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Report finds safer roads are needed for all

08/05/2013

Pedestrian safety measures should look for separate solutions for adults and children, according to a report carried out on behalf of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

Road safety roadshow heads for Scotland

20/09/2013

3M is hosting its latest road safety seminar in Scotland on Wednesday (25 September).

Brake wants ban on use of hands-free phones

18/11/2013

Road safety charity Brake wants the Government to extend the ban on using hand-held mobiles at the wheel to hands-free phones.

M6 extension wins road safety award

12/12/2013

The M6 extension scheme has won a road safety award in recognition of measures put in place to protect drivers and road workers.

TfL to carry out world’s first trial of “intelligent” pedestrian crossing

07/03/2014

New pedestrian technology that is designed to make crossing the road easier and safer is set to be trialled for the first time ever by Transport for London (TfL).

PACTS calls for action over road safety

24/03/2014

A third of a million people will be killed or seriously injured on the roads in Great Britain over the two decades ending 2030 unless the government acts, according to a report commissioned by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

New barriers installed on Erskine Bridge

29/05/2014

Scotland TranServ, working on behalf of Transport Scotland, has completed a vehicle safety barrier replacement project on the Erskine Bridge.

Transport Commissioner welcomes road safety culture

24/06/2014

London’s Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy CBE has praised a programme designed to ensure that a road safety culture is embedded across the construction industry.

UK pushed off top place in road casualty rankings

26/06/2014

The UK no longer tops the international league table for road safety, according to government figures released today (26 June).

Road casualty figures revealed by IAM

29/07/2014

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed the local authority areas that have performed best and worst for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on their roads last year.

A-one+ and Colas win road safety award

11/12/2014

A-one+ and Colas have been awarded a 2014 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

IAM: Put potholes and road safety at top of agenda

10/04/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called on the next government to make road safety and the tackling of potholes a top priority.

RAC and PACTS report shows varied road casualty rates

26/05/2015

Progress made in cutting death and injury on roads across the UK has varied dramatically over the past five years, according to a report carried out by the RAC Foundation and the Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety (PACTS).

Target set to halve road casualties in London by 2020

09/06/2015

The Mayor of London wants to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on the capital’s roads by 2020 compared to the government base line.

Increase in number of people killed on Scotland’s roads

17/06/2015

Two hundred people were killed in reported road accidents in Scotland in 2014 – a rise of 16% on the previous year.

RAC calls for road safety targets

21/09/2015

New casualty reduction targets need to be introduced if the recent increase in people being hurt on the roads is not to be repeated, according to the RAC Foundation.

TfL launches interactive collision map

23/09/2015

TfL and London’s Mayor have launched the capital’s first interactive digital collision map, which they say is part of a continued drive to improve road safety awareness to reduce the number of casualties in London.

IAM wants road safety targets reintroduced

24/09/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for road safety targets to be reintroduced in an effort to reverse the increase in numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads as announced today (24 September) by the government.

Prosecutions for motorists using a mobile while driving fall

19/10/2015

The number of motorists being prosecuted for using their mobile phone while driving has fallen by almost 50%, according to official figures seen by the RAC.

Figures show that three die every day on country roads

22/10/2015

Three people died on country roads every day last year, according to figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).

HE aiming for 40% reduction in KSIs by 2020

05/11/2015

Highways England is aiming for a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the strategic road network by 2020.

TfL wins two international safety awards

09/11/2015

Transport for London’s Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme has been recognised for its rapid success in improving HGV road safety with a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

Drivers distracted by social media, IAM study finds

09/11/2015

Technology and social media provide the biggest distraction to drivers, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s (IAM) first major survey into safety culture.

Man jailed after filming himself speeding at 192mph

09/11/2015

A Northamptonshire man who filmed himself driving high-speed cars on roads at speeds of up to 192mph has been jailed for two years and four months.

New road safety measures revealed

04/01/2016

The Department for Transport has unveiled a raft of measures to improve the safety of Britain’s roads.

Intertraffic 2016 "bigger and better than ever"

04/04/2016

The organiser of Intertraffic Amsterdam says the 2016 show will be the biggest ever, with more than 800 exhibitors and 27,000 visitors.

Report claims cuts to police enforcement are impacting on road safety

22/06/2016

Declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions, according to two new reports on road safety.

Scottish road safety inspections get technology boost

21/07/2016

Road safety inspections in Scotland will be aided by GPS and video capturing software from RouteShoot.

Tougher enforcement for drivers who flout M4 speed limit

25/07/2016

Drivers that flout the variable speed limit restrictions in place along a busy stretch of the M4 around Newport will face tougher enforcement action, says Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates.

Blakedale adds multi-camera system to safety vehicles

24/08/2016

Blakedale has reinforced its commitment to road safety by installing a fully recordable multi-camera system as standard to all new 7.5 tonne traffic management and 18 tonne crash cushion (impact protection) vehicles. 

PACTS report shows Britain has safe roads, but not for pedestrians

21/09/2016

A report published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) suggests that Great Britain has consistently been among the world’s countries with the lowest rates of road deaths, but there are areas where the country does not compare well.

