Former Facebook boss joins National Highways


Former Facebook director Diego Oliva has been appointed as a non-executive director of National Highways.

DfT begins council traffic fines roll-out


The first tranche of local authorities in England are set to get new powers to fine motorists for moving traffic violations next month after ministers approved their requests and laid an order before Parliament.

Changes due to signs and devices standard after industry spots errors


The BSI has agreed to make corrections to the BS 8442:2022 standard on Miscellaneous road traffic signs and devices - Requirements and test methods, following concerns from the industry.

Wardrop says emissions cuts 'not a game'


Eurovia’s chief executive has joined calls for carbon modelling to be simplified as he warned against ‘greenwashing’ in the highways sector.

New project aims for digital local roads


A new project is getting underway to analyse the potential benefits of increasing connectivity and the use of digital technology on local roads in England to create ‘digital roads’.

Council urges calm as LTN wars break out


Oxfordshire County Council has urged residents and road users ‘to engage constructively’ with its consultation on trial low traffic neighbourhoods after vandalism costing £12,000 in a month.

Tarmac to end hot mix after 120 years


Tarmac has announced that it is phasing out traditional hot mix asphalt for highways projects after 120 years.

Aggregate Industries hoists the standard for warm mix


Aggregate Industries has transitioned to warm mix asphalt production as standard across its asphalt product portfolio.

National Highways panned over smart motorway secrecy


National Highways has refused to disclose the outcome of a project testing computer analysis of CCTV images for stopped vehicle detection (SVD) on smart motorways - but implicitly conceded the idea is not being taken forward.

National Highways tweaks standards to cut carbon


National Highways can cut the cement content of concrete and reduce its carbon impact by placing more confidence in modern quality control processes, its sustainability boss has told Traffex attendees.

Volker gets rescue job on Brum viaduct


Birmingham City Council has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a £59m contract for strengthening and refurbishment works to the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct, whose current theoretical load capacity has been rated as zero.

Baroness Vere celebrates Traffex and transport opportunities


In her keynote address to Traffex delegates, Baroness Vere said road pricing presented an 'opportunity' and that the loss of fuel duty tax revenue from the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) was an 'undeniable challenge'.

Council ruling 'draws line' on historic bridges debacle


National Highways has been told to reverse highly controversial works to infill a bridge in Cumbria, which it carried out under emergency powers.

Shapps seeks clarity on smart motorway ERAs after rowing back


Grant Shapps has confirmed that National Highways will not provide emergency refuge areas on smart motorways at the minimum spacing recommended by MPs, despite his department stating that it agreed with their recommendation.

Mace's magic wins Stonehenge and Black Cat work


Mace has won a five-year contract to deliver commercial services on two of National Highways’ major projects through its Complex Infrastructure Programme (CIP).

£76m new M11 junction opens early


Civil engineering firm GRAHAM has completed work on one of the biggest highways infrastructure projects in Essex.

Nearly a quarter of drivers admit to idling


More than 20% of drivers admit to regularly leaving their engines running while their vehicle is stationary despite the impact this has on air quality, new research has revealed.

Legacy ALR scheme moves forward


A major phase of the £200m project to upgrade a section of the M6 between Warrington and Wigan to an all lane running smart motorway will be completed this month.

End of EV grant 'could stifle take-up'


Ministers have announced the end of the plug-in car grant to new orders, which it said was to allow £300m to be refocused towards extending grants for other plug-in vehicles.

Catch yourself in a yellow box at Traffex


Visitors to Traffex tried out a traffic monitoring solution for yellow box and other civil traffic infringement enforcement.

New 'contract maturity needed' in world of data currency


A new model of local authority highways contract is needed to take into account the increasingly important issue of data, a key figure in the sector has said.

NWSRG chair: Spreading the word on winter service


The chair of the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG) has celebrated the new organisation's new model, which has boosted membership and opened up collaboration with other sectors.

Infrastructure Bank appoints permanent executive team


The UK Infrastructure Bank has appointed its first permanent executive team, announcing five founding members.

VolkerWessels CEO steps aside to take up chairman role


VolkerWessels UK's chief executive officer, Alan Robertson, is stepping down from his role, and taking up a new position as chairman of the business on 1 August.

Traffex Solutions Showcase: A new journey starts here


For the first time in its storied history, Traffex Parkex is introducing a 'solutions showcase' theatre dedicated to innovative companies and cutting-edge ideas.

