DfT's Steve Berry says 'we need a sector deal'


The Department for Transport is working to develop a ‘sector deal’ including pin-pointing partnerships with industry on sector specific issues such as skills, supplies, R&D, collaboration and efficiencies.

RIS delays 'not acceptable', CIHT chief says


A key industry figure has rebuked Highways England for moving improvement schemes in the first (2015-20) Road Investment Strategy (RIS) back into the second RIS.

The Insider: Martin Duffy talks...innovation


Has 'innovation' simply become a meaningless buzzword? Martin Duffy – director of D2M2 - discusses how we can make real change happen.

Book your place at the Highways Awards


Table booking for the Highways Awards on 9 October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London is now open, and with demand higher than ever this year you should book now, not later.

O'Sullivan hits back at smart motorway critics


Highways England is ‘struggling to understand’ the recent controversy over the safety of all lane running ‘smart motorways’, its chief executive has said.

Liverpool splashes the pennies for £280m highways works


Liverpool City Council has announced the firms that have won places on its new Highways Planned Works Framework, which is valued at £280m.

Edinburgh mulls camera mix after average speed success


Police Scotland is considering 25 locations in Edinburgh for speed camera enforcement following the success of the country’s first urban average speed camera.

Lincolnshire to hand out £762m highways contracts


Balfour Beatty, Colas and WSP are set to scoop highways services contracts for Lincolnshire County Council worth a combined £762m over a potential 12 years.

In memoriam: telent CEO Mark Plato


It is with great sadness that Highways reports the death of telent CEO, Mark Plato.

RSMA conference line-up revealed


The Road Safety Markings Association Annual Conference will take place on 21 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.

The long read: Improving the world of infrastructure with Mace


Dominic Browne looks at Mace's Insights 2019 report and speaks to Sean Gray, its director of transportation, global projects and infrastructure.

MPs call for a ban on pavement parking


The Government should introduce an outright ban on pavement parking across England, MPs have said today in a new report.

TfL to roll out 20mph limits in central London


Transport for London is set to take forward plans to lower speed limits on its roads across central London.

Brexit helps kick VAT reverse charge down the road


The Government is to delay the introduction of the domestic reverse charge for construction services for a year.

£60m FM Conway win extends one of the oldest partnerships in the business


FM Conway has re-secured a contract worth up to £60m with Merton Council to deliver highways works and services, extending their long-term partnership for at least the next seven years.

Zenzic launches UK Connected and Automated Roadmap 2030


The 'world's first' roadmap to getting driverless cars onto public highways has been unveiled by a government and industry partnership.

Treasury promises 2019 answer on delayed Stonehenge and Lower Thames funding


The Treasury has promised a funding announcement on the A303 Stonehenge and the Lower Thames Crossing works by the end of the year, after failing on its pledge to give an answer in the Spending Round. 

Public to trial driverless pods in London


Driverless pods are this week transporting members of the public around London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with visitors able to test out an innovative mobility service.

Profiled centre lines 'could cut crashes'


Road marking specialist WJ Group has highlighted the potential for new types of profiled marking products to improve the safety of single carriageway roads by providing an audible and sensory warning on centre lines.

Government still working towards fully driverless trials


Ministers have announced plans for a new assurance system covering the development, testing and eventual sale of driverless cars.

Kier Highways boss steps down after inspiring career


Kier boss Dave Wright is stepping down as part of sweeping changes at the top of Kier Highways.

Scottish trunk road procurement heads for final phase


Final tenders for the first of the next generation Scottish trunk road contracts, worth a total of £1.4bn, are expected by the end of the year.

Leicestershire deal another string to Thomas' Bow


Civil engineering and surfacing firm Thomas Bow City Asphalt has secured a £36m framework contract to deliver road repair works across Leicestershire.

TfL completes the list of MRN bids with £375m ask


Transport for London has revealed the final bids in this round of the major road network competition, putting 10 schemes in the running for a share of the £3.5bn up for grabs from 2020-2025.

Big Interview: Balfour Beatty's Phil Clifton on becoming digitally-enabled


Phil Clifton is managing director of Balfour Beatty’s highways business. He talks to Dominic Browne about building a digital-enabled offering for the modern market.

Highways England reworks plans for £250m Arundel bypass


Highways England has released a further set of options for the £250m Arundel bypass scheme, after having to withdraw its previous preferred route.

