E-scooter tech 'prevents footway riding in real time'


Electric transportation firm Bird has announced new ‘smart sidewalk protection' technology which aims to prevent e-scooters and other micromobility devices being used on footways and footpaths.

Moving traffic enforcement powers available from February


Councils in England could have the power to enforce moving traffic violations from February next year, a senior Department for Transport official has announced.

TfL recognises new operator for FORS


Transport for London has appointed Sopra Steria to run the FORS fleet accreditation scheme in a deal worth £45m.

MPs 'must consider smart motorway revelations'


A woman whose husband was killed on a smart motorway has called for a parliamentary inquiry to consider the findings of a newspaper investigation, which alleged serious failings in safety equipment.

'Missing junction' on M55 is on its way


Work on a new junction to link a major new road to the M55 will ramp up later this month.

Driver shortages could hit gritting, council chiefs warn


Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

A358 upgrade 'has been a long time coming'


National Highways has launched a consultation for the upgrade of the A358 in Somerset, seven years after prime minister David Cameron announced that the scheme would be one of three major schemes in the key A303 corridor.

Government sponsors real-time lidar surveying tools


UK-based IoT solutions company Vortex IoT has combined with Cepton Technologies 'to turn UK buses into real-time road inspection tools', enabling a lidar-based vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) solution for urban asset management.

Highways launches winter service public engagement survey


Highways magazine, in partnership with Telematics specialist Exactrak, has launched a survey to increase our understanding of community engagement in winter service.

Retaining wall solution first of its type to secure Environmental Product Declaration


Reinforced Earth has launched the world’s first retaining wall of its type in roads to be awarded an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to ISO 15804+A2, providing a low carbon solution to retaining structures.

Road maintenance budgets face £400m cut, councils warn


Funding for local road maintenance has been cut by £400m this year, the Local Government Association has warned.

Mixed signals over motorway repairs


National Highways has said it will fix faults with overhead gantry signals on a smart motorway section of the M62, which occurred more than a month ago, ‘as soon as possible’, but did not give a timescale.

Turner & Townsend scoops final LTC client team deal


National Highways has awarded Turner & Townsend Limited a £23.3m commercial partner contract on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing scheme.

SRL bags a new corporate partnership


SRL Traffic Systems has signed an exclusive corporate partnership with traffic product development consultancy, Innovative Road Safety Solutions (IRSS), to support a complete decommission, installation and reactivation service.

National Highways pledges to consult over bridge works


National Highways has said any resumption of its paused programme of infilling and demolition of historic bridges will see all schemes reviewed by a new stakeholder group and planning permission sought ‘where appropriate’.

National Highways plays down 'snooping' fears


Campaigners have slammed an ‘incredibly sinister’ £90m contract to carry out security services for National Highways, suggesting it could encourage firms to snoop on anyone planning protests against the Lower Thames Crossing.

DfT keeps 'urgent' smart motorway probe findings to itself


National Highways has provided the Department for Transport (DfT) with an ‘initial update’ on its investigation into allegations of serious safety failings on smart motorways but both organisations have refused to disclose the early findings.

ADEPT Autumn Conference to focus on collaboration, climate and COVID


The 2021 ADEPT Autumn Conference on 18 and 19 November will focus on 'collaboration, climate and COVID recovery', and features an impressive speaker line-up from a range of department areas.

A82 scheme makes update but little headway


The Scottish Government has insisted that it is ‘committed’ to upgrading the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan, despite the process of developing and assessing the preferred route passing the six-year mark.

Work starts on long-awaited £135m A303 scheme


National Highways has started work the £135m scheme to upgrade the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester.

Councils must have 'quantifiable carbon reduction' plans or lose cash, roads minister says


Roads minister Baroness Vere has said that local authority transport plans will need to set out 'how quantifiable carbon reductions will be achieved' and that funding will be 'dependent on those plans being robust, ambitious and achievable'.

Multevo's heavy duty Hydrohog cuts diesel emissions by 40%


Multevo has leapt into a leading position in the battle to 'green' the highways fleet after it unveiled a new, multi-purpose machine 'replacing diesel by up to 40% through dual-fuel diesel/hydrogen technology'.

nmcn collapses into administration


Nottinghamshire-based infrastructure contractor nmcn (formerly North Midland Construction) has fallen into administration.

Councils face statutory duty on EV infrastructure


The Government is considering imposing a statutory duty on local authorities to plan and deliver for electric vehicle infrastructure.

