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Security options for site closures with Highways Care

03/04/2020

Leading barrier company Highway Care has advised industry on how to protect worksites in the event of temporary or partial closure.

The mission to make roads 90% recycled

02/04/2020

Bruce Spencer-Knott, managing director of Minster Group, discusses how the company is helping lead the fight to make our sector more environmentally sustainable in its most basic elements

Construction sector calls for more support in letter to PM

02/04/2020

The Construction Leadership Council has written to the prime minister setting out 'essential actions to secure the future of the sector'.

Wage cuts and shutdowns, but Kier cracks on

02/04/2020

While staff in the wider Kier Group have taken wage cuts, and parts of its operations have been put on ice, Kier Highways reached a major milestone on its M20 and M23 smart motorway schemes.

Industry uproar causes updated worksite advice to be dropped

02/04/2020

Uproar from industry has meant that the updated second version of operational guidance for worksites from the Construction Leadership Council has had to be dropped.

The new DMRB goes live!

02/04/2020

The new Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) has been launched with its own new web location, making it easier and quicker to find information in what is known as 'the highways bible'.

CIHT's new vision: Road charging, a £15bn fund and place-based roads

01/04/2020

Road pricing, new designations for roads based on use, and a £15bn, 10-year Local Highways Fund; CIHT has made some of its most significant and bold recommendations to Government yet.

Construction sector issues guidance on shutdowns and contractual issues

01/04/2020

The Construction Leadership Council has released guidance to construction companies and clients on how to carry out a controlled shutdown of sites and facilities where work must be suspended due to the current coronavirus threat.

The Lighthouse Club launches urgent appeal

01/04/2020

Highways Magazine's longtime charity partner The Lighthouse Club has launched an urgent national appeal for everyone in construction to donate to a Construction Workers Family Crisis Fund.

Govt relaxes rules on driver training for 'essential' logistics sector

01/04/2020

The Government has announced a temporary relaxation on bus, coach and lorry driver training during the coronavirus crisis to support the vital transport and logistics industries.

IHE to bring industry wide collaboration platform to life

27/03/2020

The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) has announced the launch of a new platform for sector collaboration, providing the kind of support missing from the industry since the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme was disbanded.

An asphalt survival guide

27/03/2020

As times get tough, and supplies can run low, Highways asks Harry Pearl of Roadmender Asphalt to help draw up an asphalt survival guide on how your team can keep carrying out essential work throughout the crisis.

LGTAG calls on government to protect supply chains

27/03/2020

The Government should consider how to protect supply chains, including materials for the highways industry, throughout the Covid-19 crisis, a senior figure in local government roads has warned.

CITB suspends levy payments for three months

27/03/2020

The training board for the construction industry, CITB, has announced it will suspend its levy payments for an initial period of three months.

Self-employed to get 80% of profits in coronavirus support

26/03/2020

The chancellor has given some welcome relief to the self-employed, promising to pay 80% of profits up to £2,500 a month if they have make annual profits under £50,000.

The Long (but essential) Read: COVID-19 legal analysis

26/03/2020

Phoebe Hirst, Alastair Dale and Jon Hart of award winning infrastructure law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, take a look at the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on industry contracts and wider legal considerations.

Breedon and Mace announce shutdowns

26/03/2020

Construction materials company Breedon Group has temporarily suspended production at UK sites, with the exception of its Hope cement plant and operations that serve critical supply needs.

DfT urgently seeking data

26/03/2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) is urgently seeking local authority transport data to aid the response to COVID-19.

Kershaw joins Costain as transportation MD

26/03/2020

Sue Kershaw has joined Costain as managing director of its transportation division, where she will be responsible for the highways, rail and aviation sectors.

Partnership 'lays foundation for new world of connectivity'

26/03/2020

Telensa has announced a partnership with Yotta to bring together its PLANet Central Management System with Yotta’s Alloy platform.

RSMA: Updates and postponements

26/03/2020

The Road Safety Markings Association has updated members on the developing coronavirus crisis, promising to 'continue to operate and support members to the maximum possible degree'.

ADEPT calls for support for ‘Highways Heroes’

25/03/2020

Council directors body ADEPT has emphasized the important role of local authority highways key workers during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Public sector clients must 'act now' to support contractors

25/03/2020

The Cabinet Office has told public sector contracting authorities to pay suppliers immediately and consider 'advance payments if necessary'.

Three on Stonehenge tunnel shortlist

25/03/2020

Highways England has shortlisted three ‘international joint ventures’ to go through to the next stage of the procurement process for the £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel, with only one British firm in the running.

Calling out to industry: The NHS needs you!

25/03/2020

The NHS has requested supplies from industry to support its fight against COVID-19.

