The road to Wigan...gets shorter


Civil engineering firm Jones Bros has opened a North West office after securing a number of contract wins in the region.

O'Sullivan backs push for better business driving


Highways England has hosted a high-level summit to promote work-related road safety to private sector businesses.

TfN backs '£1bn' A66 upgrade


Transport for the North has backed HIghways England's plans to dual the remaining sections of the A66 across the North Pennines

Cameras to be used for red X enforcement, three years on


The Government has approved the use of gantry mounted cameras to fine drivers for ignoring red X signs on smart motorways, more than three years after Highways England said it wanted the law changed.

A14 sees trial of video wall tech


A new energy-efficient portable video wall developed by intelligent transport system solution manufacturer Bartco UK, in partnership with Highways England, has been launched.

‘Golden Gritter’ marks 50 years for UK manufacturer


Winter maintenance vehicle manufacturer Econ Engineering is celebrating the start of its 50th year in business with a series of events that will showcase its market leading products and services across the UK.

Vaisala puts winter service on a new route


Vaisala has launched a new web-based route optimization service using automation and advanced algorithms to help design winter road maintenance treatments more efficiently.

Switch to vans could thwart Clean Air Zones, King warns


The AA has warned that delivery firms could respond to Clean Air Zones by adding to the ever-increasing number of vans on the road, worsening congestion and pollution.

Exclusive: One in five authorities lose highways cash due to poor performance


Of the eligible highway authorities, almost one in five have lost out half of their share of £151m through the Department for Transport's Incentive Fund this year due to poor performance.

Bang to rights: Supercabs catch thousands of distracted drivers


Unmarked HGV ‘supercabs’ funded by Highways England have filmed more than 3,500 dangerous drivers in the past year, including a lorry driver using a mobile phone to make a credit card payment as he drove on the motorway

Smart money funds expansion and founder's exit


Total Resources UK has secured an £8m investment to help expand its depot network and buy out one of its founders.

Johnston Sweepers launches Bucher Municipal Rentals


Johnston Sweepers Limited has launched a brand new winter equipment rental arm to its business, in time for Cold Comfort 2019 this week.

Ordnance Survey eyes national highway asset map


Ordnance Survey has plans to create a detailed national database of road assets and furniture including lampposts, manholes, traffic lights, which could help pave the way for autonomous vehicles.

Considering all avenues - and all people


Rebecca Cox, principal technical manager at Living Streets, the charity for everyday walking, discusses its call for our streets to be fit for nine and 90-year-olds - and therefore everyone.

Jones Bros tackles drainage challenge at £100m business park


Civil Engineering firm Jones Bros has started highways and drainage works on the next phase of a 150-acre business park in Cheshire

Tarmac on track to resurface Silverstone


Silverstone has appointed Tarmac to resurface its entire Grand Prix circuit.

TfL plans new £50m Cycleway in East London


Transport for London (TfL) has set out plans for a new Cycleway which it says would transform roads between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs.

Welsh Government supports 20mph default


The Welsh government has thrown its support behind a push to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential areas.

Roundabout is no obstacle to canal restoration


A mile-long stretch of canal that disappeared more than half a century ago is a step closer to being restored with £4m from Highways England

EV sales rise but price remains sticking point


Registrations of new all-electric and hybrid vehicles rose significantly last month, despite an overall fall in new car sales.

Highways England highlights impact of innovation


Two 70ft crash barrier lorries originally designed to protect against roadside bombs are being used for the first time in Europe on Highways England work sites in the West Midlands.

Don’t get ahead of yourselves, council warns drivers


Hertfordshire County Council will spend nearly £1m surface dressing 10 key A-roads but may keep lanes closed to thwart speeding motorists.

TRL’s Wallis discovers new mobility


Rob Wallis is to leave TRL after six years as its chief executive and chief executive of its parent company.

Lane rental cash funds smart traffic light trial


A major utility firm has worked with a local authority and a technology firm to develop ‘smart’ traffic lights that aim to increase traffic flow by up to 24%.

Cold Comfort line-up announced


The show preview and updated programme for Cold Comfort 2019 have been published.

Driverless truck trialled on A14 project


Self-driving trucks are being tested for the first time in England on the UK’s biggest road upgrade project on the A14.