Govt takes out further injunction as protestors block Blackwall Tunnel


The Government has taken out a further injunction to target protesters causing disruption on any of the motorways and major A roads in and around London.

Wales begins 50mph average speed enforcement in pollution hotspots


The Welsh Government launched 50mph speed enforcement using average speed cameras today across locations specifically chosen to improve air quality.

National Highways rolls out new gritters for the winter season


More than 100 new gritting vehicles will be delivered to National Highways this year, helping keep traffic moving this winter.

E-scooters add to vulnerable road user casualties


A leading road safety charity has called on the Government ‘to make up its mind now’ to drive down injuries on UK roads caused by e-scooters.

Viewpoint: Assumptions and predictions


Former director at the Department for Transport and current director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, picks up on a recent Highways investigation into smart motorways to ask important questions about models, predictions and above all what we want.

Jenoptik hails success of bridge cameras


Average speed cameras are reducing speeds on the Orwell Bridge in windy weather, the providers of the technology have said.

SWARCO buys out Dynniq


SWARCO AG has acquired 100% of the shares in Dynniq Mobility, adding roughly 1,100 colleagues to the SWARCO Group along with revenues of more than £172m.

Portsmouth set to approve CAZ despite reservations


Portsmouth City Council is set to discuss the start date of its Government-mandated Clean Air Zone despite its preference for other options to improve air quality.

New Scottish cycling design guidance released


The Scottish Government has published new guidance for cycling infrastructure, covering design and the wider planning context to support better, safer active travel.

Smart motorway probe after paper exposes failings


The Government has ordered another investigation into smart motorways after reports that vital safety equipment was not working on the controversial routes.

Activists target M25 despite jail threat


Protestors have again blocked part of the M25, in breach of the injunction granted by the High Court last week.

Report challenges Scottish government road buillding


A policy assessment of how the transport sector in Scotland can make the transition to net zero has called for a shift of spending away from road building.

National Highways announces dualling plans for A66


National Highways has launched a statutory consultation on its plans to dual the remaining sections of the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1 at Scotch Corner.

Hampshire saves £300k a year with new materials recycling centre


A partnership between Hampshire County Council, Milestone Infrastructure and specialist recycling contractor, OCL, has set up a new purpose-built recycling centre for road materials.

National Highways advertises £1bn IT framework


National Highways has published a delayed contract notice for an IT commercial framework valued at £1bn.

NIC calls for end to competitive bidding


Local government transport funding should be overhauled by pivoting away from competitive bidding and putting in five-year budgets, according to the National Infrastructure Commission, Westminster's main independent advisor on infrastructure.

Cycle lane court challenge takes new turn


Cycling UK has won the right to challenge a council’s decision to remove a popular cycle lane after a High Court ruling refusing permission for a judicial review was overturned.

Call for new Highways Act to support active travel


Parliamentarians have called for a new Highways Act and significantly increased funding to achieve the levels of active travel needed to support decarbonisation targets.

IHE goes proactive on passive safety


As part of its regular contribution to Highways magazine, the Institute of Highway Engineers takes a look at new guidance on passive safety for Intelligent Transport Systems equipment.

BAM Nuttall gets preliminary work on Tay crossing


Perth and Kinross Council has appointed BAM Nuttall to deliver stage one (detailed design and advance work) for the £120m Cross Tay Link Road, one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the council.

Five invited to bid for £1.9bn Thames crossing roads work


Five companies have been shortlisted for two Lower Thames Crossing contracts worth a combined £1.9bn, to design and build new roads for the scheme.

Eurovia digs deeper to cut carbon


Eurovia Contracting has ordered two more Volvo electric excavators as its parent company looks to increase its use of electric plant, equipment and vehicles.

Kier not idling in emissions fight


Kier Highways has announced that all its depots and work compounds will become ‘no idle zones’, following a successful trial.

Smart motorway opening delayed for SVD


The second phase of National Highways’ £85m conversion of a stretch of the M56 to all lane running will get underway next month but the opening of the project will be delayed for the installation of stopped vehicle detection (SVD) technology.

£100m M2 upgrade set to start


National Highways is set to start work on the upgrade of the M2 Junction 5 where it meets the A249, aiming to improve the flow of traffic and 'bring real benefits to drivers'.

Highways Presents: SRL and narrowing the divide


Highways Editor, Dominic Browne, talks to Kevin Gilday, Group Product and Compliance Manager at SRL Traffic Systems, about narrowing the divide between the permanent traffic signals and temporary traffic signals sectors to create an integrated traffic signals 'ecosystem'.

