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Interserve subcontractors 'won't lose out from administration'

22/03/2019

Interserve’s subcontractors will not be affected by its ‘pre-pack administration' last week, a minister has told MPs.

Safety warning over timber salt domes

21/03/2019

Alan Sheen, director of Eurodome Ltd, highlights a recent incident that operators of timber salt storage domes should take note of.

Expert advice to Aggregates Levy review lacks binding element

21/03/2019

The Treasury has published the framework for its review of the Aggregates Levy.

Kier makes first half loss of £35m

20/03/2019

Kier has announced a pre-tax loss of £35.5m for the first six months of this financial year.

Traffic Signs Manual: Signs of improvement

20/03/2019

As the Department for Transport publishes most of the long-awaited revision of the Traffic Signs Manual, Simon Morgan of Buchanan Computing and chair of the Institute of Highway Engineers Traffic Signs Panel gives readers chapter and verse.

Infrastructure review seeks better private finance model

19/03/2019

The Government has published a consultation on how best to support private investment in infrastructure, including an alternative to PFI.

Major partnership has its name in lights

19/03/2019

SWARCO and SRL Traffic Systems have agreed a significant new collaboration in the VMS industry.

SWARCO celebrates its 50th with big splash at Traffex

19/03/2019

SWARCO is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a range of new product launches at Traffex and Parkex, where it will bring all of its portfolio of solutions together in one place for the first time in the UK.

A highways trailblazer

19/03/2019

Meg Bailey, trainee site supervisor at FM Conway, explains her journey into the highways sector and how more young men and women can be encouraged to take up on-site roles.

Going forward: Norman sets out plans for urban mobility

19/03/2019

Ministers have announced a ‘review’ that will pave the way for transforming the way people and goods move around our cities, alongside £90m to ‘test ideas’ to improve journeys.

Kier announces new chief executive

19/03/2019

Kier Group plc has announced the appointment of Andrew Davies as its chief executive from 15 April 2019.

Shell launches new greener asphalt technology

19/03/2019

Shell has launched a new bitumen product to help reduce the impact of asphalt production and paving on local air quality.

Interserve taken over by creditors

15/03/2019

Interserve has been taken over by its lenders after it collapsed as a public company.

Brexit and construction downturn put Dawnus out of business

15/03/2019

Troubled construction firm Dawnus Group has gone into administration.

Charging interest

15/03/2019

Local authorities must be given financial and regulatory freedoms to advance the roll out of EV infrastructure in a way that advances inclusive growth, argues Localis’ Joe Fyans.

Become a lifesaver with Kier at Traffex

15/03/2019

Join Kier Highways on its journey to create an industry of lifesavers at Traffex 2019.

Highways England moves forward with A417 upgrade as cost falls

14/03/2019

Highways England has announced its preferred route for the ‘Missing Link’ upgrade to the A417 in Gloucestershire, having shaved £50m off the cost.

Council insists it’s ‘business as usual’ at Mersey bridge

14/03/2019

Halton Borough Council has insisted it is ‘business as usual’ at the Mersey Gateway despite a tribunal decision that the bridge’s crossing charge is 'not a tolling scheme’.

Council hits back as abandoned diggers left at roadworks

13/03/2019

Manchester City Council has hit out at the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ of workers who dumped diggers in the middle of traffic works over a dispute over alleged non-payment.

What goes around: AGD acquires Radix

13/03/2019

ITS product manufacturer AGD Systems Limited has acquired Radix Traffic Limited as part of its ‘ambitious’ plans for growth.

Public Health England moots road pricing to tackle pollution

13/03/2019

Low emission zones and road pricing deliver the highest public health benefit of transport interventions aimed at tackling the effects of air pollution, the Government’s own advisers have said.

CIHT Review on improving local roads: First results revealed

13/03/2019

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation has released initial findings from its survey into ‘Improving Local Highways’.

Mott MacDonald and Microsoft to form 'smart infrastructure platform'

13/03/2019

Mott MacDonald and Microsoft have teamed up to create a cloud-based smart infrastructure platform that will use 'asset performance modelling, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence'.

Balfour profits up, debt down in 2018

13/03/2019

Balfour Beatty has announced a 5% increase in pre-tax profit alongside a cut of more than 40% in its gross debt.

MPs to investigate road safety as progress flatlines

11/03/2019

The Commons Transport Committee is launching an inquiry 'to scrutinise the Government’s approach to road safety' over concern that progress on the issue has levelled off.

Councils set for £1bn parking income

11/03/2019

Latest trends suggest councils in England could be set for a £1bn parking income by the end of the decade.