Be bold and brave, Balfour boss tells councils


The head of a major term maintenance contractor has called on local authorities to stick with outsourcing for local roads, despite the collapse of major players in the field and a dearth of bids for contracts.

Griffiths to start on £4m Cross Keys job for Gloucestershire


Tarmac subsidiary Alun Griffiths will start work this month on a £4m roundabout scheme for Gloucestershire County Council.

Mega-pipes get HAPAS approval after complex collaboration


A technically demanding collaboration between Highways England, the British Board of Agrément and the British Plastics Federation has delivered the first-ever HAPAS certification for plastic pipe drainage systems up to a 3500mm diameter.

Does a ‘bad day’ at work really make people riskier drivers?


Dr Mike Clinton, King’s Business School, King’s College London, discusses research into the psychology of dangerous driving. Namely, can a bad day at work really affect how people drive?

Renfrewshire launches £40m spend on 'quality, long-term repairs'


Renfrewshire Council has launched a five-year, £40m roads maintenance programme, which it described as ‘the biggest ever sustained investment in our roads network’.

SWARCO scoops £1.7m NI Roads deal


SWARCO Traffic Ltd has signed a new framework agreement with the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland to provide traffic solutions and smart technologies throughout the country.

Look again at motorway junction signs, watchdog says


The transport watchdog has recommended that junction numbers on motorway signs should be moved to cut crashes at junctions.

Kate to play Fuller part in RSF success story


Campaigning research charity the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) has appointed its first road safety engineering director.

One in four people killed in car crashes not wearing seat belts


A leading road safety charity has called for new measures to increase seat belt use after a report showed a disproportionate number of people dying in cars on the roads are not wearing the compulsory safety devices.

Don't badger the badgers: Council must wait to repair closed road


Gloucestershire County Council has closed a road in the Cotswolds for safety reasons after badger setts were found under the carriageway

TfL to pilot default green man signal


Transport for London is set to trial ‘green man authority’ on ten pedestrian crossings around the city. 

Yotta unveils blueprint for the next level


Technology company Yotta has announced significant new and expanded capabilities to its flagship connected asset management platform, Alloy.

Shoddy reinstatement 'put lives at risk'


BT has received what is thought to be one of the highest fines ever for ‘bad road repairs’, which ‘could have had fatal consequences’ according to the courts.

Will Amey and Birmingham finally part ways?


Reports suggest a final decision may be close in the ongoing disputes between Amey and Birmingham City Council over its PFI debacle.

DfT seeks to capitalise on its 'autonomous ready' vision


The Department for Transport is working on plans to provide local authorities with more financial flexibility on capital and revenue spending, as it seeks to make local roads 'autonomous vehicle ready'.

Highways Heroes: Errol saves the day


As part of our Highways Heroes series - dedicated to colleagues with inspiring work and life stories - we hear about ITS design engineer Errol Allen, who found himself in the thick of things recently and narrowly averted what could have been a fatal incident.

Long read: The voice of the Midlands


The Midlands finally has a real say in roads funding and it’s time to make that influence count, argues Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect.

Bikers urged to think about the cost of the wrong kit


Highways England took its award-winning motorcycle safety campaign to Silverstone to highlight the importance of wearing the right kit.

On the road: Photos highlight AWPR’s new perspectives


A specially-commissioned set of landscape shots by a top Scottish photographer aims to demonstrate the significance and scale of the recently completed Aberdeen bypass.

Product focus: Durham adds another Multihog after beastly blast


Hit hard by last year’s Beast from the East, Durham County Council has put its faith in a small fleet of Multihogs to blow the snow away and save cash.

Apprenticeship Levy should be 'retained locally'


The Apprenticeship Levy should be retained locally as part of moves to support 'local productivity deals' between councils and key businesses, a leading think tank has suggested.

Less cash for surface dressing, despite funding boost


The road surface treatments sector has released a video showing the benefits of surface dressing following a recent fall in councils' use of the technique, despite higher maintenance spending.

Grayling orders councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians


Transport secretary Chris Grayling has ordered councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians by putting up road signs using metric measurements.

