National Highways secures £50m digital transformation partnership


Digital services provider Version 1 has been named as National Highways' 'strategic long-term partner for managed services and collaboration'.

Comment: The Highways Act (Amendment) Bill - reasonable versus possible


Highway consultant and chartered Civil Engineer Clive Hall discusses the potential impact of the Highways Act 1980 (Amendment) Bill.

DfT calls on Treasury to bring Network North cash forward


The Department for Transport (DfT) is in negotiations with the Treasury over bringing forward a promised £8bn of ‘additional’ cash over the next nine years, a top official has revealed.

In memoriam: Anthony Morter


It is with great sadness that Highways reports Anthony Morter Hon.FIAT, the former company secretary of the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT), has passed away.

Marlborough sets sail in Greenwich


The Royal Borough of Greenwich has awarded Marlborough Highways a comprehensive highways term contract.

Council parking income set to top £2bn


English Councils received nearly £2bn in income from on and off-street parking in 2022-23, but paid out nearly £1bn in running and enforcement costs.

DfT trickles out cash for Hammersmith Bridge fix


The Government has given Hammersmith and Fulham council nearly £3m to provide a new cycle lane on Hammersmith Bridge but funding for a £250m permanent repair appears to have stalled.

£55m slice of Cumberland sausage for local firm


Cumberland Council has awarded a local firm a three-year resurfacing contract valued at up to £55m.

DfT warns councils over resurfacing cash plans


One in seven eligible highway authorities in England have failed to publish resurfacing plans by the Government's deadline.

National Highways presses on with A303 works


National Highways has started preliminary work on its £2bn A303 Stonehenge tunnel scheme.

Green Liverpool projects win European funding


Greening projects designed to complement new active travel routes in Liverpool will be funded by a European climate grant worth almost £80,000.

Council responds to ‘Daventry Banksie’ pothole complaints


West Northamptonshire Council has responded to an anti-pothole protester with a computer-generated image of a roadside sign laden with song titles.

Kier apologises over Zephaniah mural error


A council contractor has apologised after painting over a mural of the late poet and Peaky Blinders star Benjamin Zephaniah in central Birmingham.

Patchy mobile signal could leave drivers empty at the EV pump


Britain’s patchy phone signal coverage means drivers of electric vehicles could fail to ‘fill up’ at thousands of chargepoints, new research has found.

New concrete sensors use 'enhanced AI' to predict strength


Tarmac has launched a new system of digital sensors to optimise concrete mixes, lower carbon emissions and reduce on-site construction time, using 'AI-enhanced' analysis.

All Roads Lead: Episode 5 ALARM Special


The All Roads Lead podcast speaks to Rick Green of the Asphalt Industry Alliance and Malcolm Simms of the Mineral Products Association about this year's ALARM survey results.

Kier mobilises for £225m Somerset 'refresh'


Kier Transportation’s new £225m highways maintenance contract with Somerset Council has now begun, with many existing staff transferring to the new provider.

DfT stalls moving traffic enforcement roll-out


The Department for Transport (DfT) has shelved the further roll-out of powers for English councils to enforce moving traffic violations.

NEPO launches free survey procurement framework


The North East Public Buying Organisation, NEPO, has launched a free highways procurement framework for infrastructure survey solutions.

Newcastle moves cycle barriers that blocked disabled access


Newcastle City Council has agreed to move a set of barriers after a disabled cyclist raised concerns that the design constituted indirect discrimination as it blocked his access to a cycle path.

Four-year restoration works begin on iconic Tyne Bridge


Engineers have begun a £41m four-year project to restore the iconic Grade II listed Tyne Bridge.

Northumberland protects against active landslip on B6344


Northumberland County Council and principal contractor Bam Nuttall have completed engineering work on time and within budget to help safeguard against an active landslip.

Breedon buys Midlands outfit Phoenix Surfacing


Construction material giant Breedon Group has acquired Phoenix Surfacing - an independent, multi-disciplined, surfacing contractor based in the Midlands.

Mabey helps remove the doubt on M25 works


A monitoring system from Mabey Hire has produced an M25 success story – preventing congestion from unplanned closures by getting real-time data to decision-makers.

Full Traffex programme goes live: 100 speakers, 5 CPD-accredited stages


Traffex – the UK’s leading road maintenance, traffic management and road safety event – has unveiled a packed conference programme for 2024 with over 100 speakers across five CPD-accredited stages.

Oxfordshire signs first scheme under new 'brownfield fund'


Oxfordshire County Council is the first local authority to secure project funding through Homes England's Brownfield, Infrastructure and Land (BIL) Fund.

