Metro mayors to be handed powers over key roads


Metro mayors could be handed more powers over important roads in their areas, under plans announced by Government today.

Campaigners win Stonehenge High Court battle: Judge quashes DCO


The High Court has quashed transport secretary Grant Shapps' Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Stonehenge Tunnel - handing campaigners a major victory in their bid to end the project.

Councils told to give cycling schemes time or face losing cash


Local authorities must leave experimental active travel measures in place for long enough to be properly assessed, or they will lose out on future cash, the Government has warned.

Highway Code changes to create new road user hierarchy


Planned changes to the Highway Code will create a new 'hierarchy of road users' and give greater cyclist and pedestrian priority at crossings and junctions, the Government has announced.

TfL celebrates £25m landmark for lane rental scheme


As Transport for London's lane rental scheme approaches a decade of operation, the capital's transport authority celebrated the £25m it has raised for 79 projects to improve roadworks.

TfL plans congestion charge changes to boost night time economy


Transport for London has launched a consultation on plans to drop the congestion charge in the evening 'to support London’s recovery'.

Plan for EVs or face blackouts, MPs warn


MPs have warned of a potential ‘not spot lottery’ for electric vehicle charging and called for a clear policy framework to ensure that industry can deliver the vehicles and infrastructure required to phase out conventionally powered cars and vans.

DfT funds eHighways study


The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded funding through Innovate UK to a consortium to lead a major UK study on the electrification of long-range lorries using overhead wires on motorways.

Costain gets digital after second A1 win


Costain has pledged to deploy digital tools to improve productivity after being appointed by Highways England as the delivery partner for a second major upgrade on busy sections of the A1 in the North East.

Highways workers scale Abbey Craig to re-open Stirling route


A key route in Stirling has re-opened after workers scaled the rock face of a spectacular local landmark.

Access guides 'take guesswork out of journeys'


Highways England has partnered with accessibility information provider AccessAble to produce access guides for motorway services.

Comment: Highways England must do more for road users and taxpayers


Chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road, John Larkinson, discusses the recent annual assessment of Highways England's performance and its areas of concern.

Government successfully defends RIS 2 from legal challenge


The Government has successfully defended its £27bn plans for Highways England's second Road Investment Strategy from a High Court legal challenge after the judge dismissed an application for a judicial review.

MRN funding for £37m Norfolk bypass


Ministers have allocated £26.2m of major road network (MRN) cash towards the planned A140 Long Stratton Bypass.

National roads review to begin later this year


The Government's promised review of its national roads strategy will begin later this year and is scheduled to be completed no later than spring 2023.

British road signs star in New York exhibition


The distinctive iconography of British road signs will be featured as part of an exhibition at the world-famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York this summer.

Harris corrects evidence to Transport Select Committee


Highways England’s acting chief executive has had to write to the MPs to correct his evidence about the time it takes for a stationary vehicle on a smart motorway to be spotted.

Highways England may have to reverse bridge infill


Highways England has been told that it will need to apply for planning permission for controversial works it has carried out to infill a bridge in Cumbria if it intends the work to be permanent.

Transport body ready to 'think differently' due to remote working


A sub-national transport body has said the legacy of COVID-19 could transform capacity on the roads in its region, removing around one in nine peak hour vehicles.

Transport Scotland looks to more commercial future for EV charging


Transport Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust have published a new report on expanding its public electric vehicle charging infrastructure, calling for a more commercial landscape with greater private sector input.

Multevo aces the test in Shropshire


Kier and Shropshire Council have appointed Multevo to tackle potholes in the country following a series of trials.

Greenwich borrows to invest in LED switch


The Royal Borough of Greenwich has awarded FM Conway a six-year contract to provide street lighting and maintenance services, including replacing around 20,000 street and park lights with LED lanterns.

Council steps up security after LTN vandalism


Lambeth Council has been forced to install security measures after vandals targeted its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes.

Smart motorway probe delayed while DfT stalls on reports


A parliamentary inquiry into controversial smart motorways has been held up as key evidence is held up with the Department for Transport.

Heatwave causing roads to melt 'like chocolate'


Councils have been forced to take emergency action after the heatwave caused some roads to melt in the sun.

Smart motorway scheme delayed for stopped vehicle detection tech


Highways England has further delayed the opening of an all lane running smart motorway scheme to install stopped vehicle detection (SVD) technology on the M27, with the scheme now not due to open until next spring.

