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Stoke stays with Galliford Try for £16m minor works

24/01/2020

Galliford Try has been reappointed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as the sole contractor on its framework for minor work, worth a total of £16m over the four-year term.

UK Export Finance gives Colas £36m backing in Gabon

23/01/2020

The UK’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance, will provide £36.2m in guarantees and loans to support Colas in a project to upgrade roads in Gabon.

SISK scoops £8m job for 200-hectare housing scheme

23/01/2020

Homes England has appointed John Sisk & Son Ltd to carry out the £8m contract to design and build a new bridge and link road at the Northern Arc development in Mid Sussex.

Shapps cuts ribbon on 'congestion busting' transport centre

23/01/2020

The transport secretary has launched the West Midlands’ Regional Transport Coordination Centre, which will bring real-time information across all modes of transport together into one place.

Widow to launch legal challenge over all lane running

22/01/2020

The widow of a driver killed on a Smart Motorway has instructed lawyers to begin work on a legal challenge calling for them to be scrapped.

Local road staffing in Scotland falls by 20%

21/01/2020

A national survey of local authority roads staff in Scotland has found numbers dropped by some 20% in the last three years, with around half of the heads of department moving jobs.

Scotland to launch national road worker training programme

21/01/2020

The national Scottish Roads Training Programme is set to be launched on 29 January with the ambition of re-engineering how road operatives are qualified and how training programmes are procured.

Cardiff moots congestion charge to help fund £2bn transport plan

21/01/2020

Non-residents could be charged £2 a day to drive into Cardiff after the city council unveiled a £2bn vision to transform the transport network in the city and South East Wales.

Highways England to develop automated cone laying machines

20/01/2020

Highways England and a select group of partners are joining forces to create an automated system for laying traffic cones.

Amey to carry on in North Lanarkshire in £49m deal

20/01/2020

Amey has secured a three-year extension worth £49m to its highways maintenance and management contract with North Lanarkshire Council.

DfT completes AI health check for local roads

17/01/2020

The Department for Transport’s £2m local roads health check, which used artificial intelligence to analyse video surveys, has been completed, with results showing broad similarity between the regions.

Job of the week: Lead Practitioner (Infrastructure)

17/01/2020

Newark and Sherwood is looking to recruit to its newly created post of Lead Practitioner for Infrastructure. Infrastructure provision and delivery, whether it be roads, rail services, utilities, or digital networks, are key to the Council’s ambitions.

New bridge aims to remove business bottleneck

16/01/2020

Construction of a new road bridge in Hertfordshire costing over £10m started this week.

Road widening proves Harder than planned

16/01/2020

Work on a £10.3m road widening scheme in Keighley, West Yorkshire has been delayed after the re-routing of utilities proved more complex than expected.

County motorists 'poor relation' to major cities

15/01/2020

Shire county authorities are failing to receive a ‘fair share’ of funding for roads with London receiving three times more investment, new analysis has found.

Exclusive: WJ announces industry-leading zero carbon agenda

15/01/2020

Road marking specialist WJ Group has developed a Product Carbon Footprint Model, which details the embedded carbon in supply chain raw materials, and represents a major step forward in developing best practice climate impact analysis in the road markings and wider highways sector.

New kit helps council squeeze in more repairs

15/01/2020

Transport bosses in Cornwall have hailed a new pothole repair machine that is designed to be used on the most constricted parts of the road network.

Basildon launches pre-emptive strike against charging CAZ

15/01/2020

Basildon Council and local businesses have joined forces to voice their opposition to proposals for a charging Clean Air Zone in the area.

Pothole breakdowns fall as Beast impact fades

15/01/2020

The RAC attended significantly fewer breakdowns for pothole-related faults in 2019 than the previous year, despite a surge in the last quarter.

National Pothole Day: Are we in crisis?

14/01/2020

National Pothole Day 2020 saw campaigners call for £1.5bn more a year to tackle the local maintenance backlog and make the roads safer.

Birmingham to prevent 'through trips' of city centre

14/01/2020

Council leaders in Birmingham are planning a dramatic shift away from car use, including discouraging trips through the city centre.

RSMA talks men's health

14/01/2020

Chris Booth, clinical director CHAPS – the men’s health charity – gave a powerful talk at the latest Road Safety Markings Association conference, outlining the ‘pretty dreadful’ state of men’s health to the 'at-risk' highways industry.

Skanska kicks off regional partnerships with £143m M42 scheme

14/01/2020

Skanska has signed a £143m contract to deliver an improvement scheme on M42 Junction 6 under Highways England's new Regional Delivery Partnership procurement.

£46m bridge aims to mitigate rising flood risk

13/01/2020

The Welsh Government has given the new Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth the go-ahead.