Operation Brock goes live in preparation for Easter rush


Operation Brock is in force for the Easter bank holiday getaway, as National Highways lifts more than 850 miles of roadworks.

14-month long major works on M4/M5 open in time for Easter


Work to improve safety on the M4 and M5 around Bristol is nearly complete, with roadworks on the M4 set to be removed ahead of the Easter getaway, National Highways has said.

RAC Foundation/ADEPT: Record result in UK bridges poll


The latest RAC Foundation 'state of the nation' bridges survey has recorded the lowest proportion of substandard bridges since the poll began in 2016.

Norfolk caught in bitter battle over bats


A council leader has launched a bitter attack on Natural England after the environment watchdog effectively blocked a £274m road scheme due to its impact on bats.

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £38m Kent viaduct project


Kent County Council has appointed VolkerFitzpatrick to design and build a highway crossing over a rail line and river near Canterbury.

BANES council extends VolkerHighways deal


Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES) has extended its highways and street lighting maintenance contracts with VolkerHighways until 2029.

In search of lost time: M25 delay estimates don't add up


National Highways' formal appraisal of its flagship M25 Junction 10 scheme significantly understated the impact and cost of delays during construction, a Highways investigation suggests.

Finalists named in national road safety challenge


National Highways has revealed the finalists in a competition to find new ways of managing hazards on its network better.

All Roads Lead: Episode 4 Budget Special


The All Roads Lead podcast speaks to Heather Jameson, editor of The MJ and one of the foremost commentators on all things local government, about the financial outlook for councils in the wake of the spring budget.

DfT hands councils £38m for road safety


Ministers have announced £38.3m to improve the safety of 17 high risk local roads in England, taking the spending under the Safer Roads Fund beyond the £175m originally pledged.

Highways Presents Re-flow: Taking digital collaboration to the next level


Highways speaks to Mike Saunders, CEO and co-founder of Re-flow, about the future of digital working in the roads sector. He gives expert insights on new ways to use data to better collaborate with supply chain partners and clients, the AI revolution, and which should come first - the data or the dream.

Core wins A-star for safety frame


Core Highways has launched an innovation that could dramatically reduce the risk of injury to workers handling A-Frame signs.

National Highways' chief strategist to headline Traffex


National Highways’ chief customer and strategy officer, Elliot Shaw, will present the opening keynote address at this year’s Traffex, which takes place at the CBS Arena in Coventry in May.

Unprecedented M25 closure completes bridge demolition ahead of schedule


Balfour Beatty and National Highways re-opened the M25 ahead of the advertised time on Sunday following the first full closure of a section of the motorway since it opened.

Winners of £40m signals cash announced


The Department for Transport has published the list of 80 councils sharing £40m to upgrade traffic signals.

Booking now open for historic IHE Presidential Event


Booking is now open for the Institute of Highway Engineers's (IHE) prestigious Presidential Event - an evening of grandeur and celebration within the historic walls of Stirling Castle on Friday 21 June 2024.

ALARM 2024: Record £16.3bn backlog reaching 'point of no return'


The carriageway repair bill for local roads in England and Wales has reached a record high of £16.3bn – double the promised £8bn funding uplift from the Government.

DfT's Plan for Drivers gets into gear but public unsure of direction


A Department for Transport review of low traffic neighbourhoods has found little evidence of widespread opposition to LTNs, despite the Government's rhetoric.

Essex plans to bring more maintenance oversight in-house


Essex County Council is planning to bring more highways maintenance in-house when procurement for a new contract starts next year.

Shropshire tenders relief road build at £110m


Shropshire Council has admitted it has had no official communication from the Government to support its expectation that a controversial new road will be ‘fully funded’, as it tendered its construction with a price estimate of £110m.

UK Roads Board chair warns financial uncertainty 'incredibly challenging'


With no government funding outlined for post-2025, the chair of the UK Roads Board has warned that financial uncertainty is making asset management 'incredibly challenging'.

Norfolk seeks bidders for £600m highways deals


Norfolk County Council has begun market engagement for three highways term contracts worth a total of £612m.

Balfour sees revenue rise but profits fall


Balfour Beatty has announced a ‘solid performance’ find 2023, with increased revenue but reduced profits.

'Smarter not harder': National Highways trials 'intelligent compaction'


National Highways has trialled a new ‘Intelligent Compaction’ technology that tests whether the road's foundations have the required strength.