Highways England decarbonisation plan: '2040 net zero road maintenance and construction'


Highways England has published an ’ambitious’ new decarbonisation plan that it said will see it ‘rapidly’ cut carbon from road construction, maintenance and operations, and support the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Khan boosts scrappage scheme by £5m in run-up to ULEZ


London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced another £5m for a scrappage scheme to help those on low incomes or with disabilities ditch polluting vehicles for cleaner models.

Only a minority of the public think roadworkers are protected


Only a minority of the British public think enough is being done to protect road workers, a survey by pollsters YouGov has revealed.

Key smart motorway reports held up in DfT


The Transport Select Committee has not received key evaluation reports on ‘smart motorways’ as part of its inquiry into the controversial roads, as publication is being held up in the Department for Transport (DfT).

Highways England makes slow start on RIS 2


Highways England is off to a shaky start in its delivery of the second Road Investment Strategy, with planning delays creating risks to the delivery of the programme, according to the Office of Rail and Road.

Hammersmith Bridge to re-open to cyclists and pedestrians


Hammersmith Bridge is to re-open at 9am on Saturday to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic, after a long-running closure.

CECA and DfT sign delivery partnership deal


The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has signed a partnership agreement with the Department for Transport to support 'the optimal delivery of infrastructure investment across Britain'.

Thames Crossing funding still opaque as new consultation launched


The roads regulator has criticised Highways England for failing to quantify the impact of delays to the Lower Thames Crossing on its budget for the current Road Investment Strategy.

Highways Presents: Hardstaff Barriers and the future of vehicle restraint systems


Highways editor Dominic Browne talks to Sarah Compton, Highways Account Manager, and Nigel Bullock, Solutions Manager, at Hardstaff Barriers, discussing everything from an overview of the national market, the shift from steel to pre-cast concrete, LEGO, driverless cars, Brexit transition, FREE masterclasses and much more! One not to be missed.

£1.4bn road spend 'could prevent 11,000 injuries'


A new study has calculated that investment packages totalling £1.4bn could prevent over 11,000 fatal and serious injuries on the roads over the next two decades.

County to get new powers to tackle illegal parking


The Government has approved Oxfordshire County Council's plan to take responsibility for all civil parking enforcement across the county.

Transport Decarbonisation Plan: Shapps agrees to rethink roads policy


The Government has agreed to review the National Networks National Policy Statement, which governs the development of major projects on England’s road and rail networks.

RSMA selects BBA to certificate road trials scheduled for 2022


The Road Safety Markings Association has selected the British Board of Agrément as the preferred approved body for the certification of road marking products in road trials due to begin in July 2022.

One in four roadworkers suffer mental health issues after abuse


One in four roadworkers in Scotland has suffered mental health issues following verbal or physical abuse from the public, according to new figures.

Video shows beam lift job as airbag is tested


Highways England has released an animation showing the scale of the operation to lift 44m-long steel bridge beams into place across the M6 and has confirmed a new date for the works.

Lane rental guidance updated


The Department for Transport has updated its lane rental scheme guidance for English local authorities, providing new insights into cost benefit analysis and legal issues.

Wales seeks 'hearts and minds' over 20mph move


The Welsh Government has confirmed plans to reduce the national default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets as one of its legislative priorities for the year.

Highways Awards deadline extended


The deadline to enter the Highways Awards, which takes place in person on 20 October at the Royal Lancaster London, has been extended until 5pm on Friday 16 July.

Comment: Creating value through supply chain collaboration


The team at Saint-Gobain PAM discuss the benefits of collaboration and how their new Proteus gully grating, initially developed in conjunction with Highways England and Rhino Asphalt Solutions Ltd, became the perfect fit for Wirral Council.

Italian job? Graffiti fixes go on trial


Highways England has carried out a two-day large testing session at an off-road site in its attempt to find new products that prevent and remove graffiti.

TfL consolidates with £1.7bn Works for London programme


Transport for London has brought together all of the maintenance of roads,tunnels,and assets such as bus stations and streetlights under a new, single programme, which it said will ensure that London’s road network is ‘more efficient, safer and greener’.

Highways England and Havering Council in 'betrayal' row


Highways England has disputed a local council leader’s claim that it has ‘betrayed’ local residents over a promised discount for its residents using the Lower Thames Crossing.

Council promises long-term rewards with £17m spend


West Sussex County Council has launched what it said is one of the biggest investments in the county’s highway infrastructure in the last decade.