Traffex 2019 looks to the future of mobility

08/03/2019

Traffex 2019 will take visitors through a virtual time machine visualised by partners Costain and Mott MacDonald.

Skanska set to bag £282m junction deal

08/03/2019

Skanska looks set to secure a £282m contract to upgrade the M42 at Junction 6 near Birmingham, according to reports.

International Women’s Day: Equality means meritocracy

08/03/2019

Alison Waterworth, rail project manager at Mott MacDonald, on why equality is good for business. 

Drivers still ignoring red X's as Highways England awaits green light on cameras

07/03/2019

New research from the RAC has found that more than a fifth of motorists have driven in a lane closed by the red X sign in the past year.

MP opens Eurovia’s £7m Thurrock PMB plant

07/03/2019

Eurovia has launched a new, highly automated production plant in Grays, Thurrock, which aims to produce materials that prolong the life of highway assets and cut transportation costs.

Highways England announces £2.8m electric vehicle deal

06/03/2019

Highways England has awarded two contracts worth a total a £2.8m to install 50 electric vehicle charging points across the country over the next nine months.

Costain CEO steps down

06/03/2019

Costain has announced Andrew Wyllie CBE is stepping down as CEO after 14 years.

DfT proposes five-year guarantee on street works

06/03/2019

A longer guarantee on street works and new asphalt standards are among the proposals from the Department for Transport as part of an update to the street works code.

London buses kill or seriously injure four a week

06/03/2019

A transport union has demanded that mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London improve the safety of the capital’s franchised bus services after 45 people were killed and 1,017 seriously injured over five years.

£116m Leeds road scheme seeks community help for tree planting

05/03/2019

Leeds City Council is calling for volunteers to help restore trees removed under a major road improvement project.

CO2 emissions lowest in a century

04/03/2019

The UK's CO2 emissions are the lowest in more than a century; however transport is failing to pull its weight, according to a new report.

Cyclist pothole costs 25 times higher than driver claims

04/03/2019

Pothole compensation claims cost councils 25 times more per cyclist than for motorists, according to new research.

Northern Ireland adds new bus lanes to key motorways

04/03/2019

New hard shoulder bus lanes will begin to operate on Northern Ireland's M1 and M2 motorways next Monday (11 March) following the completion of a £4m scheme.

A-One+ celebrates 2 million hours of safe working

04/03/2019

Roadworkers on motorways and major A roads in Kent and Sussex have achieved more than two million hours without an accident.

£62m Worcestershire bypass gets green light with govt funding

01/03/2019

Roads minister Jesse Norman has approved almost £55m for a new dual carriageway connecting the M5 to the west of Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

A fond farewell, and a warm hello

28/02/2019

Highways says goodbye to Neil Levett and hello to Mr Neil Levett of Highway Care.

AECOM appoints Southwell as Civil Infrastructure MD

28/02/2019

AECOM has appointed Mark Southwell as managing director, Civil Infrastructure for the UK and Ireland.

Winter: It ain't over till it's Cold Comfort

28/02/2019

Registration is now live for both Cold Comfort 2019 and Cold Comfort Scotland 2019 – Transport Network’s annual winter maintenance conferences.

Ferrovial slashes Amey's sale price by £660m

28/02/2019

Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial has slashed the sale price of Amey by £660m leaving it valued at £88m.

Legal: Deal or no deal?

28/02/2019

Ahead of exit day, Jon Hart, Alastair Dale and Katie Sewell, from award-winning infrastructure law firm Pinsent Masons LLP look to answer a few questions and come up with practical points as to what – possibly – Brexit may mean for industry stakeholders

Balfour Beatty fined over worker's death on bridge project

27/02/2019

Balfour Beatty Group has been fined £600,000 after a worker was fatally injured on a construction site in Scotland.

MPs want clarity over Stonehenge tunnel and Lower Thames Crossing

27/02/2019

MPs have called for clarity over funding for two major road projects after the Government confirmed that the schemes ‘sit outside’ the second Road Investment Strategy.

TfL releases new guidance on safe and inclusive roadworks

27/02/2019

Transport for London has released a new guidance handbook on safe roadworks following the successful prosecution of Cadent Gas for a series of unsafe works.

Road trials put to extra tests before 2020 start

25/02/2019

The first UK road trial of line marking products and studs in over a decade will now take place in July 2020, in order to provide a more 'robust' timescale for the complex project.

Highways England warns of distraction risks of M25 Heathrow tunnel

25/02/2019

Highways England has called for changes to Heathrow’s plans to build its new runway over the M25, including addressing the risk that aircraft will distract drivers.