Transport East gets roads cash bids under the wire


The emerging sub-national transport body for the East of England has submitted bids for a share of £3.5bn for local roads of the National Roads Fund.

A better bolt-on: Link road for £262m brownfield scheme approved


Bolton Council has given the go-ahead to a £12m link road in Horwich as part of a £262m regeneration project.

MPs call for switch to warm mix to cut costs and emissions


Highway authorities could be saving millions and reducing CO2 emissions if they switched to warm mix asphalts on road construction and maintenance, MPs have said.

Councillor eyes 'traffic light free Hereford'


A senior county councillor is in discussions with Highways England about removing traffic lights from two major junctions in Hereford as a step towards making the whole city traffic light-free.

Pay up or miss out, government suppliers are told


New regulations have come into force that could see contractors banned from applying for large government contracts if they don't make prompt payments to their supply chain.

Cities make business case for £1.5bn air quality fund


Leaders of cities with illegal levels of air pollution are calling for the Government to boost spending on air quality, arguing that a fund of £1.5bn could generate up to £6.5bn in returns.

Report finds a way through TRO landscape to help cut jams


An alliance of councils and mapping experts is playing a key role in Government plans to open up data around Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to help cut jams caused by roadworks.

Widow to sue Highways England over smart motorway safety


The widow of a driver who was killed in a crash on a smart motorway is to sue Highways England for corporate manslaughter, it has emerged.

Public urged to sign up, drop in as main works start on £5m scheme


Highways England will begin main construction works on a £5m project to transform one of the busiest junctions along the A585 in Lancashire on Saturday.

Econ at 50: True grit and laser accuracy


It's not rare for the people of Yorkshire to hit half centuries, but it is always worthy of celebration. Econ Engineering - the UK's most popular gritting manufacturer - has reached this milestone in style and shows no signs of slowing down.

Drivers are 'sitting ducks': 17 minutes to spot live lane breakdowns


Highways England's control centres can take an average of 17 minutes to spot a broken down vehicle in a live lane of an all lane running ‘smart’ motorway when Stationary Vehicle Detection (SVD) systems are not in place.

Highways England leads by example with project manager development


Association for Project Management (APM) is working with the major projects profession team at Highways England to help develop its project professionals.

Yes you Khan: Sadiq puts Cycleway 4 in gear


Kier's Cycleway 4 project team has hosted a visit from London mayor Sadiq Khan after he fast tracked the delivery of the works.

Midlands launches £600m call for roads cash


The sub-national transport body for the Midlands has submitted 11 priority road improvement schemes for a share of £3.5bn government cash.

Bristol mulls charging CAZ as its pollution options fall flat


Bristol City Council has been forced into developing stronger measures to tackle air pollution, including charging private cars, after it became clear its preferred options ran a serious risk of being unlawful.

Steep rise in drink driving deaths prompts calls for action


Motoring groups have called for tougher action on drink driving after new statistics showed a 25% increase in related fatalities since 2015.

Liverpool takes 'hyper-sensitive' approach to flyover destruction


Work to demolish the Churchill Way flyovers in Liverpool will get underway next week using what the council called an ‘innovative methodology’.

Road works to go open data to avoid jams


The Government has announced plans to open up road works data to help drivers avoid traffic jams.

TfL to develop 'world leading' traffic management


Transport for London has awarded a contract to develop 'world leading' traffic control centre software more capable of handling the wide range of data on the modern road network.

TfL accused of 'manifestly erroneous' assessment of Silvertown bids


Transport for London's procurement of the £1bn Silvertown tunnel was 'flawed, in breach of the principles of equal treatment […] and manifestly erroneous', according to the legal case brought by rival bidders.

Comment: Changing the rules of procurement


Our broken transport project procurement processes are stifling innovation – to thrive we urgently need change, argues Dan Harvey, executive director, UK transport at Ramboll.

Rumble strips should be used on single carriageways, TRL says


Transport research experts have called on Highways England to extend the use of raised rumble strips to its single carriageway roads to improve safety.

Networks run the world: ADEPT puts traffic management in control


The inaugural National Traffic Managers' Conference from council directors' body ADEPT is taking place on 3 October this year at Welford Road Stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers. Just as wider social, economic and technological changes play into their hands, ADEPT is leading traffic management out of the wings to take centre stage.