Highways England to carry on despite lockdown

24/03/2020

The Government-owned company has reiterated its intention to continue working, in line with Westminster's position on construction sites.

ALARM results 2020: Backlog rises 14%, funding falls 16%

24/03/2020

The maintenance backlog for local roads in England and Wales has increased by 14% to £11.14bn up from £9.79bn reported in 2019, according to the leading survey in the sector.

Highways England to launch £32m stopped vehicle detection procurement

23/03/2020

Highways England plans to launch a £32m tender for stopped vehicle detection (SVD) systems this April, as part of its programme of safety improvements to smart motorways.

Frontline transport and roads staff designated 'key workers'

20/03/2020

Frontline transport and roads staff have been designated 'key workers' by the Government and so can take their children to school after the gates close from 20 March to most of the country.

Transport Scotland tenders for £70m traffic operations deals

20/03/2020

Transport Scotland has published a contract notice for two Traffic Scotland operations and infrastructure services deals worth a total of £70m.

Construction industry sets emergency agenda

19/03/2020

The construction industry has banded together as one to meet the unprecendented challenges posed by the global pandemic and drawn up an action plan with requests to government.

Brown to stay on with Khan at head of TfL

19/03/2020

London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, is to delay his departure for a number of months to continue to lead Transport for London during the coronavirus crisis.

A message from our team

19/03/2020

To all readers and advertisers of Transport Network and Highways Magazine and to all our community: we will get through this.

Firms win slots on £500m 'culverts-to-coastal' framework

19/03/2020

Ten firms have won places on a civil engineering, highways and transportation framework covering most of the South of England worth up to £500m over four years.

RSMA update: marking goes online

19/03/2020

The chief executive of the Road Safety Markings Association, Stu McInroy, has advised members that while there are cancellations to events, webinar or telephone meetings will be available.

IHE update: Events suspended, offices closed but the work goes on

18/03/2020

The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) offices in London and Birmingham have now closed. The institute requests that members get in contact only through email or the website now. 

Barclay says IR35 rule changes 'deferred, not cancelled'

18/03/2020

The Government has postponed changes to the IR35 tax rules for a year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Highways England to keep up the fight

18/03/2020

Highways England has issued guidance to its staff and supply chain as it plans to keep operating the strategic road network as close as possible to 'business as usual' throughout the coronavirus threat.

Construction industry fears over maintaining output

17/03/2020

The construction industry is working with the Government on how best to maintain critical output throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Cold Comfort and Cold Comfort Scotland postponed

17/03/2020

We regret to announce that the winter service conferences Cold Comfort and Cold Comfort Scotland have been postponed, and a new date will be confirmed in due course.

No cause for alarm: Geveko bounces back 24 hours after fire

17/03/2020

A fire on Monday (16 March) morning at road markings company Geveko Markings UK caused extensive damage to a warehouse however no one was injured, and production will continue again on Tuesday.

Construction sector working together during crisis

17/03/2020

Two of the largest construction sector bodies have released a joint statement and initial action plan in response to COVID-19, suggesting it is likely that 'business critical' construction projects will be closed soon.

Little progress on SRN casualty target, new data shows

17/03/2020

Highways England is significantly off track against its key 2015-2020 road safety target, according to data obtained by Highways.

Intertraffic postponed until 2021

13/03/2020

Intertraffic Amsterdam, the largest traffic show in Europe, has been rescheduled from 21-24 April 2020 to 23-26 March 2021.

DfT shelves flagship schemes in RIS 2

13/03/2020

The Department for Transport and Highways England appear to have dropped at least two previously trumpeted major schemes in the second Road Investment Strategy.

RIS 2 drops focus on roads with low safety rating

13/03/2020

The new Road Investment Strategy (RIS) does not include a target to improve roads with a low safety rating, after Highways England admitted that it is likely to miss the target in the current RIS.

Government releases smart motorway action plan

12/03/2020

The much-anticipated smart motorway stocktake has been released by the Department for Transport, including an action plan on how to improve safety on the controversial roads.

New major road network and large local major schemes announced

12/03/2020

The Government has announced the successful major road network (MRN) and Large Local Major (LLM) schemes proceeding to the next stage of development.

Road Investment Strategy 2 published: £27.4bn 2020-2025

11/03/2020

The Government has published the long-awaited Road Investment Strategy for 2020 to 2025 (RIS 2), with a budget of £27.4bn.

Infrastructure sector celebrates Budget windfalls

11/03/2020

Key voices in the infrastructure sector have celebrated an ambitious Budget, which provided a much-needed confidence boost with hundreds of billions of pounds pledged.

Active travel misses out in Budget

11/03/2020

Campaigners have complained that the Government has ducked its responsibilities in active travel in the 2020 Budget.

Budget 2020: Mayoral authorities win big in transport

11/03/2020

The Government has unveiled £4.2bn for urban transport as part of its spring budget giveaways.

