Denman to take highways role at Amey


Amey has announced that Andy Denman will be joining the company as its new highways sector director in May.

Profile: Highway Resource Solutions - a proven winner


Highway Resource Solutions (HRS) was part of the team that triumphed at the 2020 Highways Awards to win Industry Product of the Year for the innovative ‘Smart Sign’ digital technology. As HRS celebrates 10 years of excellence, managing director Roger Poeth explains how it all started and the company’s vision for the future.

Two step approach to new A5 footbridge


Highways England is building a ‘new and wider’ steel bridge to allow school children, cyclists and pedestrians to cross the A5.

Relief as £102m project enters final stretch


Construction of the third and final section of the Grantham Southern Relief Road is set to start next month.

Highways England gets Red X for camera roll-out


Only half of the cameras capable of enforcing violations of lane closures on smart motorways are fully operational, a year and a half after a change in the law made it possible for camera evidence to be used for prosecutions.

First round of £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund begins


Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the first round of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund will be available to local areas to help tackle regional inequalities.

Pandemic 'could lead to rise in traffic levels'


Traffic levels in some of the UK’s largest cities have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, new data has revealed.

Budget provides new cash to accelerate A66


The 2021 Budget announced a range of small to medium-sized transport and highways spending measures, including £135m 'development funding' for the A66 Trans-Pennine upgrade.

Keltbray goes digital and modular on A30


Keltbray has secured a £14.1m package to deliver 14 bridge structures on the delayed A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross Scheme for the Costain /Jacobs partnership on behalf of Highways England.

£19m east-west improvement works 'progressing well'


Highways England has completed major improvements to increase capacity at a key Yorkshire roundabout to improve traffic flow.

New Hull bridge 'to inspire great women'


A new bridge across the A63 in Hull has opened after years of delays to a £22m Highways England project.

Wales gives notice before penalty go-ahead


The permanent 50mph limit with average speed enforcement on the M4 near Newport will go live this month.

Lorry safety permits part of London's 'holistic approach'


London’s new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for HGVs has come into force, aimed at tackling the issue of drivers' blind spots by employing safety permits.

Highway Code set for smart motorway update


Highways England has proposed changes to the Highway Code to improve safety on smart motorways, including advice on dynamic hard shoulders despite their upcoming ban.

A match made in design: Collaboration joins signs and sockets


Buchanan Computing and NAL Ltd have collaborated to add a leading system of retention sockets to what is thought to be the UK’s most popular sign design software.

MPs investigate 'genuine worries' about smart motorways


MPs are to launch a new inquiry into ‘the benefits and safety of Smart Motorways’.

PM backs Larkinson to stay on as ORR boss


The Office of Rail and Road has confirmed John Larkinson as its permanent chief executive officer, following a public competition and the endorsement of the prime minister.

Road 'a few miles above Tintern Abbey' to close for repairs


The main road linking Monmouth and Chepstow will be closed from next week for six weeks, while crews deal with fractured and falling rock to ensure road user safety.

Bridges threat 'shows lack of joined-up thinking'


More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to Highways England’s plans to infill or demolish more than 100 disused railway bridges, which campaigners say could be needed for new rail or active travel routes.

Costain and Welsh Government agree A465 settlement


Costain has agreed a settlement with the Welsh Government over changes to its contract for a major widening of the A465 but declined to confirm the exact value.

GRAHAM signs £124m contract on M25 scheme as costs rise


GRAHAM has won a contract worth £124m to design and build a scheme to improve traffic flow at Junction 28 of the M25, which links the motorway to the A12 in Essex.

Croydon swaps controversial LTN for camera enforced 'healthy streets'


Croydon council is to replace a controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood with revised restrictions rebranded as a ‘healthy streets scheme’ and featuring camera-enforced restrictions instead of physical barriers.

Contractors win big on £800m London framework


A handful of contractors have won places on Transport for London’s (TfL’s) latest surface transport infrastructure construction framework, which is expected to see spending of £800m over the next six years.

A96 dualling moves forward but progress is slow


Scottish infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson has given the go-ahead for the completion of the statutory procedures for a section of the A96 dualling scheme – two years after a public inquiry.

BEAR and WJ extend strategic partnership


WJ Group and BEAR Scotland have announced a strategic partnership on the Scottish Trunk Road Network Management Contract for the South East.