Northamptonshire unitaries both select Kier


Both new unitary councils in Northamptonshire have awarded highways term maintenance contracts to Kier, the existing provider under current joint working arrangements.

Traffex: The trading floor of transport is back


The UK’s leading traffic and transport conference Traffex/Parkex is storming back to the Birmingham NEC from 14-16 June, guided by some of the most senior figures in the sector on its steering group and with ministerial support from Baroness Vere.

Scotland transport strategy marks cautious progress on roadbuilding


The Scottish Government has stalled roadbuilding plans in its latest transport strategy while promising to improve public transport and active travel.

Shell unveils new CarbonSink Bitumen


Shell has launched Shell Bitumen CarbonSink, a new bio-component binder that locks carbon into asphalt and bitumen, turning roads into technical ‘carbon sinks’.

SRL launches UK first at Traffex


SRL has announced it will launch a scalable traffic management software platform at Traffex in what is thought to be a first for a UK mobile ITS (intelligent transport system) hire supplier.

Causeway scoops Yotta for £52m


Construction technology provider Causeway Technologies has acquired asset management software firm Yotta, for a cash consideration of £52m.

Reset your satnavs: A14 upgrade is complete


The final construction element of the £1.5bn A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire has opened, bringing to a close the biggest investment in road infrastructure for a generation.

Concrete barriers to boost safety on the M3


National Highways has started work to install a concrete central barrier on a section of the M3 in Hampshire, despite shelving plans to convert the stretch to an all lane running (ALR) smart motorway.

Kelly and Bell lead Queen's Birthday Honours


The top civil servant at the Department for Transport (DfT) heads the list of transport figures recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Top DfT scientist working on evidence base for climate change action


The top Department for Transport (DfT) official responsible for local highway resilience has given an insight into the scientific work the department is doing to tackle climate change.

DfT allocates £161m to keep traffic flowing


Ministers have committed £160.8m to four major road and bridge schemes on the local road network in England.

Ribbon finally cut on £42m Stubbington Bypass after 10 years


A new £42m bypass in Hampshire has opened after ‘almost 10 years in the making’ and 28 months of construction work.

DfT seeks ‘fair' moving offence enforcement


The Department for Transport has issued statutory guidance for local authorities outside London on applying for and using civil enforcement powers for bus lane and moving traffic contraventions.

Scotland's Low Emission Zones await enforcement


Low Emission Zones have been formally introduced in Scotland’s four main cities but will not be enforced for up to two years.

Five Bills, one Charles, and one Elizabeth line


Marie-Claude Hemming, director of operations at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, discusses the opportunities for the construction industry in the Queen’s Speech, as well as the challenge of rising costs.

Road casualties rise as traffic returns


There were an estimated 1,560 deaths on British roads last year, as traffic levels recovered from significant falls in 2020.

Freight and coach managers 'unsatisfied' with SRN performance


Just under half of freight and coach managers are satisfied with England’s strategic road network.

New consultation for £500m A358 scheme


National Highways has launched a supplementary consultation for its scheme to upgrade the A358 in Somerset.

Spaghetti Junction's 50 birthday celebrations get cooking


As part of the Spaghetti Junction's 50th anniversary celebrations, National Highways has teamed up with Birmingham architects to restore the original model for the famous structure.

National Highways names preferred bidder for £1.25bn Stonehenge scheme


National Highways has selected the MORE joint venture as its preferred bidder for the £1.25bn contract for the tunnel and main construction work for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme at Stonehenge.

National Highways clarifies SVD retrofit pledge


National Highways has insisted that it will have stopped vehicle detection up and running across its smart motorway network by its September target, despite recently suggesting that it would count schemes where the technology is still being calibrated.

Oxbotica on the long road to self-driving


Self-driving car developer Oxbotica has completed what it says is the first ‘safe and sustainable’ deployment of a zero-occupancy, fully autonomous vehicle on publicly accessible roads in Europe.

Khan consults on ULEZ expansion


A consultation has been launched on plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to cover almost the whole of London.

National Highways launches new asset management strategy


National Highways has launched an updated asset management policy designed to create a 'single approach' for England's strategic roads operator and its supply chain.

Silvertown traffic claims lead a merry Dance


Transport for London (TfL) has sought to distance itself from its own modelling of the impact of the Silvertown tunnel, which contradicts claims that both TfL and City Hall have made that the scheme will not increase traffic and carbon.