Kier Group returns to profit after restructure


Kier Group plc has hailed a ‘strong operational performance and materially improved results’ as it reported a pre-tax profit of £5.6m for the year ending 30 June, compared with a £225m loss in the previous year.

National Highways awards £3.6bn Scheme Delivery Framework to 50 partners


National Highways has announced deals with 50 supply chain partners worth up to £3.6bn for renewals work on England's motorways and major A roads.

ITS (UK) comes on board for Road Expo Scotland


ITS (UK) will be an official partner for this year's Road Expo Scotland when it returns to the SEC, Glasgow Exhibition Centre in December.

Hardstaff breaks record ahead of Games


Hardstaff Barriers has installed more than three miles of its popular Multi Applicational Safety System (MASS) barrier in Birmingham to help create a priority bus route for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Project Edward launches push for safe speeds


Police forces across the UK have carried out the first ever National Safe Speeds Day to highlight the human cost of excessive speed and encourage compliance with speed limits.

Most drivers want all lane running scrapped, new survey shows


Public confidence in all-lane-running (ALR) smart motorway schemes appears to be collapsing, with 84% of drivers believing that safety is compromised by the permanent removal of the hard shoulder.

New temporary signal tailor-made for haul routes


Traffic Group Signals has launched the Metro Haul Route Crossing System - a wireless, temporary traffic signal range that complies with haul route permit conditions.

Ex-apprentices get stuck in at Spencer Group


The largest ever intake of apprentices taken on by engineering specialist Spencer Group have all now secured full-time positions with the company.

New homes to have electric car charging


All new homes and offices in England will have electric car chargers as standard under new laws, the Government has said.

Lorry driver caught holding a phone to each ear


National Highways' HGV cabs are being used as part of a multi-agency fortnight of action along the M4 and M5 that aims to reduce the number of incidents and highlight the risks of dangerous driving.

M1 smart motorway 'will ease congestion'


National Highways is continuing work to convert a new section of the M1 to an all lane running smart motorway which will link to a section of smart motorway that has been found to have increased journey times.

The Insider: Martin Duffy discusses reorganisation in North Yorkshire


Martin Duffy, chair of NYHighways, explains how North Yorkshire’s unitary council decision aims to strengthen highways provision in the area.

Climate protest causes standstill on M25


Climate protestors brought parts of the M25 to a standstill during rush hour today in a peaceful protest that saw Surrey Police make a wave of arrests.

M6 link gets stopped vehicle CCTV monitoring


National Highways is to provide a dedicated team of control centre operatives to monitor a stretch of smart motorway in the Midlands after concerns were raised over live lane breakdowns.

ADEPT National Traffic Managers Conference: 'Unlearn the normal'


The third ADEPT National Traffic Managers Conference will take place on Wednesday 13 October at the Welford Road Stadium, Leicester under the strapline: ‘Embrace challenge, plan response and unlearn the normal.’

'Revolutionary resurfacing' comes to the A1 with graphene trial


National Highways will be trialling the use of graphene as part of a road surface on the A1 in Northumberland this month.

Injuries increase on smart motorway scheme


A new report on a smart motorway section of the M1 has revealed that the absolute number of personal injury collisions rose during the last two years of the period studied to a level higher than the annual average before the scheme opened.

Delayed report gives smart motorway negative benefit cost ratio


National Highways has been forced to release two key reports on smart motorways following a Freedom of Information request from Highways. These include a five-year post opening project evaluation that showed that a scheme on the M1 is on track to have negative journey time benefits of nearly a quarter of a billion pounds over 60 years rather than forecast benefits of nearly £1bn.

Swindon and Osborne take to the grid against groundwater


Swindon Borough Council and contractor Osborne Infrastructure Ltd are taking decisive action on major works at the White Hart roundabout after groundwater levels were found to be much higher than expected.

M4 relief road 'entirely a matter for Wales'


The Welsh Government has insisted that any future decision about whether to build a relief road for the M4 at Newport ‘is entirely a matter for Wales’ after writing down a further £79m on the abandoned scheme.

2021 Highways Awards finalists revealed


The Highways Awards are back, live and in person, and the 2021 final shortlist is in.

Cornwall approves plans for £7m cycle hub


Cornwall Council has granted planning permission for the £7m Cornwall Cycle Hub, with opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to take part.

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund launches £150k 'future roads' competition


The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund is celebrating 150 years since the birth of its benefactor William Rees Jeffreys by running a major new competition.