Return of the white water lilies? Fresh work to boost biodiversity


National Highways is helping fund a major Devon County Council scheme to de-silt a lake within a Site of Special Scientific Interest alongside the A38. 

M25 sees more J10 disruption with full closure


The M25 will be closed for a full weekend for the first time ever from Friday as part of National Highways’ £317m M25 Junction 10 scheme.

LTNs 'popular and effective', leak reveals


Low-traffic neighbourhoods are popular and effective, a leaked report from the Department for Transport has found.

Value test for A66 scheme after DCO backed


The transport secretary has granted planning permission for National Highways’ £1.5bn A66 Scheme, but the project is rated as poor value for money and faces a further review of its business case.

Trial seeks clear view of road stud's potential


Clearview Intelligence, in collaboration with the WJ Group, has begun live road trials on a new ‘click-in, click-out’ solar road stud.

Frustration as Griffiths quits bypass job


Alun Griffiths has walked away from an £89m bypass project at Banwell in north Somerset only a month after the council was cleared to issue compulsory purchase orders and let the contractor on site.

DfT bats away concerns over networks policy


The transport secretary has laid a revised policy statement on national road and rail networks before Parliament, providing a new framework for government to decide on English development consent applications.

Pothole repair robot passes first road test


An autonomous highways repair robot has passed its first test outside of a lab environment in Hertfordshire, the county council has announced.

Q&A: Challenges and opportunities for SRN electrification


In the run-up to Evex, the EV charging conference co-located with Traffex, Highways speaks to Liz Garlinge, strategic customer projects director at National Highways about the challenges and opportunities for SRN electrification.

Budget: Trailblazer devo deal for North East


The North East has secured a trailblazer devolution deal that could provide a package of new funding potentially worth more than £100m, chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced in his Budget.

Budget reaction: 'The general election will be crucial for infrastructure'


The 'place' and infrastructure sector has expressed dismay at the chancellor's latest Budget, suggesting that more long-term funding is desperately needed.

Chancellor Hunt makes productivity push


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled a Budget with little respite for local government but demands for increased public sector productivity.

Transport misses out in Spring Budget


With attention focused on tax cuts, Jeremy Hunt said almost nothing about transport spending in his Budget speech, while Treasury documents suggest a watering down of commitments to local roads.

Signals cash announcement waits for green light


The Department for Transport is due to publish a list of councils that have won a share of £40m of new money to upgrade traffic signals by the end of March.

Hunt confirms fuel duty freeze and wider energy investment


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has once again frozen fuel duty for 12 months - a move that has been a staple of Conservative governments since the start of the coalition.

Under new management: The NWSRG and its Practical Guide


The National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG) has been restructured and is starting a review process of its national guidance – the Practical Guide. With the support of Cold Comfort, which will host a gap analysis debate on the current chapters, the steering group and its associate members are setting a new course in climate resilience. Dominic Browne reports

Sunderland autonomous shuttle prepares for launch


Self-driving shuttles have arrived in Sunderland and are set to transport passengers around the city this spring.

Comment: Norse gives sector 'real alternative'


Norse Group CEO Justin Galliford introduces the company's re-structure and re-brand - a new set of values to a major partner in local government.

Thermal Road Repairs becomes first SME with carbon accreditation


Thermal Road Repairs has gained PAS 2080 accreditation for its carbon management system – thought to be the first SME in highways to do so.

Unlocking potential: The benefits of joining the National IHE Council


Ross Bullerwell, managing director at Real Highways, discusses his journey to the IHE Council from trepidation to celebration and the immense pride that comes with the role.

Shropshire throws cash at NWRR as costs soar


Shropshire Council has agreed a further £17m capital funding for its Shrewsbury North West Relief Road (NWRR) as the controversial scheme faces a new threat of legal action.

Aggregate Industries talkin' bout cold mix evolution


Materials supplier Aggregate Industries has launched its onsite asphalt material, Foamix Eco, which it says can achieve carbon neutral status.

Update: 15 March deadline for publishing resurfacing plans


UPDATE: The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that councils have until 15 March to publish resurfacing plans on their websites, following the Network North plan, which pledged £8.3bn over the next decade for local roads.

EMCC realises 'dream' of sterile work environment on fast roads


A longstanding 'dream' of providing workers on fast roads with a 'safe and sterile' work environment has been realised through a new Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) standard.

We need to talk about hands-free


Police officers are being encouraged to make drivers aware of the safety risks of using hands-free mobile phones at the wheel, based on the findings of new research.