Crews restore key road after blaze in just 48 hours


Road crews in Lincolnshire took just over 48 hours to restore a stretch of the A16 that melted in a lorry fire.

Shapps gives go-ahead to £150m M25 scheme


Grant Shapps has given National Highways the formal go-ahead to start work on a major scheme on the M25, having delayed his decision since December.

First A47 improvement opens


The first in a series of major improvements to the A47 in the East of England has officially opened.

'Missing' Junction 2 on M55 comes into view


National Highways has released new aerial pictures showing the ‘missing’ Junction 2 currently being built along the M55.

NWSRG and Highways launch the National Winter Service Survey


Please take just five minutes to fill out 10 multiple choice questions so we can understand what issues winter service professionals face and how NWSRG can support your work better.

Leeds flyover re-opens after £31m refurb


The Regent Street Flyover carrying the A64 through Leeds city centre has fully re-opened after a two-year project costing £31m.

Brett takes the chair at RSTA


Kiely Bros contracts director Keith Brett has taken over as chair of the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA).

National Highways admits room for improvement on SVD


National Highways will look to upgrade its stopped vehicle detection technology on smart motorways after it recently failed to detect stationary vehicles before two serious crashes and already plans to upgrade one of the earliest installations of the technology.

Cold Comfort: UK's leading winter service event boasts top line-up


Taking place next week, Cold Comfort 2022 will feature cutting-edge presentations from experts working in a fast-moving winter service and resilience sector in a rapidly changing climate.

New inspections regime to put utility companies under spotlight


Utility companies could be hit with more financial penalties for poor quality reinstatement works, under a planned law change announced by the Department for Transport.

Shapps backs M25 Junction 10 revamp


Grant Shapps has given the formal go-ahead a major upgrade to the M25 interchange with the A3 at Junction 10, Wisley.

New emulsion sprayers bring UK-first for safety


Kier Highways Solutions will be taking delivery of four new road emulsion sprayers in time for the surface dressing season.

Robo Street Sweeper takes to the roads


Chinese autonomous vehicle company WeRide is running a huge road test of its Robo Street Sweeper, the country’s first mass-produced and purpose-built self-driving sweeper.

Worker killed on roadside in Scotland


A road worker has been killed and four colleagues injured after they were hit by a car on the grass verge of the A82 at Dumbarton in Scotland.

Smart motorways update shows progress but concerns remain


A new National Highways report on smart motorways details further improvements to the controversial roads but reveals that all lane running (ALR) schemes still raise safety concerns.

Newbridge secures cash for Storm Christoph repair


The Welsh Government has awarded Wrexham Council £2.8m to repair a key road that was severely damaged by Storm Christoph last year.

Traffex Parkex charity cycle for better mental health


In support of mental health awareness week (9 – 15 May) the team behind the UK’s leading transport media and conference brands – Traffex Parkex, Highways Magazine and Transport Network - will be holding a charity static cycle in their offices.

National Highways hails M6 disappearing act


National Highways has successfully removed one of two old bridges across the M6 at Junction 10, as part of a £78m upgrade.

Queen's Speech: Procurement reform, levelling up and Great British Railways


The Queen's speech outlined the Government's plans to reform procurement law and establish the UK Infrastructure Bank in legislation with objectives to support economic growth and the delivery of net zero'.

Garvey makes Conway comeback in double appointment


FM Conway has announced two new appointments to its senior leadership team.  

Analysis: Rapid cost increases turn the screw on engineering


Transport infrastructure contractors and clients alike are battling the impacts of rapidly rising costs. Rhodri Clark reports on the difficulties and coping strategies.

Econ on the move in Sowerby


Econ’s new depot and workshop facility in Sowerby, near Thirsk in Yorkshire, is a tour de force of productive investment, a testimony to what the company means to the community it serves so well, and to what the community means to the company.

National Crash Demonstration Day: Q&A with Andy Pledge


Andy Pledge of the Retroreflective Equipment Manufacturers Association (REMA) speaks to Dominic Browne about the National Crash Demonstration Day taking place on 6 July.

Virtual test leads to bridge lift success


Skanska has released a timelapse video of the installation of a new 92-tonne bridge on the M42 in the West Midlands, as part of a £282m upgrade.

Shortlist for £2.7bn Birmingham PFI revealed


A shortlist of two bidders has been revealed for the restructured £2.7bn Birmingham highways PFI contract.