'Seismic shift' drives a new, quite special Traffex

25/02/2019

Traffex19 at the NEC in Birmingham is all about the future: of mobility and the road space; of the way transport is funded and operated; and of the people who will lead those changes.

Construction moots post-Brexit plan as skills gap ‘keeps bosses awake’

25/02/2019

The UK construction industry has called for an agreement with government on how to maintain access to migrant workers to give the sector ‘the breathing space to adapt’ post Brexit.

Red light spells danger: Colas signposts sector to safety innovation

25/02/2019

Colas has hailed an ‘ingenious’ safety innovation that beams a red danger zone around its biggest paving machines.

Bristol council misses second clean air plan deadline

22/02/2019

Bristol City Council has missed its second deadline for publishing its clean air plan due to concerns it would have an ‘adverse impact’ on low income groups.

Long read: The missing links of the MRN

21/02/2019

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released maps of the major road network (MRN) to sub-national transport bodies (STBs) in advance of scheme bids being handed in this summer.

Local heroes Conway to blitz Kent's potholes in £1.5m deal

21/02/2019

Kent County Council has awarded FM Conway a two-year contract to provide surface repair services through the council’s ‘pothole blitz’ initiative.

'Much needed and long-awaited' AWPR opens as row rumbles

21/02/2019

The delayed Aberdeen bypass has fully opened, despite an ongoing row between the Scottish Government and the contractors on the project.

Arch enemy of M6 upgrade to bite the dust

21/02/2019

Highways England will close the M6 for around 18 hours next month to take down an arch bridge standing in the way of an all lane running scheme.

Talking Transport: How to get the most out of Traffex

21/02/2019

In a Talking Transport podcast special, the team looks ahead to the event and discusses how you can get the most out of it.

Jones Bros 'cements reputation' with on-site soil stabilisation

20/02/2019

Civil engineering firm Jones Bros has used 'an innovative soil stabilisation method' to minimise disruption on a highways scheme in Wales.

Did you see the Zebra crossing?

20/02/2019

Infrastructure services firm FM Conway has installed new three-dimensional road markings on a zebra crossing in London to get drivers to slow down.

Access all areas: EEH's Martin Tugwell on regional transport

20/02/2019

A conversation with England's Economic Heartland programme director Martin Tugwell about maintaining a complex balance between partners, priorities and transport modes on a regional level.

Black Cat junction to go triple deck under £1.4bn scheme

20/02/2019

Highways England has announced its delayed £1.4bn plans to improve the Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet route, which includes one of the East of England’s most congested junctions.

Lord warns 'deadly' street design is increasing vehicle speeds

20/02/2019

The average speed of vehicles using a shared space in London has increased by 5mph over the past six years, new figures have revealed.

Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill

18/02/2019

Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham after years of legal difficulties, according to reports.

DfT confirms £23m for Plymouth link road as costs widen

15/02/2019

Chris Grayling has confirmed Government funding of £22.5m towards the Forder Valley Link Road in Plymouth, whose cost has risen by nearly a third in the last year.

Traffex looks to next generation with Futures Day launch

15/02/2019

This year Traffex - one of Europe’s largest highways and transport technology shows - has given a special focus on the next generation of engineers and innovators.

New slimmer barrier gets to work in Wales

15/02/2019

The first installation project has been announced for a new HC350 concrete barrier, which offers a narrow footprint of 350mm.

Highways England revises smart motorway delivery

15/02/2019

Highways England has announced changes to the delivery of its a smart motorway programme, including delays to works on the M56 near Manchester Airport and the M6 between Warrington and Wigan, as well as wider technical changes.

'Devastating and needless': Drink-drive deaths hit eight-year high

15/02/2019

Road deaths involving drink-driving incidents are at their highest level since 2009, according to official estimates.

'Proven track record' helps GRAHAM scoop Chelmsford job

15/02/2019

GRAHAM has scooped a design and build job worth over £13m linked to a new housing development in Chelmsford.

Sweco brings in two star signings

14/02/2019

Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco has made two star signings to its transport team, as the business looks to deliver new growth across the Midlands and North of England.

Q and A: In the NIC of time

14/02/2019

Ahead of the WIG Infrastructure Conference | A cross-sector perspective in March, the not-for-profit Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG) spoke with Philip Graham, chief executive of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Counties get £157m from Housing Infrastructure Fund

14/02/2019

Ministers have confirmed funding of £102m towards Cumbria County Council’s plans for the Carlisle Southern Link Road.

Graham picked for big ticket Little Hadham bypass scheme

14/02/2019

Hertfordshire County Council has picked GRAHAM as the preferred contractor for a £30m bypass and flood alleviation scheme.