Get Brock (un)done: £30m M20 barrier to be removed

10/01/2020

Highways England has announced details of work to remove the steel barrier on the M20 in Kent, installed last year as part of Operation Brock at a cost of around £30m.

FM Conway wins £98m Richmond and Wandsworth joint deal

10/01/2020

FM Conway has secured a £98m public realm and major highway contract from Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Job of the Week

09/01/2020

Hackney London Borough Council is seeking an experienced Highways Inspector to join the Highways Team.

Big Interview: Michael Conway - The head of the family

09/01/2020

As FM Conway closes in on its 60th birthday, Dominic Browne speaks to the man at the top, Michael Conway, about life in the hot seat, growing a family business and standing up for the sector.

Tarmac takes aggregate off the road for new asphalt plant

09/01/2020

The first freight trains have delivered aggregate to the site of a new asphalt and aggregates facility under construction by Tarmac in north east Birmingham.

Breedon acquires Cemex UK in £178m deal

08/01/2020

Breedon Group has announced a £178m deal to buy Cemex UK's assets including 100 active sites and 170 million tonnes of mineral reserves.

R&W Traffic Management crosses over to Chevron

08/01/2020

Traffic management firm the Chevron Group has acquired R&W Traffic Management from the wider R&W Group.

No light at the end of tunnel funding impasse

06/01/2020

The Planning Inspectorate has passed its recommendation on plans to build a tunnel at Stonehenge to the transport secretary but the project remains unfunded.

True grit secures top satisfaction for Warwickshire

06/01/2020

Warwickshire County Council has been named the country’s joint top performing county council for highway maintenance in a key survey for the second year in a row.

Wolverhampton moves in right direction with charging roll-out

06/01/2020

The City of Wolverhampton Council has announced a second phase of BP Chargemasters to be installed by the summer.

Stalling car market 'threatens environment goals'

06/01/2020

New car registrations fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, with a major drop in the number of new diesel cars but a rise in electric vehicle sales.

Eleven get places on £340m Highways England framework

03/01/2020

Highways England has appointed 11 contractors to a construction works framework for its East Region worth up to £340m over four and a half years.

Matheson launches CAV roadmap

03/01/2020

The Scottish Government has published its plans to keep the country ‘at the forefront’ of developments in the connected and autonomous vehicle industry.

Robotic pre-marker provides starting point for safer working

02/01/2020

A ‘clever little robot’ has saved hundreds of hours of working time on projects across the country, Highways England has said.

Road run-off 'is pollution risk to London rivers'

02/01/2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for more government cash to tackle road run-off after a ‘pioneering’ new study found that it is a significant pollution risk to the capital’s rivers.

Pendlebury and Dawes get top gongs in New Year Honours

02/01/2020

Senior officials at the Department for Transport (DfT) have again been recognised in the New Year Honours 2020.

Atkins becomes a digital broker to beat the pothole problem

20/12/2019

Atkins has launched a live engagement phase of a Digital Intelligent Brokerage (DIB) system designed to share knowledge and identify innovative solutions and partnerships to help tackle the pothole problem.

Highways England trials ultra low carbon concrete on A14

20/12/2019

Highways England is trialling ultra low-carbon concrete on its A14 upgrade project.

Queen's Speech: £100bn infrastructure plans

20/12/2019

At the state opening of Parliament, her majesty the Queen said the Government would 'prioritise investment in infrastructure' in order to 'unleash productivity and improve daily life' across the country.

National Pothole Day 2020: Allies to take battle to Westminster

18/12/2019

Manufacturer Ultracrete and campaigner Mr Pothole are joining forces to drive a bright orange tank through London next month to protest about the deficit in funding for road repairs.

Keep on running: Kier goes contraflow for gantry installation

18/12/2019

Kier Highways has installed three large cantilever gantries on a smart motorway project over a nine-night period while the motorway remained open.

HARPing on about driverless vehicles

18/12/2019

Chris Ames looks at a consultation paper on the issue of self-driving passenger vehicles from the Law Commissions of England and Wales, and of Scotland.

Council makes a noise about new road surface

17/12/2019

A county council has said a very low noise surface on a bypass that is due to carry HS2 construction traffic ‘is quieter than engineers expected’ but may only last a decade.

New service aims to take care of street defects

17/12/2019

Transport for London has launched an online service that aims to make it simpler for people to report problems on the road network and at bus stops.

On-demand minibuses 'could fill rural transport gap'

17/12/2019

Driverless on-demand passenger transport is more likely to succeed in rural and outlying areas than areas of high demand, according to a new study.

Good to go: Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 6 released

17/12/2019

The Department for Transport has released key guidance for those designing traffic signal junctions and crossings on roads with a speed limit of 40 mph and under, particularly in urban areas.