Sunak reveals spending spree for first budget

11/03/2020

New chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a Budget to end austerity, boost productivity and tackle the problems created by coronavirus.

Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund

11/03/2020

Flood-hit areas will vie for £200m in funding to improve flood defences, the chancellor has announced in his Budget.

£27bn for national roads and £2.5bn for potholes

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced more than £27bn will now be spent under the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) between 2020 and 2025, as he also pledged an extra £2.5bn for local road maintenance in the Budget.

Breedon celebrates 'excellent' results

11/03/2020

Breedon Group has celebrated an 'excellent performance' in its 2019 full-year results, with its profit before tax jumping by 18% to reach £94.6m.

Balfour continues to enjoy growth with cash surge

11/03/2020

Balfour Beatty has announced a pre-tax profit of £138m, up from £123m in 2018, as it continues to see growth during its 'Build to Last' transformation programme.

Sunak to pledge £2.5bn for potholes

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will pledge an extra £2.5bn for road maintenance in the Budget, in the absence of a National Infrastructure Strategy.

Shapps slammed over safety review hold-up

09/03/2020

Ministers have been criticised for failing to conclude a review of smart motorways that was announced in the Autumn.

Northern Ireland loses road contractors in cash squeeze

09/03/2020

Roads maintenance funding in Northern Ireland has been cut so hard that contractors may have moved away or changed their activities, the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has admitted.

Leeds Regent Street Flyover to be rebuilt

06/03/2020

A key flyover bridge on the inner ring road in Leeds city centre is to be rebuilt in a major £30m project starting in May.

Prince William hits the road with Tarmac

06/03/2020

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge has officially opened Tarmac's industry leading National Skills and Safety Park and even tried his hand at some road paving.

Council leader not that Thankful for new A83 works

06/03/2020

A local council leader has again called for a ‘permanent solution’ to landslips at Rest and Be Thankful on the A83 after the Scottish Government announced new mitigation measures.

Roadside clouds: A sunny forecast for highway safety

05/03/2020

Matthias Jablonowski, global practice lead for roads at Nokia, discusses how intelligent roads can make the world a safer place.

Kier's half-year results reveal £41m loss

05/03/2020

Infrastructure firm Kier made a pre-tax loss of £41.2m for the six months to 31 December 2019 and axed around 420 staff, as it continues to shore up finances and undergo a restructure.

Scottish Government awards £1.4bn trunk road contracts

05/03/2020

The Scottish Government has named its preferred bidders for two trunk road maintenance contracts in the south of the country.

BSI sets the standard for CAV test safety

03/03/2020

BSI has released a new specification setting out minimum requirements for managing safety during development testing and when trialling automated vehicles both on and off public roads.

Life after SCANNER in Bristol

03/03/2020

Shaun Taylor, highway maintenance manager at Bristol City Council, tells Highways about some of the difficulties his authority had using the SCANNER road condition monitoring technology and how moving to new systems can bring benefits.

Keeping up the momentum on roads reform

03/03/2020

Former senior official at the Department for Transport and co-author of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund report A Major Road Network for England, Phil Carey, discusses, what needs to come next for the Government’s major road network.

DfT issues coronavirus guidance for the sector

03/03/2020

The Department for Transport has issued new guidance for transport workers on dealing with COVID-19.

Traffic Signs Manual update published

03/03/2020

The long-awaited revised Chapter 8 Part 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual has been published.

Key highways contractor body folds

03/03/2020

Highways Term Maintenance Association, one of the largest and most significant trade bodies representing highways contractors, has announced it will be wound up.

Council chiefs warn of ‘chronic need’ for bridge repair funding

03/03/2020

Local authority leaders have said there is a ‘chronic need’ for investment in local roads in response to a report on the number of substandard road bridges in Great Britain.

Highways England bridges gap to fix for Nottingham jams

02/03/2020

Highways England is due to start work on Monday evening towards reopen another lane travelling out of Nottingham on Clifton Bridge, although a full re-opening remains some way off.

Ministers 'could stop digging' as A303 tunnel costs rise

02/03/2020

Highways England has described as ‘speculation’ reports that the planned tunnel for the A303 at Stonehenge could be scrapped.

Khan hails 20mph limits as vital step towards zero deaths

02/03/2020

Speed limits of 20mph are now in force across 8.9km of roads within London’s Congestion Charging Zone.

Kier signs up for £150m A585 scheme

02/03/2020

Kier Highways has signed the contract to deliver the £150m A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool scheme for Highways England.

New lighting tech could be the key to cutting roadworks

02/03/2020

Highways England is trialling technology that can detect when lighting on its network has failed, reducing the need for inspections and traffic management.