Council plays catch-up on junction scheme


Alun Griffiths will begin work next month on an £8.3m junction upgrade on a key route into Taunton that was postponed last year ‘to support the local economy during the coronavirus recovery’.

M11 'dumbell' roundabout takes shape


GRAHAM has reached what it called a major milestone on the new M11 Junction 7a project with the installation of the structural steel beams to create a new overbridge.

Getting under the surface of concrete roads


Highways England has published the first concrete roads handbook in more than 30 years.

MRN facing safety scrutiny over poor record


A major road safety charity has called for investment in improving the safety of the Major Road Network to be made a ‘clear and urgent priority’, after revealing that it has a fatal and serious crash rate almost five times that of the strategic road network.

The Long Read: Upgrading the Scottish Road Works Register


Highways celebrates the first anniversary of a major upgrade to the Scottish Road Works Register - the computerised database system for the electronic transfer, retention, and management of road works data in Scotland.

Costain celebrates smart delivery of £130m A19 Testo's Junction


Costain has celebrated the completion of the £130m A19 Testo’s Junction improvements a month ahead of schedule.

Cone layer is 'something to see in action'


Highways England has released a video of a second automated cone laying vehicle that is now undergoing off-road trials in the UK.

UK 'needs 127,000 charge points by 2025'


The UK has only 15% of the electric vehicle charging points it needs to meet net zero, according to new analysis.

Costain to be delivery partner on Simister Island


Highways England has appointed Costain to design and manage the construction of the £138m Simister Island project.

Highways England to launch graphene trials


Highways England is running trials to establish how graphene can be used to extend the operational life of infrastructure on its network.

Baroness Vere admits public trust was undermined on smart motorway safety


Highways England undermined trust in smart motorways when it failed to give an accurate timeline for a 2016 pledge to make technology to detect stopped vehicles ‘part of the standard for all lane running going forward’, a minister has told MPs.

M8 undergoes major safety upgrade


Scotland’s busiest motorway has undergone a major safety upgrade, carried out on time and budget, as permanent concrete road safety barriers were installed at Junction 3 on the M8 in Livingston.

NWSRG celebrates national guidance with a survey to start new chapter


The National Winter Service Research Group has launched a sector feedback survey to help it develop in the future.

Historic bridge set for £8m refurbishment


FM Conway has won a contract to refurbish Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames in London, which will start in late summer 2021 and run until 2024.

Ferrovial wins £200m Norwich Western Link Road project


Norfolk County Council has awarded the contract to design and build the controversial £200m Norwich Western Link road to Ferrovial Construction.

Court rejects challenge to borough's LTNs


A legal challenge against Lambeth Council's low traffic neighbourhoods has been rejected by the High Court.

SRN to hit record level of recycled material


Highways England is to resurface a section of the M3 with the highest proportion of recycled asphalt pavement ever used on the strategic road network.

Cyclists worst hit as fatality rate rises


Deaths on Britain’s roads fell by 16% last year but traffic levels were down 22%, meaning that fatality rates rose. The latest government figures also show a 40% rise in the number of cyclists killed.

New Innovation Fund launched in memory of Steve Berry


Chief executive of LCRIG and chair of NY Highways, Martin Duffy, announces the launch of a £150,000 innovation fund dedicated to the late head of local roads at the Department for Transport, Steve Berry, and funded by road marking company WJ.

Highway Code to be updated with smart motorway changes


Highways England has announced that it will change the Highway Code, updating it to introduce rules for navigating smart motorways, among other amendments.

Aggregate Industries opens mobile testing lab


Aggregate Industries' contracting division has opened a ‘pioneering’ new laboratory for materials testing due to a 'dearth of testing facilities' in the contracting sector.

Utility firm ‘drives coach and horses’ through street work rules


Thames Water has been prosecuted by a London borough after creating what the highway authority said were unnecessary traffic jams three times in less than a fortnight.

Lower Thames Tunnel opening pushed back


The expected opening date for the Lower Thames Crossing has been put back by up to two years, Highways England has disclosed.

Wales puts new road building on hold


The Welsh Government has announced a freeze on new road building projects, while a review of highway schemes across the country is carried out.

Smart motorways 'less safe to save costs'


Highways England has been criticised for drawing a ‘false equivalence’ between different types of hazard on motorways in assessing the safety of different smart motorways.

VIAM collapse leaves holes in North West contracting


The collapse into administration of Vital Infrastructure Asset Management (VIAM) - formally King Construction - has hit highways contracts in at least three councils across the North West.