McCann: 'We all have a responsibility to safeguard the skills'


Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm, McCann, has an employment strategy based on continuous up-skilling and investment in the next generation, which it argues is the key to industry future proofing.

Birmingham seeks £85m interim highways contractor


Birmingham City Council’s highways PFI vehicle has launched a search for a subcontractor to operate and maintain the city’s roads for a 15-month period in a deal worth up to £85m.

South West STB make case for share of £3.5bn roads cash


The South West peninsula’s regional transport body has submitted a list of nine high-priority road improvement schemes for a share of £3.5bn government cash.

TfN submits £700m proposals for National Roads Fund


Transport for the North has submitted bids worth £700m to the National Roads Fund, including 12 schemes for the major road network and four for the large local majors.

The Insider: Martin Duffy talks...Income and outgoings


Martin Duffy, who moved on from Kier as collaboration and improvement director this summer and jointly set up highways and engineering consultancy D2M2, gives his expert, no holds barred, opinion on life building the open road.

VAT on earth is going on?


Richard Croker and Jon Hart from award-winning infrastructure law firm Pinsent Masons LLP consider a major change coming down the line in relation to VAT, which could have significant ramifications for highways contractors and subcontractors alike.

Making the switch to electric: A soft top lover's story


Sophie Service tells of her somewhat intermittent but ultimately successful search for a cabriolet electric car that she could afford.

Analysis: Asset management and active travel


Andy Pickett, senior asset management consultant at Hyperion Infrastructure Consultancy and member of the UK Roads Liaison Group's Footways and Cycleways Management Group, discusses the role of the highways code of practice in increasing active travel.

Highways England gives food banks a tonne of help


People working for Highways England have donated more than a tonne of food and other items to food banks helping tackle the effects of austerity.

Javid announces £600m housing infrastructure winners


Five councils will share £600m government cash for highway and other infrastructure to support the delivery of up to 50,000 new homes in high demand areas.

Bristol unveils Cumberland Basin options


Bristol City Council has unveiled three different design concepts for the transformation of the road network at what it calls ‘an iconic waterside gateway’ to the city.

Keyline plants its flag in a corner of Widnes


Civils specialist builders’ merchants Keyline has moved its Warrington branch to Widnes after outgrowing the old location.

Labour slams Shapps over road safety and says ORR 'falling short'


Labour has criticised both the transport secretary and the strategic roads regulator for not ensuring that Highways England delivers on its pledge to improve roads with a poor safety rating.

Kier reaches safety milestone on smart motorways schemes


Two Kier Highways all lane running smart motorway projects have worked over one million hours without a reportable injury.

New £9m Essex roundabout 'will save lives'


A new roundabout in Essex that aims to improve safety and reduce the number of incident-related delays has opened after the cost of the scheme tripled.

M8 Charing Cross tunnel to become 'icephobic'


Scotland TranServ will install a new 'icephobic' coating on the M8 Charing Cross tunnel to help tackle the potential for icicles in extreme weather.

£120m 'hamburger' plan to replace Liverpool's Queens Drive Flyover


A £120m plan has been announced to demolish Liverpool's dilapidated Queens Drive Flyover and replace it with a new dual lane tunnel and a major redesign of the city's busiest junction.

Highways England hails M1 safety week success


Highways England is planning to roll out a safety initiative across its motorway network after hailing the success of a week of action on the M1.

2019 Highways Awards finalists revealed


With so many categories receiving a record number of entries our team of expert judges certainly had their work cut out this year.

Autonomous, virtual and mixed reality: The academic adventures of HORIBA MIRA


As HORIBA MIRA celebrates three years since the launch of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research (CCAAR) partnership with Coventry University, Highways reporter Emma Greedy spoke to research and future transport technologies manager at HORIBA MIRA, Anthony Baxendale.

Two councils call on Shapps to block Cambridge-Oxford Expressway


Two district councils have written to the new transport secretary objecting to the multi-billion pound Cambridge to Oxford Expressway scheme and calling for the money to be spent on rail instead.

Highways England firms up £400m plans to improve concrete roads


Highways England is consulting the market on works worth up to £400m under the National Concrete Roads Improvement Programme.