The magnificent seven: Spencer Group applies £10m Forth Road Bridge fix

13/02/2019

High-level bridge works specialist Spencer Group has delivered a complex £10m project to maintain the structural integrity of the Forth Road Bridge.

Galliford Try hit by new £26m loss on AWPR

13/02/2019

Galliford Try has written off a further £26m from the delayed Aberdeen bypass and signalled that its losses on the project could be higher.

Pothole compensation 'costs councils nearly £3m a year'

13/02/2019

Councils paid £2.8m to drivers for damage caused by potholes in 2017/18, according to new figures.

WJ safety strategy nominated for two awards

12/02/2019

The WJ Group is celebrating being shortlisted for two awards on the back of one submission for its proactive approach to raising safety standards in its industry.

Kier appoints health and safety specialist to new highways role

12/02/2019

Kier Group has appointed Steve Crofts as its head of safety, health and environment (SHE), a newly created role at Kier Highways.

Solution to £8bn cost of congestion 'needs to come from city halls'

12/02/2019

Drivers in the UK lost an average of 178 hours a year due to congestion in 2018, costing £7.9bn, according to the latest data from INRIX.

Battery impact considered as part of zero emissions plans

12/02/2019

The Government has carried out research into greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and 'the emissions from battery production' as part of its plan to phase out petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

Highways England 'ready' for drone threat

11/02/2019

Highways England has insisted that it has robust processes to deal with individuals deliberately disrupting the strategic road network (SRN) and other unplanned events following the Gatwick drone incident.

Bidding opens on £20m future roads fund

11/02/2019

Entries have now opened on two competitions supported by a £20m fund to find the UK's most innovative ideas in how to 'revolutionise' roads and driving.

Powerful Kier film tackles mental health wellbeing

07/02/2019

Kier Highways’ mental health wellbeing campaign “Safety in Mind” is gathering pace with the release of a series of videos examining the pressures and dangers road workers face.

Gatwick plans robot valet parking

07/02/2019

Gatwick Airport plans to trial a robotic valet car parking system later this year and has put in a planning application to Crawley Borough Council for the necessary structures.

Highways England goes back to market on Stonehenge and Lower Thames Crossing

07/02/2019

Highways England has launched a new market engagement process for its flagship multi-billion schemes on the A303 around Stonehenge, and the Lower Thames Crossing.

In conversation: Politics, policy and projects

06/02/2019

Chris Ames talks to Graham Atkins of the Institute for Government about whether it is possible – or even desirable – to take the politics out of infrastructure planning.

Highways England seeks bids for £330m East region construction framework

06/02/2019

Highways England is seeking bidders for up to 14 places on a construction works framework for its East region worth up to £340m.

We'll be back: ARNI sees the future of bridge surveys

06/02/2019

Amey Roads NI has used scanning technology to complete surveys of bridges on Northern Ireland’s strategic road network, saving money and time, and keeping roadworkers safe.

Ministers hail taxi charge point cash

06/02/2019

The government has awarded more than £6m to support ultra-low emission taxis across the country, with a further £14m in support for hydrogen refuelling.

Highways England announces simulation and visualisation project

06/02/2019

Highways England and the Transport Systems Catapult are looking for a visualisation and management platform to support operational decision making for incident management. The

DfT set to allow fully driverless cars on UK roads

06/02/2019

The Government is to develop a process to support ‘advanced trials’ of autonomous vehicles, bringing the possibility of driverless cars without a safety operative being tested on UK roads a small step closer.

'Strong strategic case' for Grayling's A27 dualling scheme

04/02/2019

A controversial study ordered by Chris Grayling during the 2017 General Election campaign has found ‘a strong strategic case’ for large-scale improvements to the A27 east of Lewes in Sussex, despite an existing £75m package.

Norman hails ‘Burkean moment’ in transport

04/02/2019

Transport minister Jesse Norman has warned that ‘we have no time to lose’ as emerging technologies bring the chance to mitigate the mixed legacy of the 20th century motoring boom.

DfT confirms Treasury will need to pay for Stonehenge and Lower Thames Crossing

04/02/2019

The Department for Transport has confirmed it expects to receive billions in cash from the Treasury under the next Spending Review to pay for the Stonehenge tunnel and associated works on the A303, and the Lower Thames Crossing.

Asphalt sales remain calm before expected rise

01/02/2019

Asphalt sales saw a slight increase in 2018, although the industry is expecting sales to surge in the next few years as Highways England's Road Investment Strategy hits full speed. 

Comment: Using our influence to change driver behaviour

31/01/2019

James Haluch managing director for highways at Amey, asks: How do we tackle motorists’ nonchalant attitude towards safety when it comes to roadworks?

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