IHE Council nominations now open


The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) has recently opened nominations for several vacancies available on its National Council.

More police forces join safety camera trial


A National Highways trial of new mobile technology to detect when drivers are using mobile phones or not wearing a seatbelt is being rolled out across the country.

Guidance published for local bids to £20m ITS cash pot


The Department for Transport (DfT) has released guidance to help English local authorities and the supply chain with bids to win a share of the £20m Intelligent Traffic Management Fund (ITMF).

Exclusive: One million hours of delays in six months - M25 scheme impact revealed


New data obtained by Highways shows the impact of the £317m M25 Junction 10 scheme, with vehicles delayed by nearly a quarter of a million hours in just one month.

£4.7bn local transport cash to support 'smaller cities and towns'


Local authorities in the North and Midlands have a year to prepare plans for a £4.7bn Local Transport Fund, which is mainly capital funding and can be used for road schemes.

IHE and Highways magazine sign new Professional Development Partnership


Highways magazine and the Institute of Highway Engineers have signed a new Professional Development Partnership (PDP), strengthening their longstanding relationship at the heart of the sector.

Swindon dims 18,000 lights to save 25% on electric bill


Swindon Borough Council has announced plans to dim around 18,000 street lights from this week, to achieve up to 25% savings in electricity.

Bizarre turn: DfT keeps 'transparency' plans private


The Government has adjusted the timetable for local authorities to publish resurfacing schemes on their websites following the Network North plan, which pledged £8.3bn over the next decade for local roads.

National Highways celebrates High Court Stonehenge scheme win


National Highways has won a legal judgement in the High Court over the secretary of state for transport’s decision to grant the Development Consent Order for the A303 Stonehenge scheme.

Transport secretary names new National Highways chair


Sir Gareth Rhys Williams has been appointed by the transport secretary as the new National Highways chair.

Government wins in Court of Appeal on £450m worth of schemes


Court of Appeal judges have given the go-ahead on development consent orders (DCOs) for three National Highways schemes potentially worth a total of £450m. 

£100m M27 scheme at risk


A proposal to revamp junction 10 of the M27 in Hampshire to support the Welborne Garden Village development is under threat due to escalating costs.

Visitor registration is now open for Traffex


Free visitor registration is now open for Traffex, the UK’s leading traffic and transport event, taking place on the 22-23 May 2024.

Hill and Smith: 200 years of engineering history


Hill and Smith PLC celebrates its 200th anniversary this year - a huge landmark for perhaps the most historic and certainly one of the most important companies in the highways sector.

RSMA signs 'Fairness, Inclusion and Respect' partnership


The RSMA has become the first highways trade association to sign a formal partnership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School under the industry-wide Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) programme.

Scottish Government leads stellar Cold Comfort Scotland line-up


This April, the Scottish Government will be headlining Cold Comfort Scotland, the country's leading winter service and climate resilience conference.

Traffex: A festival of traffic and transport


The UK’s leading traffic and transport event is moving to the CBS Arena in Coventry this May and co-locating with a feast of partner conferences to give the sector everything it needs all under one roof, every year.

All Roads Lead podcast: Contract leagues special


A very special episode of the Highways Magazine podcast All Roads Lead, as we reveal the Top 10 contractors in our contract league for 2023. Who won the most value in their order book? Have a listen and find out.

Robotic dog used to hunt down geotechnical surveys


National Highways is trialling a robotic dog as part of survey work alongside its South West road network.

Sheffield to spend £1m CAZ funds on air quality


An estimated £1m raised through Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone will be used to improve air quality near schools, the city council has said.

Harris leads anti-littering campaign to address 'social problem’


National Highways has launched a 'long-awaited' campaign to highlight its work to deal with litter dropped along its network as it faces a trial in September over the issue.

ORR opens full investigation into National Highways after 'recurring issues'


The roads monitor has opened up a wide-ranging investigation into National Highways' performance, which it says has dipped in a number of areas.

National Infrastructure Commission to investigate connected and autonomous mobility


The National Infrastructure Commission is launching a study on connected and autonomous mobility (CAM), with a focus on improving road safety and accessibility and reducing congestion.

Comment: HS2 barrier operations target efficiency and safety


Anna Blake, marketing manager at barrier provider Solar Gates UK, discusses the operational support solutions the firm has provided for the mammoth HS2 project.

Unlock potential of frameworks, CECA boss says


The chief executive of UK’s Civil Engineering Contractors Association has warned that contract frameworks are not being used to their full potential to boost collaboration and productivity in the sector.

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