TfL expands lane rental and tweaks charges


Charges under London’s lane rental scheme are to be amended from May and the scheme will be expanded and include footways for the first time.

A465 schemes 'double the cost' of UK dualling


The estimated construction cost per km of the Welsh Government’s recent A465 dualling contract is more than double that of other comparable current schemes in the UK.

RSTA's Boss calls for new strategy on roads


The chief executive of the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has called for a new, comprehensive strategy to help councils move to more effective road maintenance.

New UK Bridges Awards launched


Our ‘sister’ publication, Bridge design & engineering (Bd&e) magazine and the organisers of the Bridges conference and exhibition have unveiled a new Bridges Awards competition for 2021, in partnership with the Bridge Owners' Forum.

Living Streets reflects on a 'massive year for walking'


The walking charity Living Streets has welcomed progress on active travel during a challenging time but a 'massive year for walking'.

Stonehenge Tunnel case to be heard in High Court


Campaigners against the £2bn Stonehenge Tunnel scheme have secured a court hearing in their judicial review challenge.

NIC calls for 'priority cities' to be given £30bn by 2040


The Government should identify 'priority cities' and set aside £30bn for a pipeline of infrastructure projects by 2040 as part of an expansion of devolution, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has urged.

Highways Presents: JCB versus the pothole


In this Highways Presents, we give a behind the scenes look at how one of the UK's biggest companies took on one of Britain's biggest engineering problems. It's JCB versus the pothole.

Highways Presents: Causeway and the road to digitalisation


In this Highways Presents, we answer the question: how can you make sure that you get one more job done every day in the same amount of time?

New ideas to 'reverse the rot' on roads


Roadmender Asphalt’s chief executive officer, Harry Pearl, gives Highways his take on how we can ‘reverse the rot’ in local roads maintenance as we come out of lockdown.

Council to insource routine maintenance


Cheshire West and Chester Council has revealed plans for the delivery of its Highways Service, which include delivering most small-scale maintenance services in-house.

Local politicians weigh in with Rest and Be Thankful deadline


A replacement road for the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful must be ‘agreed, planned, contracted, constructed and opened by May 2026 at the latest’, local politicians have said.

Police to probe smart motorway deaths after coroner comments


A police force has taken the first step towards a possible criminal investigation into the role that the absence of a hard shoulder played in the death of two men on a smart motorway section of the M1.

New bridge looks to the future and preserves the past


Construction of the £46m new Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth is set to begin in March.

Council road repairs cash down £400m next year


County councils have said they will have ‘no choice’ but to cancel high priority highway maintenance works next year after the Government announced capital funding allocations down £398m on current levels.

Birmingham's Perry Barr flyover removed


A well-known flyover in Birmingham has been demolished as part of a £27.1m highway works programme in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

Highway Care appoints new member to senior leadership team


Highway Care has added a new member to its senior leadership team to support the implementation of its ambitious growth strategy.

Shapps 'overrode advice' to review RIS 2


Transport secretary Grant Shapps 'overrode' official advice to review the £27.5bn Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS 2) on environmental grounds, according to reports.

Calderdale gets help on 'largest project for decades'


John Sisk & Son has been appointed to carry out the construction work on the £27m A629 Phase 1b, Halifax to Huddersfield improvement scheme.

Half hamburger takes shape at Midlands roundabout


New images released by Highways England give a bird’s eye view of the new ‘half hamburger’ roundabout starting to emerge at the A45/A6 Chowns Mill roundabout in Northamptonshire.

Q and A: ADEPT engineering chair Mark Stevens on broadening horizons


Chair of the ADEPT engineering board Mark Stevens recently started a new role as assistant director for direct services at Haringey Council. He speaks to Dominic Browne about his move from Suffolk CC, going back to his London roots, and his hopes for the future of the sector.

Exclusive: DfT trials non-scoring sustainability questions in self-assessment


The 'standard' Highways Maintenance Incentive Fund self-assessment questionnaire will shortly be sent out to English local highways authorities outside of London for 2021-2022, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed.

New app to inform roadworkers as cable strikes surge


HAUC(UK) has launched a new app to help road workers avoid damage to underground assets from cable strikes.

Highways England referred to CPS for potential corporate manslaughter charge


A coroner has asked the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) to consider a charge of corporate manslaughter against Highways England.

Griffiths appoints former Balfour director as new MD


Regional civil engineering specialist Griffiths has appointed a new managing director, securing the services of a former senior figure at Balfour Beatty.