Survey suggests public unconvinced by smart motorway safety

26/09/2016

Eight out of 10 drivers think that the removal of hard-shoulders on smart motorways has made motorways more dangerous than four years ago, according to an AA Populus poll of 20,845 drivers. 

£70m fund to support road safety along HS2 route

12/10/2016

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced £70 million funding to support local communities and road safety along the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands.

Plans for A737 improvements progressing well

03/11/2016

Improvements at the A737 in Beith, Scotland, have moved a step closer with the publication of draft road orders.

Report identifies most improved and high risk roads

14/11/2016

Britain’s most improved and high risk roads have been identified in a report carried out by the Road Safety Foundation.

Campaign launched to encourage safer driving in the rain

29/11/2016

Highways England has launched a new campaign urging drivers to slow down in the rain.

Government urged to set up road collision investigation branch

22/03/2017

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is calling on the Department for Transport to set up a UK Road Collison Investigation Branch in order to help bring down the number of deaths and injuries on the roads.

£9m scheme to improve hairpin bend on A9 goes to market

31/08/2017

The bidding process has been launched for the £9m A9 Berriedale Braes Improvement scheme.

Government announces £7m to get people cycling safely

22/02/2018

Ministers are inviting eight English cities to bid for a share of £6.5m to improve safety for cyclists as part of the Government’s controversial cycle safety review.

Highways England extends deadline for comments on cycling ban

21/02/2018

Highways England has extended the deadline for people to object to its proposal to ban cycling on a section of the A63 in Yorkshire on safety grounds, following a huge number of responses.

Arizona suspends Uber self-drive tests after fatality

27/03/2018

The governor of the US state of Arizona has suspended Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing after a pedestrian was killed in a Phoenix suburb last week.

Hardwired to cut accidents

24/04/2018

'Innovative' Vehicle Activated Signs from SWARCO are helping to reduce accidents at a notorious road junction in Derbyshire.

Highways England uses VR to expose blind spots

26/04/2018

Highways England is using virtual reality to raise commercial drivers’ awareness of their blind spots – particularly those from abroad – and reduce the risk of incidents.

Simple tyre checks could save lives, Highways Engand says

27/04/2018

More than 30 people were killed or seriously injured in motorway crashes in 2016 due to illegal or faulty tyres, but almost three quarters of tyre failure-related motorway incidents could be prevented by simple checks, according to new research.

National road workers report 300 dangerous or abusive incidents a week

09/05/2018

Highways England has revealed that here are nearly 300 incidents of incursions and abuse reported by road workers on the strategic road network every week.

Europe's third mobility package makes big safety push

18/05/2018

The European Commission has announced details of its Third Mobility Package, which includes a target to reduce deaths and serious injuries on EU roads by 50% between 2020 and 2030.

A92 crossing to be installed after Yousaf's promise to parents

06/06/2018

Transport Scotland is to install a signalised pedestrian crossing on the A92 in Fife after the transport minister met the parents of a child who was killed on the road.

Ministers provide £350k for tech to close drink-drive loophole - by 2020

12/06/2018

Ministers have promised ‘swifter justice’ for drink-drivers through new roadside breathalyser equipment but the technology remains unproven and will not be introduced for at least two years.

Scotland achieves road safety targets with years to spare

13/06/2018

Scotland has achieved a major success in road safety taking the country ahead of its 2020 target for reducing road fatalities.

Crash investigation teams to be trialled

13/06/2018

The Government has announced a three-year trial under which dedicated investigation teams will be deployed to UK roads to analyse the cause of road collisions.

Comment: 1,792 people deserve action

18/06/2018

Former director of the Department for Transport and current director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, talks about life’s hardest lessons.

UK lags behind as EU is ‘set to fail’ on road fatality targets

04/07/2018

The EU’s target to halve road fatalities by 2020 now seems likely to be missed, with the UK currently making no major progress, road safety experts have said.

Highways England to trial variable speed limits on motorway roadworks

16/07/2018

Highways England is to test whether speed limits through motorway roadworks can be increased to up to 60mph at weekends or different speeds used in different directions through the same works.

Police forces join dashcam portal to report dangerous driving

26/07/2018

Twenty-one UK police forces have signed up to a newly launched National Dashcam Safety Portal, which makes it easier for motorists to relay videos of dangerous driving that they have witnessed.

Rise in drink-drive deaths and injuries prompts zero tolerance calls

09/08/2018

The number of people killed or injured in drink drive crashes in Britain has risen by 7%, according to the latest official statistics.

Road safety solutions could break tragic summer trend

09/08/2018

Following new statistics showing a rise in drink drive related crashes, deaths and injuries, Jemma Callow of Clearview Intelligence looks at the increased risk of crashes during the summer months and what can be done to make roads safer.

‘Green solutions’ used in replacement bridge

14/08/2018

A council has hailed the road safety improvements and ‘green engineering’ it has introduced in a £580,000 project to replace a road bridge.

Drivers still running red Xs as enforcement stalls

23/08/2018

Highways England has sent 130,000 warning letters in two years to motorway users who wrongly used the hard shoulder or ignored red X warning signs as many continue to flout the law in the absence of automatic enforcement.