Clearview Intelligence installs active road studs along key routes in Guernsey


Transportation solutions company, Clearview Intelligence has installed SolarLite Active Road Studs along the La Neuve Rue at Albecq and Route de la Lague/ Route de Rocquaine

Legal analysis: Dealing with the inevitable


Penny Simmons and Chris Thomas from award-winning international infrastructure law firm Pinsent Masons LLP outline the latest consultation proposals for changes to tax rules relating to personal services companies (PSCs) and the steps businesses should be taking to mitigate their increased tax and HR risks.

Instarmac impresses with live displays at Traffex


One of the stars of Traffex this year was Instarmac, which impressed visitors with its Instarmac Live! stand where delegates were able to watch daily product demonstrations of high performance bedding mortars, backfill and surface repair concretes, from its market leading, highways brand, UltraCrete.

Highways England goes digital, but not naked yet


Highways England plans to rewrite the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCHW) by the end of the next Road Investment Strategy.

The long drive to tackle network inequality


The 2019 Road Surface Treatments Association annual conference last week asked: is the local road network open for business? The answer from a range of industry speakers was: only just.

New passive safety standard to be published


A new EN12767 (Passive Safety) Standard and National Annex is set to be published later this year, changing the way in which existing and new passive products are classified and how they will need to be specified.

DfT hits the right note with Fidler


Stephen Fidler, deputy director in the Department for Transport’s strategic roads division, has been named as its new director of local transport, succeeding Graham Pendlebury, who retires at the end of May.

10% of RIS 1 schemes shelved on value for money grounds


Around 10% of the schemes on Highways England’s original 2015-2020 programme have been kicked into the long grass as they do not provide the necessary return on investment.

King calls smart motorway breakdowns 'terrifying' as safety boost stalls


The president of the AA has criticised Highways England for not acting quickly enough to improve safety on ‘smart motorway’ all lane running schemes, including shortening the distance between emergency refuge areas for broken-down vehicles.

Galliford to cut construction as profit set to fall £40m


Galliford Try has announced a strategic review that will reduce the size of its construction business following worsening financial performance, including on two major Scottish road projects.

Competence framework to help code compliance


Top organisations in the highways sector have released an asset management competence framework to help authorities become compliant with the national code of practice for roads maintenance.

New winter service guidance published


Five new chapters from the key guidance for winter service have been published by the National Winter Service Research Group.

CIHT launches Partnerships Network


Leading professional body the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) launched its Partnerships Network at Traffex, marking a potential step change in how the sector collaborates and shares knowledge.

Collaboration - A Partnership value


Organisations able to keep up with changes in the industry will be the ones who thrive, George Lee, of Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) told Traffex 2019 delegates.

Traffex: A journey into the future


Highways talks to the the creators of the Traffex Future Mobility feature to explain how they see the future of mobility.

WSP: Technology and change on the network


One of the Traffex 2019 event partners, WSP, is at the forefront of the new technology that will change the way we plan and manage our network. Adrian Malone (pictured below) head of digital project delivery at WSP talks to Highways about new systems, digital twins and virtual reality.

Essex launches crackdown on roadworker abuse


Essex County Council has launched a crackdown on roadworker abuse, after seeing almost daily incidents recorded by its highways service Essex Highways -run in partnership with Ringway Jacobs.

Kier Highways becomes Disability Confident Leader


Kier Highways is the first company in the UK construction sector to become a Disability Confident Leader through the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) programme.

New easy-fit anti-terror guardrail passes industry test


Derbyshire-based security products manufacturer Securiscape has released a new version of its anti-terror barrier solution.

Hammersmith Bridge closed to traffic indefinitely


One of London's most beautiful landmarks the iconic Hammersmith Bridge, a 132-year-old Grade II listed structure, has had to be closed to traffic indefinitely after safety checks revealed critical faults.

Riney starts £110m Harrow highways contract


Riney has started work on a contract with Harrow Council to deliver highway services in the north London borough, worth up to £110m over 10 years.

North Yorkshire considers Teckal option in highways revamp


North Yorkshire County Council is considering using a ‘Teckal’ company in order to improve its highway maintenance services.

Triple decker, double deckers and an Angel: A19 roundabout opens


The North East’s first ever triple decker junction, built at a cost of £75m, has opened on time.

£256m upgrade 'makes M6 fit for the future'


Highways England has completed a £265m project to add extra lanes and new technology to a 19-mile stretch of the M6, which it called the most significant change since the motorway first opened in Cheshire in 1963.