ADEPT launches customer experience toolkit


Council directors' body ADEPT, in partnership with Amey, has launched a toolkit to help local authorities transform the customer experience.

Delayed cycling schemes could go £6m over budget


A £19m package of cycling schemes in Cornwall risks going significantly over budget and missing what is already a revised delivery date, auditors have warned.

Khan seeks to appeal Streetspace judgement


London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London have applied to appeal a court ruling that deemed their Streetspace for London Plan unlawful.

Construction leaders call for apprenticeship push


UK construction leaders have called for a unified push from employers to boost apprenticeships and help young people into work following the impact of the COVID crisis.

ORR flags regional variations on SRN


The performance of Highways England’s network continued to show large regional variations in the last year of the first Road Investment Strategy, its monitor has said.

Yotta's new alliance makes smart work of lighting


CIMCON Lighting and Yotta have signed a collaboration agreement, providing a boost to the growing market for connected street lighting, including traffic and air pollution sensors and monitoring elements.

Doubts arise over Scotland's major dualling progammes


The Scottish Government appears to be backing away from a longstanding pledge to complete the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025, but said the scheme, and the A96 dualling project, is not included in its strategic transport review.

The final count up: 2020-2021 self-assessment results revealed


The final year of self-assessment results are in: which were the only English highway authorities to fail to make it into the top Band?

Highways England celebrates Stonehenge scheme's support for local business


More than 150 companies have signed up to be a part of Highways England’s flagship Stonehenge scheme - the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down upgrade.

Shapps backs A1 scheme despite Angel concerns


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has granted development consent for the A1 Birtley to Coal House Improvement Scheme.

Full safety spec for new all lane running scheme at Simister


Highways England has confirmed that a new stretch of all lane running smart motorway in the North West will have key safety elements and will follow the recommendations in the Government’s recent stocktake and action plan.

Shapps backs another A303 dualling scheme


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the formal green light to a plan to add a further three miles of dual carriageway to the A303 in Somerset.

Jacobs wins £162m Lower Thames Crossing deal


Jacobs has won the £162.5m Integration Partner contract for the Lower Thames Crossing project, which will see the company act 'as a catalyst for collaboration between Highways England and the three main works contracts' handling delivery.

Shapps admits error over smart motorway safety


The transport secretary has admitted that it was ‘entirely wrong’ to roll out all lane running ‘smart motorways’ without the stopped vehicle detection (SVD) technology that would justify the name.

EV charging plans 'won't be enough'


The UK needs to install public electric vehicle chargepoints five times faster than the current rate and spend up to eight times more, or £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Herefordshire ditches £250m road schemes


Herefordshire County Council has scrapped plans for two major roadbuilding schemes near Hereford, citing the climate emergency and the need to decarbonise transport.

Highways products must be recertified to meet post-Brexit standards


All manufacturers and importers will have to recertify their products by the end of the year to make sure they comply with Highways England standards under the new UK/EU regulatory framework.

Two new MRN schemes in £93m road spend


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed £93m for three major road upgrade schemes across the country, including schemes funded as part of the major road network (MRN) and the Local Large Majors programmes.

ADEPT/RAC Foundation: Council bridges decline as scour checks fall


The number of substandard road bridges managed by councils across Great Britain is increasing, new research shows.

Highways Awards Winners revealed


The first ever virtual Highways Awards on 28 January was a major success with a record audience, great humour from host Colin Murray and a huge buzz on social media.

Northern Ireland awaits new road safety strategy


Northern Ireland’s devolved government has said it plans to issue a draft new road safety strategy by March after its existing plan expired last month.

Cities move ahead on CAZs as traffic returns


Birmingham and Greater Manchester are progressing plans to introduce clean air zones despite hopes that the pandemic might cut levels of pollution from traffic

New project to help drones 'truly take off’


A new consortium has been launched to support and protect the future of drones and unmanned aircraft systems.

Exclusive: Wales approves new roads through 'across the board' approach


The Welsh Government’s first major road scheme reappraisal against the climate emergency has backed further road building, on the basis that the increased carbon emissions will be offset by reductions elsewhere.

DfT creates co-directorship for local transport


The Department for Transport has appointed Jessica Matthew as a co-director of local transport, alongside Stephen Fidlar, in response to the COVID crisis.