'Ready Spready Go' - winter service starts in earnest

16/12/2019

Authorities and companies working on the English and Scottish road networks sent gritters out at the weekend as low temperatures saw significant snowfalls.

Clancy returns to profit with 'record' £300m revenue

16/12/2019

UK construction firm Clancy Group has announced a small profit for the last financial year as its revenue rose above £300m.

Lester takes chairman post at Kier

16/12/2019

Infrastructure firm Kier Group has announced the appointment of Matthew Lester as chairman of its board of directors with effect from 1 January.

One strike and you're out - checking for underground assets

16/12/2019

Richard Broome, managing director at LSBUD, a leading online asset search facility, discusses the recent Digging Up Britain 2019 report and how safe those working on the UK’s highways are when it comes to excavation.

Election 2019: Conservative's win promises certainty for the sector

13/12/2019

The Conservative Party has won a large majority after taking seats from Labour in its traditional heartlands in the North and Midlands.

Costain's profits tumble after losing Heads of the Valleys dispute

12/12/2019

Around a half of Costain's annual profits have been wiped out after it lost a ruling in favour of the Welsh Government on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road project.

Fisher lands Amey job as Milner departs

12/12/2019

Amey has appointed Amanda Fisher as acting CEO after showing the door to incumbent Andy Milner.

Matheson stresses 'commitment' to £120m flyover project

12/12/2019

The Scottish transport secretary has stressed ministers’ commitment to the A720 Sheriffhall roundabout scheme as plans for the project are set to go on public display.

Flat profits, but strong order book growth for Balfour Beatty

12/12/2019

Construction giant Balfour Beatty is heading for flat profits growth but has expanded its order book, according to a trading update.

£9m road realignment scheme 'completed early'

11/12/2019

The new section of the A737 at the Den in North Ayrshire has opened following a £9m realignment scheme.

The Insider: Martin Duffy talks ageing

11/12/2019

The skills shortage has been on our radar in the construction industry for the past few years and during this time I’ve listened to numerous business leaders from within the highways sector talking about their plans to fill the gap. Are you making the contribution you should be to making the construction sector great again?

Atkins in Wiltshire for the long-term with new deal

11/12/2019

Atkins has won a five-year highways consultancy framework contract to support Wiltshire Council’s long-term transport strategy.

Making journeys tell their own stories

10/12/2019

Dominic Browne speaks to Richard Barlow, CEO and founder of Wejo, which was founded in 2014 but is fast becoming one the biggest companies in the transport data economy.

ADEPT sees progress on the long road to a sector deal

10/12/2019

Attempts to address the challenges and grasp the opportunities of a sector deal for highways are continuing to gain momentum, place directors have said.

Eurovia a model for the sector with BIM accreditation

10/12/2019

Eurovia Contracting has become one of the first contracting companies in the sector to achieve certification in the new international standard covering Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Red faces over red phases - Milton Keynes in green light shortage

10/12/2019

The BBC has reported that Milton Keynes has run out of green bulbs for a number of traffic lights.

As one A14 opens, another closes

10/12/2019

Highways England has closed a part of the old A14 in Huntingdon to begin the removal of the viaduct in the town.

Could road studs offer pollution solution?

09/12/2019

A UK firm has launched a new method of tackling toxic pollution from road vehicles, using pods submerged in the centre of the road.

‘Climate change’ reappraisal puts dualling scheme under pressure

06/12/2019

A £500m dualling scheme in South Wales is to be reappraised in light of the ‘climate change emergency’ before ministers make a final decision on construction.

Highway Care rises to expectations

06/12/2019

Barrier supplier Highway Care has unveiled its new offices in Sittingbourne, to accommodate its ‘ever-expanding team’.

Scotland prepares new road safety framework

05/12/2019

Transport Scotland is gearing up to produce a new Road Safety Framework, with a consultation on the new document expected early next year.

Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'

05/12/2019

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

West Lothian uses risk-based approach to close in on targets

04/12/2019

A council in Scotland has used a standardised risk-based approach template created by local officers’ body SCOTS to dramatically improve its ability to meet response times for road defects.

TRL looks 50:50 after latest brine trials

03/12/2019

The latest findings from the 2018/2019 Transport Scotland live brine trials have been released and after three winter seasons of research, the recommendations have become clearer and the areas of further research more specific. Dominic Browne reports

Balfour scoops £217m Lincolnshire roads deal

03/12/2019

Balfour Beatty Living Places has secured a highway maintenance contract with Lincolnshire County Council worth £217m over six years with an option to extend for a further six.

All hands on the highway deck in Sheffield

02/12/2019

When rain and floods hit South Yorkshire early in November, Amey, which provides highway maintenance services to Sheffield City Council through the £2bn ‘Streets Ahead’ PFI contract, was in the front line. Highways gets a briefing on its efforts.