Scotland continues safety push with £500k fund

23/08/2018

The Scottish Government has launched a new round of funding to improve road safety in the country.

Don't be a space invader: Highways England launches anti-tailgating campaign

17/09/2018

Highways England has launched a new campaign to alert drivers to the risks of tailgaiting, as new figures show that driving too close to the vehicle in front causes more than 100 people to be killed or seriously injured each year.

Calls for new approach as road fatalities remain 'stubbonly high'

27/09/2018

Motoring groups have called for more effective action to tackle road casualties after the number of people killed on Britain’s roads rose again.

Update: Liverpool flyovers 'likely' to be demolished over safety fears

01/10/2018

The Churchill Way flyovers in Liverpool city centre have closed after a routine inspection found several design and construction flaws.

Highways England and Sustrans 'in tandem' to help cyclists

19/10/2018

Highways England has linked with charity Sustrans to deliver cycling schemes worth £3m as it works to meet its target for cycling improvements in the Road Investment Strategy (RIS).

Highways England must do more for non-motorists, watchdog says

19/10/2018

The transport watchdog has called on Highways England to do more to address the safety fears of cyclists, pedestrians and horseriders.

Campaigners hail 'mayor victory' on Highway Code changes

22/10/2018

Campaigners have welcomed confirmation that planned revisions to the Highway Code will include new measures to promote cycle and pedestrian safety, including the ‘Dutch reach’ method of opening car doors to avoid hitting cyclists.

Exclusive: Labour demands answers over £75m road safety cash

22/10/2018

Labour's shadow road safety minister is to write to the Government to ask what has happened to the unspent £75m from its £175m Safer Roads Fund.

£100m safety scheme ‘will prevent 1,450 deaths and serious injuries’

22/10/2018

A £100m scheme to improve the 48 riskiest local authority A roads in England will prevent almost 1,450 deaths and serious injuries over the next two decades, safety campaigners have said.

Scotland achieves lowest road casualties since records began

24/10/2018

The latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed impressive progress on road safety, with the number of casualties down to the lowest level since records began.

£75m 'would prevent 1,100 fatal and serious injuries'

30/10/2018

A new report has highlighted the 2,549 additional deaths that have occurred on Britain’s roads in the last decade as the long-term trend of casualty reduction has stalled.

Blakedale adds a Scorpion to its collection

09/11/2018

Road safety vehicle hire and sales specialist Blakedale has launched a transatlantic partnership that will see it distribute a new Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) in the UK.

New gritters aim to stand out for safety

13/11/2018

Highways England has rolled out the first of a fleet of new gritters that employ the latest technology and are designed to stand out in winter conditions.

Potholes are top safety risk for bikes, experts say

21/11/2018

Potholes and poor carriageway surfacing have topped a list of risks to cyclists and motorcyclists compiled by road safety experts.

'Bike Smart' campaign highlights rural roads risk

21/11/2018

People on two wheels face a 63 times higher risk of being killed or seriously injured (KSI) per mile travelled than car drivers, a road safety charity has said.

10% of travel on SRN single carriageways ‘unacceptably risky’

21/11/2018

New statistics have revealed that many single carriageway roads on the strategic road network (SRN) present an ‘unacceptably high’ risk to drivers.

Norman in a tangle on 'agenda-setting' safety cash

26/11/2018

The roads sector has been left wondering where £75m originally allocated to the Government's Safer Roads Fund will be spent, after the minister said the fund had 'done its job'.

Dying for capital spending: Local road safety on the ropes

27/11/2018

The head of the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) has raised concerns about the state of local road safety engineering in the UK, suggesting the necessary skills and finance are simply dying out.

RAC Foundation making progress on collision investigation branch

27/11/2018

The RAC Foundation is making progress on the Department for Transport sponsored Road Collision Investigation Project, with the police forces involved, and their allocations from the £480,000 government grant, due to be finalised in early 2019.

Govt report says 20mph zones may not reduce casualty rates

28/11/2018

A long-awaited evaluation of the use of 20mph limit schemes has failed to find evidence of a significant short-term impact on safety but pointed out that they could provide other benefits, including promoting active travel.

Govt accused of failing on road safety in £75m row

06/12/2018

Labour’s shadow roads minister has accused the Government of a record of failure on road safety in the ongoing row over the unspent £75m for improvements to local roads.

Case study: All routes lead to safety

10/12/2018

A £7.5m junction project by South Tyneside Council has delivered a 36% reduction in casualties since it opened in July last year as well as improving flood resilience and journey times, reliability and queue lengths - David Pringle, project manager at South Tyneside Council, explains how.

The traffic light's 150th: TfL changes in favour of pedestrians

11/12/2018

Transport for London (TfL) is marking the 150th anniversary of the world's first traffic light by highlighting how it makes signal controlled crossings better for pedestrians.

ORR 'disappointed' with Highways England safety data delay

13/12/2018

The national roads watchdog has challenged Highways England over its failure to publish long-awaited data on the safety of the strategic road network, Highways has learned.

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