Council to trial touchless technology at crossings


Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Going electric: key consumer trends in electric vehicles


Electric vehicles are on the march, says Archie MacPherson, managing director of The Pilot Group.

Parking cash dip could cut road spend


Local authorities in England have said a slight dip in the surplus they make on parking activities could impact their ability to fix potholes and tackle congestion.

Kier scoops £200m TfL tunnels contract


Transport for London has awarded Kier a maintenance and management contract worth up to £200m for road tunnels and pumping stations.

Highways England off track on Cornwall cycle schemes


Highways England has admitted that main construction work for a cycling programme in Cornwall to which it is contributing £17m ‘is expected to commence in 2021/22’, despite originally stating that it would be ‘be delivered by spring 2021’.

Highways Heroes: Learning the language of inclusion


Traffic officer Stewart Fox has been nominated by Highways England as a Highways Hero after showing leadership in learning and promoting the use of British Sign Language (BSL) to support deaf customers on the network. He speaks to Dominic Browne about BSL, being an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion champion, and making a difference just by being nice.

McCann makes statement of intent with new appointment


Civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has appointed a former Costain and A-one+ boss as its new strategic highways director, as it embarks on a major growth strategy.

Exclusive: Highways England's active travel claims don't add up


Highways England has been unable to support its claim to have completed 160 cycle schemes between 2015-20 under its Designated Funds programme.

AIA: 'Get involved to sound the alarm'


Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) chair Rick Green calls on councils to participate in the 2021 ALARM survey so highways maintenance gets the public and political attention it deserves.

Dyer and Butler wins latest Swindon roads contract


Dyer & Butler has begun a package of improvement works at the Gablecross junction of the A420 on behalf of Swindon Borough Council.

Arcadis to help ensure products are 'tunnel-ready'


Highways England has selected Arcadis, in partnership with tunnels and operational technology specialists 4way Consulting, to support its tunnels, systems and products strategy.

SPIE scoops Meir Tunnel safety works


Kier Highways has awarded Technical services specialist SPIE UK a new contract for the installation of safety and communications equipment for the A50 Meir Tunnel in Stoke on Trent.

Judge throws out Khan's Streetspace scheme


The High Court has overturned London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Streetspace for London Plan, which was introduced in May last year in response to the pandemic.

Council's parking income hits £10m


Councils are issuing fines worth an average of £850,000 a year for parking offences, with one raking in more than £10m, according to new research.

Concrete roads upgrade launched with £39m framework


Highways England has awarded the first of three multi-million-pound contracts that will 'revitalise concrete road surfaces across the country'.

SWARCO Traffic appoints new MD


Traffic technology specialist, SWARCO Traffic, has appointed a new managing director to take the reins after Berony Abraham stepped down following two successful years of business growth.

Highways England 'considering findings' of CCTV stopped vehicle trial


Highways England has met a pledge in its Delivery Plan to carry out a large-scale trial of a CCTV-based alternative to its existing stopped vehicle detection system.

Smart motorways 'contributed to deaths'


A coroner has described all lane running smart motorway schemes as presenting ‘an ongoing risk of future deaths’ and called for a new review into their safety.

Highways Heroes: A win-win for all


During the first lockdown in April of this year, IHE junior vice president Ellie Gormley had no time to sit and enjoy the sun; she was busy shopping for eight vulnerable residents in her local area of Rugeley, Staffordshire.

Highways Heroes: The right treatment


Paul Boss, chief executive of the Road Surface Treatments Association, speaks to Dominic Browne about overcoming challenges on the front line and working behind the scenes to ensure the sector could keep going.

£300m North West highways framework shares work around


A mixture of national names and local SMEs have won places on a framework agreement for highway-related works and services in North West England worth up to £300m.

AIA: Give our Highways Heroes the support they need


Asphalt Industry Alliance chair Rick Green has sent a message to the sector for National Pothole Day, congratulating the 'heroes' of the roads industry and calling for more support from central government.

National Pothole Day survey finds network in decline


A major survey taken to mark National Pothole Day has found that 81% of local authorities believe the pothole crisis has become worse over the last five years.

Velocity blasts through Brent potholes


The London Borough of Brent has completed a two-year programme that aimed to rid its roads of potholes and defects using Velocity Patching.

TfL held to account over casualty rates


Transport for London has unveiled a new online tool that it said will enable organisations and the public to see the level of road casualties in the capital.

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Environment Improvement Officer

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