Highways England study raises prospect of MCHW reform


Highways England and TRL have launched a study into the benefits of different methods for approving road marking and road stud products, raising the prospect of reforms to the Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works.

County council set to reject £15m grant


Senior councillors at Leicestershire County Council are poised to turn down £15m of Housing Infrastructure Fund cash because the project represents ‘too great a financial risk’.

Controversy rumbles on over Cumbria bridge


The chair of the Transport Select Committee has again written to ministers over Highways England’s management of the Historical Railway Estate, seeking details of a controversial project to infill a bridge in Cumbria.

Khan wins Bishopsgate appeal


London mayor Sadiq Khan has celebrated a Court of Appeal victory for his flagship Streetspace programme - designed to reduce motor traffic across the capital and boost active travel - in the face of fierce opposition from taxi drivers.

Tender announced for £60m Stonehenge job


Highways England has launched its search for a Delivery Assurance Partner to support the delivery of the £1.7bn A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme.

Box junctions 'big warning area' for councils


Box junctions are likely to pose significant problems for local authorities using new powers to enforce moving traffic offences, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal's chief adjudicator has told Traffex visitors.

UK has second worst road safety progress in Europe


The UK came 31st out of 32 European countries in terms of progress in reducing road deaths over the past 10 years, new statistics have revealed.

Manual for Streets update to embed 'sociable and local' culture shift


The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and WSP have given Traffex delegates an update on the government-sponsored refresh of the seminal Manual for Streets guidance for local street design.

Beam lift is 'huge milestone' on M6 project


Giant bridge beams are to be lifted into place across the M6 next month as the transformation of Junction 10 reaches a major milestone.

Traffex: Highways England procurement power will drive zero carbon agenda


Highways England’s forthcoming net zero carbon plan, currently awaiting Whitehall sign-off, will place significant emphasis on the company’s procurement power to drive low carbon approaches from its supply chain.

RIS 3 'will focus on carbon and environment'


Roads will only be built under the next Road Investment Strategy ‘where they are absolutely essential’, the head of Highways England has said.

Highways England launches tech plans at Traffex


Highways England has published its Innovation and Research Strategy, setting out its short, medium and long-term plans to accelerate change on its network.

Highways England treads water with £218m East spend


Highways England has announced maintenance works totalling £218m over the next year in the East of England.

Birthday honours again highlight COVID response


Women and men who have helped keep the transport network running during the pandemic have again been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Gibson takes on Liverpool highways challenge


Former ADEPT president Neil Gibson will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

'Chris Gritty' celebrates successful season with Vale


This season's celebrity gritter - 'Chris Gritty' - marked another evolution in local roads maintenance, providing Transport for London with a liquid de-icer/snowbrush mini-tractor combi to help support the rise in active travel in the capital.

Highways England names national ground investigation winners


Highways England has confirmed the winners of the national element (Lot 1) of its £91m ground investigation framework.

WJ Group acquires Bellstan Ltd


Leading highway marking and safety business WJ Group has acquired Bellstan Ltd, a long-standing road marking company based in Berkshire.

Highways Awards Winner: 'Social policing' defeats anti-social driving


A ground breaking Metropolitan Police and Transport for London road safety scheme was honoured at the Highways Awards 2020. Editor Dominic Browne caught up with Andrew Cox, who helped lead the operation for the Met, as he embarked on another epic challenge; this time raising almost £50,000 for RoadPeace.

Comment: How to drive better street works


Michelle Scarsbrook, commercial sector director for software developer Sopra Steria, discusses how we can drive a better street works process in the UK.

Stoke gets more time on toxic air


Ministers have given Stoke on Trent City Council more time to find a solution to toxic air pollution, despite expectations that a possible Clean Air Zone will delay the area’s compliance with legally binding pollution limits.

Council disputes 'permitted works' claim


A local authority has thrown doubt over Highways England’s controversial plans to infill a road bridge over a former railway line without planning permission.

AECOM appoints Billington to ED&I role


AECOM has appointed Rachel Billington as head of equity, diversity & inclusion in Europe.

Reassess pothole cash rules, insurer says


Zurich Municipal has called for local authority pothole funding to give greater focus to cycle paths and footways to protect cyclists and e-scooter riders.

Highways England accused of 'greenwash'


Highways England has had to backtrack on its plan to convert a section of the M62 to all lane running without a statutory environmental impact assessment after a retired vicar threatened legal action.

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