsored Talking Transport podcast from ITS America’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Detroit is now online with plenty of thought leadership, a connected vehicle demonstration, innovation from two continents and no fewer than seven exhibitors.

A92 crossing to be installed after Yousaf's promise to parents

06/06/2018

Transport Scotland is to install a signalised pedestrian crossing on the A92 in Fife after the transport minister met the parents of a child who was killed on the road.

Glos 'on track' to award term maintenance contract as three shortlisted

06/06/2018

Gloucestershire County Council has shortlisted three bidders to go through to the next stage of its procurement exercise for a term maintenance contract that could be worth up to £430m over 11 years.

Midlands Connect makes 'statement of intent' with motorways plan

06/06/2018

The sub-national transport body for the Midlands has published what it calls a ‘bold, long-term vision’ to cut congestion on the region’s motorways, including a possible new strategic route linking the M5 and the M6.

Supporting start-ups, safety and new initiatives - Talking Transport from Detroit

06/06/2018

The second podcast from the ITS America Annual Meeting 2018 in Detroit, sponsored by 3M Connected Roads, concentrates on initiatives to help new ideas get support in order to make a difference to the way we travel.

Safety the main feature of Tuesday’s Talking Transport from Detroit

05/06/2018

The first Talking Transport podcast from the ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit, sponsored by 3M Connected Roads, is online with the focus on safety.

Roadworker dies on Surrey roundabout scheme

04/06/2018

A worker has died on site at a road improvement scheme in Surrey, after apparently being hit by plant machinery.

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