ROSPA warns of acute safety issue over older drivers

29/11/2019

Safety issues around older drivers have become increasingly critical, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) has warned.

We need to look at changing specs, sustainability chief warns

29/11/2019

The head of sustainable engineering and climate adaption at Transport Scotland has said it is time to consider changing specifications in road markings and highways materials to tackle climate change.

Amey celebrates Owen Williams Group's 100 years

29/11/2019

In the lavish main hall of One Great George Street, home of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Amey celebrated the centenary of Sir Owen Williams' engineering practice, which was bought by the company in 2006.

Seven in 10 drivers don't trust smart motorways

29/11/2019

More than two-thirds (68%) of drivers in England think removing the hard shoulder on all lane running smart motorways compromises safety for people who breakdown in a live lane, according to the RAC.

Unique solution helps protect unseen cyclists

28/11/2019

SWARCO Traffic Ltd, the traffic technology specialist, has developed a tailor-made solution to keep cyclists protected on busy country lanes in Bedfordshire.

Jacobs to hire 2,400 staff in UK

28/11/2019

Infrastructure services group Jacobs has announced plans to hire around 2,400 after opening its new European flagship office in London at the Cottons Centre.

Aldridge leaves his mark as RSMA chairman

28/11/2019

Having completed his three-year tenure as chairman, Paul Aldridge moves to the role of Vice-Chairman for the next two years. He is replaced by industry stalwart Steve Scott of Wilson & Scott.

RSMA to lobby for tougher driver licensing in construction

28/11/2019

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has called for stricter regulations about driving licences in the construction industry.

Major report investigates plastic in roads

28/11/2019

There are 'major concerns' about the potential health and safety hazards workers could be exposed to while handling recycled plastic modified binders during road construction, a new report from the top Australasian transport body says.

RSMA awards hit the mark

27/11/2019

The 2019 Road Safety Marking Association (RSMA) Awards have celebrated the road marking industry’s work to promote health, safety and wellbeing, sustainability and innovation

£500m framework covers culverts to coastal works

27/11/2019

Four firms have won places on a works framework worth up to £500m over four years and covering a large swathe of the South of England.

GE: Road investment pledges welcomed

26/11/2019

A key industry body has welcomed the focus the two main political parties have given to the condition of the local road network during the General Election campaign.

SMEs secure places on £14m Leicestershire minor works framework

26/11/2019

Six firms including five SMEs have won places on a highways minor works framework agreement with Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council worth a total of £14m.

£1bn Silvertown PFI contract signed

26/11/2019

Transport for London has ‘completed’ the £1bn contract for the controversial Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames in east London, despite an ongoing legal challenge.

IHE faces change at the top

26/11/2019

The Institute of Highway Engineers has announced that Steve Spender will take on the chief executive officer role in February.

Report investigates value of Scottish local network - estimated at £6bn a year

25/11/2019

A project in Scotland involving key public sector bodies has outlined a framework for analysing the value of the local road network and investment and intervention programmes - including economic, social and environmental factors.

FM Conway and Brake team up for Road Safety Week

22/11/2019

FM Conway has entered into a new partnership with the road safety charity, Brake, that will see the two organisations fundraising and raising road safety awareness together as they both aim for vision zero.

UltraCrete to sponsor National Pothole Day 2020

22/11/2019

UltraCrete has teamed up with ‘Mr Pothole’ AKA Mark Morrell to promote National Pothole Day on Wednesday 15th January 2020.

VolkerHighways wins £1m LEDs contract with Dover

20/11/2019

VolkerHighways has been awarded a street lighting contract with Dover District Council, worth around £1m.

Analysis: Draining the danger

20/11/2019

Alys Bishop, deputy chair of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport’s (ADEPT) Flood and Water Management Group, raises a timely discussion on tackling flooding and drainage.

Plant operators' 'grandfather rights' to end from 2025 

20/11/2019

Construction plant operators holding a skills card under so-called ‘grandfather rights’ will have to pay to undergo a competence interview to keep the certification beyond 2025.

Costs spiral by £116m on flagship Heads of the Valleys scheme

20/11/2019

The Welsh Government expects to be liable for £116.2m of additional costs for the A465 Heads of the Valleys dualling between Gilwern and Brynmawr, equating to 53% of the original £220m cost estimate.

Third Menai Crossing business case 'weakened'

20/11/2019

The Welsh Government is still expecting funding from ‘external partners’ for its planned Third Menai Crossing, despite a major blow to hopes of the structure doubling up as a high-voltage cable route for Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

RSMA: Blazing a careful trail

19/11/2019

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) conference on 21 November will be a time of celebration and reflection. A central issue on the agenda is men’s health.

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