Government levels down Challenge Fund cash

02/03/2020

The Department for Transport has revealed which councils will receive a share of the latest £93m round of Challenge Fund cash.

Exclusive: Skanska puts infrastructure services business up for sale

26/02/2020

Highways can reveal that Skanska UK is pulling out of highways maintenance market and putting its infrastructure services operations up for sale.

Exclusive: Highways sector forms two tribes in battle to be heard

26/02/2020

The highways sector has been split in two after forming different groupings of major players both trying to create a collaborative central voice to speak to government.

Mott MacDonald goes carbon neutral

26/02/2020

Mott MacDonald group sustainability leader Davide Stronati talks to Highways about how its work to cut its carbon footprint has gone so right.

Collapsible bollards among the recommendations for M4 bottleneck

26/02/2020

Collapsible bollards at a motorway slip road and expanded traffic officer patrols are among the early recommendations of the South East Wales Transport Commission, whose remit is to suggest cheaper solutions to the notorious Newport M4 bottleneck.

GRAHAM gets £40m job on new Harlow junction

26/02/2020

GRAHAM has been appointed as main contractor to deliver the new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow.

Conway wins high-profile job on low-profile bridge

26/02/2020

FM Conway has won a contract to deliver major maintenance works to London Bridge – one of the world’s most famous bridges – although the structure itself is in no danger.

Sort my sign, watchdog tells Highways England

24/02/2020

A new nationwide campaign aims to put pressure on Highways England to improve the quality of its signage and road safety.

Welsh Government sets aside £2m for A465 legal costs

24/02/2020

The Welsh Government has budgeted £2m for legal fees in its wrangle with Costain over the A465 dualling between Gilwern and Brynmawr, the Wales Audit Office has revealed.

Buchanan launches traffic order data open API for ParkMap

21/02/2020

A new off-the-shelf tool that local authorities can use to supply data in a government-agreed format should save taxpayers millions of pounds, according to the firm that developed it.

County council reconsiders ‘blanket’ 20mph limit

20/02/2020

A task group has concluded that North Yorkshire County Council’s proposal to impose a blanket 20mph limit across the county was ‘unrealistic’ both in terms of cost and enforcement.

£1.5m to boost three ITS trials

20/02/2020

Successful bidders from Oxfordshire, York and Bournemouth have won a share of £1.5m to trial innovative transport projects that could help cut congestion and boost safety.

Highways unprepared for digitalisation, survey reveals

20/02/2020

A survey of highways professionals has found the vast majority are sceptical about the industry's ability to adapt to the digital agenda, despite predicting an imminent 'tipping point' for digitalisation in highways contracting.

Insurance: Check the small print (it could cost you millions)

20/02/2020

Paul Verrico, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland, gives an important briefing on insurance and liability.

IHE: Closing chapters but the story continues

19/02/2020

After five years as chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers, Richard Hayes is handing over to Steve Spender, another of its stalwarts. Dominic Browne speaks to these old friends about another chapter in a story that shapes the sector.

The Big Interview with Mott MacDonald's Cathy Travers

19/02/2020

Last summer, Cathy Travers became managing director of Mott MacDonald’s UK and Europe business, making her responsible for more than 7,500 staff and annual revenue over £824m. She talks to Dominic Browne about leading a sector and inspiring her team

The long read: 20 years in ITS

19/02/2020

In the last 20 years, intelligent transport systems (ITS) and smart mobility have changed more than any other aspect of the roads sector. Dominic Browne speaks to some of the most important and expert voices in highways technology about how far we have come and where we might go next.

Experience the benefits of vehicle connectivity at ITS European Congress

19/02/2020

The way connectivity is transforming how we plan and deliver mobility will be discussed in detail at this year’s ITS European Congress in Lisbon from 18-20 May.

Millions wasted as Operation Brock replaced with moveable barrier

19/02/2020

The Government has been criticised for spending tens of millions on Operation Brock on the M20 only to tear it up and replace it with 'a new system' that has been on the market for over a decade and had even previously been used on the same motorway.

WJ continues run of innovation with road stud testing device

18/02/2020

Leading road marking company WJ Group has announced it is set to deliver 'the world’s first accelerated wear testing device for road studs'.

DfT's ministerial line-up announced

18/02/2020

The Department for Transport's ministerial line-up has been announced following the cabinet reshuffle.

Bellwin activated in storm-hit areas

18/02/2020

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.

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Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
£81,495 per annum
We are looking for a highly accomplished, ambitious and determined Chartered Town Planner to join the Growth Directorate’s leadership team. Tameside, Greater Manchester
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Wrexham County Borough Council
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Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£119,940 to £131,935
A decade of investment invites the opportunity of a decade! Kirklees, West Yorkshire
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Kirklees Metropolitan Council
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Brent Council
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