England's 700,000 potholes on Grand Canyon scale


New research suggests around 700,000 potholes and road defects were reported in the last year across England - creating a total depth of around 28km, equivalent to 15 times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Northamptonshire repairs backlog ‘spiralling out of control’


Northamptonshire’s highways repair backlog could be spiralling out of control and increasing by more than half a million pounds a week, according to the famous 'Mr Pothole' and another informed roads campaigner.

MPs suggest ban on ‘hands-free’ phone use


Influential MPs have called on government to consider a ban on using 'hands free' phones while driving to prevent ‘entirely avoidable’ road deaths.

Council shelves £129m bypass schemes, citing 'climate emergency'


Herefordshire County Council has shelved plans for a £129m bypass for the city of Hereford and a further link road to the south of the city.

The Traffex trading bounce: 2019 visitors do millions in business


The 'trading floor of transport' as Traffex is known has once again provided a massive economic boost for the sector with delegates doing deals worth many millions over the three days this spring.

Ringway Jacobs and the Etnyre Chip Spreader: A match made for Buckinghamshire


Rosemary Bryant, customer and communication manager at Transport for Buckinghamshire, discusses the new plant and successful partnerships that are helping the county improve the maintenance of its roads this year

The start of a beautiful friendship


Mark Fisher, framework manager for the joint venture Breedon Bow Highways Limited, talks to Dominic Browne about this recent collaboration between Breedon and Thomas Bow.

Materials testing in the digital world


Highway Data Systems, the company behind an award-winning automated quality assurance system, is helping materials testing go digital through its eLoad+ solution.

WSP wins £1m research deal with Highways England


WSP has won a £1m contract from Highways England to research how the national roads operator can better align its programmes with other national and regional transport bodies.

Highways England trials rubber asphalt


Highways England is funding trials into Tarmac's new asphalt mix, which uses crumb rubber from recycled tyres.

Councils make £1.6bn from motorists fines a year


Councils fined motorists £1.6bn last year –equivalent to £200,000 an hour – it has been reported.

ORR rows back on backing for Highways England safety approach


Highways England’s regulator has backtracked on its claims that the Government-owned company had ‘demonstrated that it is applying an evidence-based approach’ to improving safety.

‘Excellent performance’ wins Balfour Beatty £34m Warwickshire extension


Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded a one-year extension worth £34m on its Warwickshire highways maintenance contract.

New 7km dual carriageway opens in Northern Ireland


A new 7km section of dual carriageway on Northern Ireland’s key A6 route has opened to traffic.

Johnson and TfL accused of 'censorship' on Silvertown carbon


Transport for London has been accused of burying climate change and pollution issues during the Silvertown Tunnel approval process, in breach of promises made by Boris Johnson.

Nordic keeps its cool to clean up chemical spill


Mark Readman, highway services manager at Durham County Council, recounts how a local supplier devised a cool way to clear up a potentially hazardous chemical spill.

FM Conway racks up M2 super stats


FM Conway proved the efficiency of its in-house asphalt delivery on a recent resurfacing of the M2 motorway in Kent - making short work of laying 5,575m2 with both binder course and surface course, and a further 19,660m2 of surface course only.

VINCI UK’s boss steps down


Bruno Dupety has resigned as the chief executive and chairman of VINCI Construction UK but will act as a consultant to the company from August onwards and remain involved in a few major projects.

Wokingham relief road secures £24m from DfT


Transport minister Baroness Vere has announced a £24m investment in Wokingham for the new 2.3 km Arborfield Cross Relief Road, which will link the A327 Reading Road to the A327 Eversley Road.

Clearview Intelligence to open Insight Hub at new headquarters


Cleaview Intelligence has announced the creation of an Insight Hub at its new headquarters in Milton Keynes to provide an interactive demonstration ground and modern meeting area.  

New and improved with Exactrak


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is one of the youngest authorities in the country having only been established in April, but it has not been wasting any time getting ahead on winter service with the help of Exactrak.

AECOM starts ground investigation work for Lower Thames Crossing


Infrastructure services firm AECOM has started work on a major programme of ground investigations and surveys along the 14.5 mile route of the planned Lower Thames Crossing.

Worst motorway service stations revealed


Transport Focus has unveiled its Motorway Services User Survey - rating and ranking the nations best and worst.