Lockdown planning reforms could become permanent


Temporary measures that allowed high streets to make more use of pedestrian areas during the pandemic could be made permanent following a government consultation.

New training centre wins job offers for students


Winvic Construction Lt and IM Properties, have welcomed the first learners inside a new ‘Future of Construction’ training centre at Mercia Park, Leicestershire.

National Highways + Minecraft = young engineers heaven


As part of its educational outreach, National Highways has enlisted the help of Minecraft, the world’s best-selling video game, to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Judge dismisses case against Hackney's LTN plans


Hackney LBC has successfully defended a judicial review claim over its low traffic neighbourhood plans.

Colas opens new UK headquarters


Colas Ltd has opened a new UK headquarters, moving its base from Sussex to Birmingham.

Government announces roll-out of 'greener' E10 petrol


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced the introduction of a new, greener standard grade of petrol.

London considers 'act of remembrance' for road deaths


The mayor of London is considering ways to publicly remember those who have lost their lives on the capital's roads.

BEAR launches ice mitigation trials on Queensferry Crossing


BEAR Scotland is carrying out ice mitigation trials on the Queensferry Crossing.

McCann wins £3m signage deal as Manchester prepares CAZ


Civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has won a £3m signage deal as part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone (CAZ) project.

Bucks secures £100m for 'hot topic' highway maintenance


Buckinghamshire Council has announced a £100m investment as part of a major highways improvement programme over the next four years.

RSTA Insights: Making the investment case to (and with) government


Paul Boss, chief Executive of the Road Surface Treatments Association, outlines the hard work being done behind the scenes to secure proper investment in local highway maintenance.

Oxfordshire plans wave of 20mph zones


Oxfordshire CC has suggested 85% of the county's 30mph roads could be reduced to 20mph, as part of a programme kicking off in the village of Cuxham this month.

TfL launches £2m EV charging hub


Transport for London (TfL) has opened a new rapid charging hub in Woolwich.

National Highways sets out 'revolutionary' Digital Roads strategy


National Highways - formerly Highways England - has brought together its flagship innovation and R&D ambitions under a new 'digital roads' strategy, complete with its own dedicated webpage and plans for 2025.

Longer lorries could be followed by heavier lorries


Longer goods vehicles could be permanently allowed on Britain’s roads from as early as next year, the Government has announced.

Testing the limits of safe driving


Former Department for Transport director and current director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, looks at the challenges posed in managing our local roads – which are not just restricted to funding – and ponders life in the slow lane.

New era sees National Highways launch consultation tool


National Highways has launched an online feedback tool for road users and those who live near its network to give their views on where investment is needed the most.

Baby Banksys beware: wall-climbing robots set to tackle graffiti


National Highways has announced the five winners of its competition to find new ways to remove graffiti from alongside roads, or prevent it from appearing in the first place.

DfT still keen on M4 Wales


The UK Government could still overrule the devolved administration in Wales over plans for a new route for the M4 near Newport following the rebranding of England’s strategic roads operator as ‘National Highways’.

Road Expo Scotland returns to Glasgow


Road Expo Scotland will take place as planned on 1 and 2 December 2021 returning at the purpose built SEC exhibition centre, Glasgow.

Jams predicted as bank holiday car journeys hit pre-pandemic levels


An estimated 18.4 million cars will be on the road at some stage this bank holiday weekend, but research from the AA suggests that fewer drivers will be setting off on long journeys as a result of the pandemic.

Glasgow launches road safety plan


Glasgow City Council has launched a new road safety plan that it hopes will reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

Second phase of A9 dualling opens to traffic


Scottish transport minister Graeme Dey has announced the opening of the £96m A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Birnam project.

A9 dualling moves forward as Greens sign up to road building


The Scottish Government is seeking a main contractor for the next stage of the A9 Perth to Inverness dualling as a landmark agreement between the SNP administration and the Scottish Green Party left the country’s two main roadbuilding schemes, costed at £3bn each, largely untouched.

SRL Multiphase ADS 'slashes queue lengths'


SRL Traffic Systems’ Multiphase ADS traffic light detection technology for portable and temporary traffic signals has been independently proven to reduce average queue lengths by 50%, the company has said.

Amey scores new Scottish success with lighting deal


Amey has secured a new three-year contract with East Renfrewshire Council to upgrade, maintain and repair street lights for the authority.

Harris to lead 'National Highways' in new era


Highways England acting chief executive Nick Harris has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of the government-owned company, which will now controversially be known as ‘National Highways’.

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