Overnight sensation: New superspan gantry in place on M6


Highways England has installed a ‘superspan’ gantry 40 metres long and weighing around 46 tonnes across a stretch of the M6 as part a £234m smart motorway scheme.

NEC could be updated after Heads of the Valleys failures


Changes could be made to the New Engineering Contract and the Welsh Government’s model contract to reflect lessons learned from a long-running dispute over a road scheme.

Chevron snaps up TMS for undisclosed sum


Chevron Traffic Management Ltd has acquired Retford-based Traffic Management Services Ltd (TMS) for an undisclosed sum.

Wales awards first Infrastructure Delivery Partner (IDP) contracts


Transport for Wales has revealed the names of the first companies to win Infrastructure Delivery Partner (IDP) contracts as it ramps up its £738m modernisation programme for the Core Valley Lines.

New roads, new rules: Making the ‘unaffordable’ affordable


In an age of new roads, be they smart motorways, expressways or digital highways, leading public sector bodies and companies are writing new rules and making the seeming impossible achievable - one such group is Kier.

Aimsun unveils new modelling project with TfL


Aimsun announced at Traffex that it has entered an agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to convert the London One Model into Aimsun Next traffic modelling software.

Gibson tells industry: ‘Watch this place’


At the opening session of Traffex, Neil Gibson of council directors’ body ADEPT made a convincing case that the strategic road network could be about to be upstaged.

PTV Group wins new contracts with three major names


PTV Group’s UK growth has continued with three significant new contracts.

Speaking up on transport for the voiceless


Lilian Greenwood, the chair of the Transport Select Committee, told the audience at Traffex '19 that she is driven by a desire to represent people who may not always have a say on transport issues.

Exclusive: Jim O'Sullivan says 'the conventional motorway is over'


The days of the conventional motorway are over and its textbook is set for its last edition, Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan told Highways in an exclusive interview.

Exclusive: Government set to make billions from Apprenticeship Levy


On the second anniversary of the Apprenticeship Levy and as the deadline for employers to claim back their first monthly payments approaches, Highways reveals that only around 13% of the funds have been claimed so far.

Midlands Connect pitches for 20 RIS 2 schemes


Regional transport body Midlands Connect has published a list of 20 road projects it wants to see prioritised under the second national Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) from 2020-2025.

ITS (UK) develops A-F scale to explain connected vehicle milestones


The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society, ITS (UK), has developed a 'scale of connections for Co-operation of Connected vehicles', to mirror the SAE scale for automated ones.

Final day Talking Transport podcast from Traffex and Parkex 2019


The final SWARCO-sponsored Talking Transport from Traffex and Parkex 2019 looks to the future. 

Jenoptik gets Home Office Type Approval for new camera


Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK has announced that its VECTOR SR enforcement camera has achieved Home Office Type Approval, allowing it to be operated as an unattended enforcement device for measuring vehicle speeds.

Redflex launches Halo Edge, its solution to improving air quality


Technology company Redflex has launched of its latest solution to improve air quality and combat climate change through delivery of Clean Air and Low Emission Zones,

Kier: 'Safety in Mind' Part 5


Leading infrastructure firm Kier has released Part 5 of its powerful video campaign Charlie’s Story, raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing issues in the infrastructure sector.

telent scores hat trick of Highways England wins


UK technology and network services company, telent has been handed extensions on all three of its Regional Technology Maintenance Contracts (RTMCs) with Highways England.

Invisible filters


Traffex event partner Siemens discusses its major focus on air quality and enforcement in the light of pollution and policy drivers.

Driving change at Traffex and Parkex


Ahead of Traffex next week, one of the event partners, WSP, discusses the key theme: ‘How technology is driving change on the network’.

Watch out for the Scorpion at Traffex


Road safety vehicle specialist Blakedale will showcase the best of its self-drive traffic management fleet of vehicles at Traffex next week, including a ‘revolutionary’ crash cushion.

MVIS expands team with Highways England signing


Following a rapid expansion in business and personnel, MVIS has appointed its first dedicated customer relationship manager.

Northern Ireland faces £1.2bn backlog


Northern Ireland's roads maintenance backlog has hit £1.2bn, on the back of average annual funding shortfalls of £50m, national auditors have estimated.