Highways Heroes: Keyline rally hits the heights


A classic car continental adventure led by civils specialist builders merchants Keyline in aid of Prostate Cancer UK has raised nearly £120,000 in a year as it reached its 10-year milestone.

Amey seeks consistency after £428m loss


Amey UK Plc has posted a loss of £428m for 2018 after extricating itself from the controversial Birmingham Highways PFI.

Highways England and Network Rail 'should do more on pollution'


City region transport bosses have called on ministers to make ‘five practical policy changes’ to help them improve air quality, including requiring government transport bodies to do more.

Pinch Point cash could fund sustainable transport schemes


The Department for Transport has published guidance to help councils apply for a share of nearly £350m to improve local roads.

National Infrastructure Commission releases procurement assessment tool


The National Infrastructure Commission has released an updated framework to support a cost benefit analysis of different private finance and traditional procurement models.

Plastic waste trialled in hand lay (and footway) reinstatements


A major utility company is trialling the use of plastic waste in footway reinstatements.

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Senior Traffic Engineer

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
£32,029 - £34,788 per annum
Currently seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to manage our Traffic Team. East Riding of Yorkshire
Recuriter: East Riding of Yorkshire Council


Derbyshire County Council
£22,628 - £24,455 per annum
Two posts have become available in the Council's Highways Development Control Section Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Head of Network Planning

Derbyshire County Council
£52,999 - £58,310 per annum
This is a key role at Derbyshire County Council that will lead the strategic and operational planning and management of... Matlock, Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Senior Parking Manager

Brent Council
£55,638 - £58,779 p.a. inc.
As Senior Parking Manager, you will be responsible for the effective management of the Council’s Parking Services contract, and... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Group Engineer (Highway Design)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£39,782 to £43,757 plus £3,000 Market Rate Supplement
Are you an experienced engineer looking for an opportunity to improve the lives of the local people of... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer (Highways Network and Asset Management)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£39,782 to £43,757
Looking for a Group Engineer who already has... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Validation Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£21,188 - £29,796
Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Ugobus Driver (multiple positions)

Essex County Council
Up to £18938 per annum
Please note that we have permanent, fixed term and relief contract opportunities on a part time, job share and flexible working basis. The salary is u England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Principal Transport & Infrastructure Planning Officer

Essex County Council
£52000 - £57570.0 per annum
Please note this is a two year fixed term contract with a potential for extension, subject to budget and workload. Job purpose Calling all transport P England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Food Safety Environmental Health Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£36,630 to £42,490
Seeking a highly motivated and experienced Environmental Health Officer to join our busy Food Safety team. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Policy Planner

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£25,327 - £36,486 depending on skills and experience
We have an exciting opportunity within the Spatial and Transport Planning service for 2 x Policy Planner roles... London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Highways Inspector

Cambridgeshire County Council
£19,554 - £23,836
Looking for candidates who have experience of highways maintenance and have a sound technical understanding of highways. Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Street Services Recruitment Day

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Competitive Salary
This role involves collecting residents and business wheelie bins and waste containers you will work as... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Assistant Tree Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£25,880 - £27,904
Looking for an assistant tree officer to join a busy Tree Section working with the most up to date arboriculture equipment’s and IT resources.  Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Traffic Officer

Bedford Borough Council
£23,313 - £26,999 per annum
You will work as part of the Highways team providing specialist knowledge and advice on traffic management issues. Bedford, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Bedford Borough Council

Senior Design Engineer - Guildford

Surrey County Council
£39,438 - £43,744 per annum
An opportunity has arisen within Surrey County Council's Highway Design & Delivery Team... Guildford, Surrey
Recuriter: Surrey County Council

Director of External Operations

Somerset West and Taunton Council
Somerset West and Taunton Council has been through a transformation that puts customers at the heart of everything we do. Taunton, Somerset
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Zero Emissions Network Officer

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
£33,759 - £34,986
We are looking for an enthusiastic Zero Emissions Network Officer Tower Hamlets, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

Contract Supervisor

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£31,013 - £36,486 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
The role of Contract Supervisor (Waste and Street Cleansing) will require you to support ambitious plans to provide services for residents Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Flood Risk Manager

Birmingham City Council
£43,662 - £54,574
The role requires the post holder to be the lead professional for the Authority’s Flood Risk Management and drainage function Birmingham, West Midlands
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