Council blocks scrutiny over bizarre £7m contract roll-over


Greenwich Council has refused to disclose why it has handed out a £7m contract without a competitive tender and has blocked scrutiny of the move.  

A66 scheme runs into consultation trouble


Lawyers have criticised National Highways over an alleged lack of transparency in its consultation process for the huge A66 dualling scheme.

Liverpool reform programme ‘at risk’


Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has agreed to let commissioners at Liverpool City Council delay their latest report amid their warnings that plans to turn the council around are in the balance.

Foster Contracting passes baton to fifth generation


UK-based road and runway maintenance specialist Foster Contracting has appointed the great-great-grandson of the founder as its new managing director.

Highways specialist Barber moves to Keltbray


Keltbray has appointed Tim Barber as project director for its Highways Division.

New trial to crack down on 'rowdy' motorists


A new trial to help local authorities tackle loud engines and exhausts on Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by the Government.

RAC warns against 'hasty' e-scooter legalisation


Grant Shapps has indicated that he plans to lift the ban on privately owned e-scooters, with legislation expected in the Queen's Speech in May.

IHE provides winter service accreditation for decision makers


The UK only accredited course for winter services decision-makers and managers launches in May.

£60m Derby link road will reach Infinity


Derby City Council has approved formal collaboration with two other authorities to secure £50m of central government cash towards a major road scheme.

Shapps pleads ignorance on refuge areas


Grant Shapps has told MPs that he does not know whether National Highways includes slip roads within its definition of emergency refuge areas (EAs) for the purpose of providing a minimum spacing on smart motorways.

Supply chain lead times reaching 12 months, industry warns


The Roads and Highways Industry Forum (RHIF) - an alliance of industry bodies - has highlighted ongoing supply chain issues, stating that lead times for some parts have reached 12 months.

UK's first autonomous bus (running late) starts road trials in Scotland


The UK’s 'first full-sized autonomous bus' will take to the roads in Scotland this week as live testing begins for project CAVForth.

Spencer Group bridges a gap with cantilever walkway on cantilever bridge


Bridges specialist Spencer Group is to cantilever a temporary walkway off the side of what is itself a historic cantilever bridge while it carries out major deck replacement works.

Derbyshire spends big on both 'strategic and non strategic' works


Derbyshire County Council has awarded Aggregate Industries a contract worth £6.5m to carry out resurfacing work over the next year and is seeking bidders for further work worth a total of £24m.

Kier to fill in £460m missing link on A417


National Highways has awarded Kier a £460m contract to design and deliver a ‘landscape-led’ upgrade to the A417 between Gloucester and Swindon.

West Sussex launches county-wide speed limit and safety review


West Sussex County Council has launched a county-wide road safety review, including looking at speed limits and traffic management.

England facing traffic light repairs backlog of over £80m


A major survey has revealed that the traffic signals maintenance backlog in England could total more than £80m and cost authorities over £6m annually in fault repairs.

Combined authority Tees up new tunnel


Officials at Tees Valley Combined Authority are to carry out a study into the possibility of building a road tunnel connecting Hartlepool and Redcar under the River Tees.

Wiltshire puts market on notice for £300m contract


Wiltshire County Council has published the contract notice for a new highways term maintenance deal that could be worth up to £300m over 10 years.

Riders at the ready for the Highways Awards


The free online submission process has opened for the 2022 Highways Awards, featuring an exciting new category.

Instarmac wins Queen's Award for international trade


Instarmac Group plc has received the esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022, in honour of the Staffordshire-based manufacturer's outstanding overseas trading activities.

From isolation to collaboration: Arup's new adventures in immersive design


Engineering and consulting firm Arup has launched ExperienceLab - 'a unique immersive facility that allows groups of designers, clients and stakeholders to step inside and move around virtual representations of their plans'.

WSP secures £2.2m deal to advise National Highways on net zero plans


WSP has won a £2.2m contract to advise National Highways for the next two years on the delivery of its net zero commitments.

ADEPT publishes 'invaluable' live labs report


The ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs Programme has published its final programme review, which highlights the successes and difficulties experienced by the trials over nearly three years.

Highway Code changes to support self-driving cars


The slow pace of transition to self-driving has again been highlighted after ministers confirmed changes to the Highway Code to cover ‘the first wave’ of the technology, nearly a year after a consultation.

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Senior Engineer (Assets and Design) – Structures

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Senior Engineer (Highways Development Control)

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Network Coordination Assistant

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