New vehicles to be fitted with speed limiters by 2022


From 2022 new cars, vans, lorries and buses sold in Europe could automatically prevent drivers from going over the speed limit.

Rochester trusts FM Conway with £8.5m bridge repairs


FM Conway has secured a £8.5m refurbishment contract with the Rochester Bridge Trust for the town’s key road crossing over the River Medway.

Comment: Specified quality is essential


Instarmac’s Karl Brannigan, national sales manager for UltraCrete, discusses the importance of specifications for highways product certification and product acceptance schemes

ALARM 2019: Councils turn up the heat with Hammond’s cash


The Department for Transport has given details of how councils are spending extra £420m the for local road maintenance announced in the Budget, including repairing a historic bridge.

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Director, Governance and Improvement

City of York Council
£85-95k plus relocation package
We are looking for an exceptional individual to be appointed to the position of Director of Governance and Improvement. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Senior Team Leader

Redbridge London Borough Council
£35,992 to £38,994 per annum inclusive
Looking for individuals with initiative, evidence of experience in managing a street cleansing service and motivating... Redbridge, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Redbridge London Borough Council

Road Safety Engineer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£21,589 - £31,371
We are looking for a candidate who can participate in developing and delivering technically sound highway engineering solutions. Cambridgeshire
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Information Management Officer x 2 Jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£24,799 - £26,317
Looking for better and smarter ways to operate and you will play a key role working across a broad range of service... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Graduate Engineer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,313 - £28,785 per annum
This is an exciting new opportunity in the Highway Services team to play a pivotal role in creating a safe and... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Chief Fire Officer

West Sussex County Council
Competitive Salary plus Financial Support for Recruitment and Retention
We are looking for an exceptional individual who can lead our Fire & Rescue Service Chichester, West Sussex
Recuriter: West Sussex County Council

School Crossing Patrol

Brent Council
£21,591 - £22,377 p.a. inc. pro rata.
Looking for someone that is friendly, has great communication skills and enjoys working with children. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Engineer (Highway Design)

Darlington Borough Council
£31,371 - £33,799
Looking to employ an experienced person within the Highway Design team to meet the challenge of enabling development... Darlington, Durham
Recuriter: Darlington Borough Council

Project Manager – Major Maintenance and Infrastructure Projects 

Liverpool City Council
£42,683 - £47,491 
The successful candidate will ensure that effective procurement and delivery of highways maintenance and improvement. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Green Space Development Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£45,504 - £52,786
The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team and contribute to our commitment to deliver for... Camden, London (Greater)
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Green Space Project Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£40,829 - £47,360
The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team and contribute to our commitment to deliver for the people of Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Senior Principal Planning Officer - Fixed Term

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£39.774 - £42.684
Looking for key members of the team that will be instrumental in transforming the Borough and opportunities available for residents.  Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Career Grade Planner

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£27228 - £36711
In this role you will deal primarily with small-scale planning applications covering a wide range of planning issues. Greenwich, London (Greater)
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Career Grade Planning Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£27.228 - £36.711
We offer a great opportunity to develop your career with a positive approach to development and a desire to put... Greenwich, London (Greater)
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Director of Place and Communities

Ashfield District Council
As the Director for Place and Communities you will provide strategic and operational leadership across a range of key services including Waste... Nottinghamshire
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Highways Operative - 3 Jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£18,426 - £21,166 (plus 20% enhancement if working in the night team)
You will be responsible for providing effective maintenance and development of the Kirklees road network carrying out a range of highway works. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Rights of Way Officer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£26,470 - £28,221
The purpose of the role is to implement and advise on the maintenance, protection, improvement and promotion of access... Cambridgeshire
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Road Safety and Sustainable Transport Assistant

Telford & Wrekin Council
£11.41 - £12.35 per hour
Are you passionate about Road Safety, and want to help educate road users and develop their skills? Wrekin, Telford
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Cambridgeshire County Council
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As an Engineer, you will be required to lead the delivery of a wide range of highway improvements and maintenance projects to... Cambridgeshire
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Head of Highways Infrastructure

Leeds City Council
£72,397 - £79,637
Seeking an exceptional candidate for the position of Head of Highways Infrastructure to lead on the authority’s duty to... Leeds, West Yorkshire
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