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Highways editor interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester

06/11/2013

Highways editor Alec Peachey received a call from the BBC earlier this week to be interviewed about the announcement of the introduction of smart motorways on a 17-mile stretch of the network between Junction 8 of the M60 near Sale and Junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale.

Smart motorways could be on their way to Manchester

06/11/2013

The Highways Agency is consulting over plans to cut congestion and make journey times more reliable on the M60 and M62.

M60 ‘smart motorway’ plan axed by Highways Agency

20/11/2013

Plans for more lanes on a section of the M60 in Manchester have been shelved by the Highways Agency.

M5 hard shoulder trial underway

18/12/2013

The Highways Agency will start testing its newly-installed smart motorway systems on the hard shoulder of the M5 from today (Wednesday 18 December).

Highways Agency delivers smart motorways message

20/12/2013

'Get smart, know your motorways' – that's the message from the Highways Agency as it makes increasing use of technology to make journeys smoother and more reliable for road users.

M25 works progressing well

27/12/2013

Schemes to upgrade the northern and southern sections of the M25 are progressing well with sections of ‘smart motorway’ set to go live from spring 2014.  

Stretch of M1 could get 60mph limit

07/01/2014

The Highways Agency is consulting on a proposal to implement a speed limit of 60mph on a stretch of the M1.  

First section of permanent smart motorway goes live

11/04/2014

The first section of a new generation of motorways has opened on the M25 today (14 April).

Latest smart motorway goes live on M6

16/04/2014

The latest stretch of smart motorway has opened to traffic on the M6 near Birmingham.

New section of smart motorway to open

24/04/2014

Another section of smart motorway will open on the M25 in Kent and Surrey next week.

Four contractors to work on £184m smart motorway project

19/06/2014

Costain is one of four contractors that have been selected to deliver an upgrade to the M60 and M62 motorways on behalf of the Highways Agency.

Green light for new smart motorways

08/07/2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has approved three new smart motorway schemes on the M1 and M3, but has rejected proposals to limit speeds to 60mph between 7am and 7pm seven days a week .

Costain wins smart motorway contracts

11/09/2014

Costain has been awarded two new smart motorway scheme contracts under the Highways Agency’s Major Projects Framework.

80mph speed limit could be introduced on motorways

27/01/2015

The rollout of smart motorways could eventually see the speed limit increased to 80mph, according to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

IAM: Driver education needed on smart motorways

14/04/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for greater driver education on the use of smart motorways.

Crown International wins M25 contract

23/04/2015

Crown International has won a second contract to support the smart motorways speed-enforcement programme.

Recovery teams help over 3,500 smart motorway drivers

02/06/2015

More than 3,500 smart motorway drivers have been given help to get back on the move after breaking down in Greater Manchester.

Crown awarded M3 contract

25/06/2015

Crown International has secured a contract with Balfour Beatty to supply and install roadside masts on a stretch of smart motorway on the M3.

Smart motorways investment for England announced

22/07/2015

Highways England has today appointed six joint-venture companies to design and build 10 smart motorways across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment.

New guidance for smart motorway construction

08/10/2015

Hard shoulder lanes on smart motorways may not have enough strength to cope with heavy goods vehicles, according to infrastructure group Britpave.

Concerns raised about smart motorways

23/02/2016

Parliament’s Transport Select Committee has received reports of concerns about some aspects of smart motorways.

Drivers running out of fuel on smart motorway roadworks

12/04/2016

Figures revealed by Highways England show that an average of one driver a day is running out of fuel on the Manchester smart motorway roadworks.  

Crown wins M5 contract

04/05/2016

Crown International has secured a £375,000 contract with Balfour Beatty to supply and install roadside masts, as part of the smart motorways project on the M5.

RAC welcomes smart motorway safety review

11/05/2016

The RAC has welcomed Highways England's review into the distance between emergency rescue areas on smart motorways.

New posts help highlight refuge areas on smart motorways

08/06/2016

Blakedale is helping to keep smart motorways safe for motorists and maintenance crews with the introduction of a new Advanced Warning Maintenance Indicator (AWMI) post.

Transport Committee calls for halt on ‘all lane running’ schemes

30/06/2016

Motorway hard shoulders should not be used as permanent driving lanes, MPs on the Transport Select Committee have warned.

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. 

New project manager for McCann

27/09/2016

Leading construction firm McCann has appointed Andy Cunnington as project manager to work on the M1 smart motorway upgrade.

TSC: Do not ignore smart motorway safety concerns

29/09/2016

The Transport Select Committee says the government must not ignore safety concerns presented by its recent All lane running report.

Big rise in smart motorway speeding tickets

07/11/2016

The introduction of smart motorways has seen a big rise in speeding fines, according to an investigation by the BBC’s One Show.

Footage shows driver ignoring motorway closure

09/12/2016

CCTV footage released by Highways England shows road workers chasing after a motorist who ignored a road closure on the M60 in Eccles.  

Balfour Beatty VINCI hail 4G modelling for smart motorway project

12/12/2016

Balfour Beatty VINCI, the joint venture working on the conversion of the M5 Junctions 4a to 6 smart motorway project, says it has achieved "significant results" through the use of 4D modelling as a management tool.

Retraining could be offered to smart motorway offenders

10/01/2017

Motorists caught offending on smart motorways may be offered the chance to go on a course rather than getting points and a fine.

AECOM bags £25m deal with HE

30/01/2017

Global infrastructure services firm AECOM has secured five contracts with Highways England worth a total of more than £25 million.

MottMac/Sweco JV delivering Smart Motorway elements

02/02/2017

The Mott MacDonald Sweco joint venture (MMS JV) has been appointed by Highways England to develop the design elements of two smart motorways between junctions 4-11 of the M27 and junctions 9-14 of the M3.

Now that's smart: Coupling innovation set to save £240k

17/04/2018

A manufacturer has given details of how its coupling innovation is set to save a Highways England Smart Motorway project nearly a quarter of a million pounds.

Costain awarded £150m smart motorway contract

04/06/2018

Costain has won the M6 J21a-26 smart motorway contract from Highways England to work on the upgrade between the M62 and M58 junctions in north west England.

Highways England aims for alliance model on smart motorways

20/06/2018

Highways England is planning to adopt a full 10-year alliance model for its smart motorway programme, following a process of market engagement.

Highways England to start £373m smart motorway scheme

12/07/2018

A £373m scheme to upgrade a 23-mile section of the M1 to an all lane running smart motorway is to start next month.

Greater Manchester’s first smart motorway fully operational

06/08/2018

Highways England has announced that the upgrade of the M60 in Greater Manchester to a smart motorway is now complete.

WSP scoops £2.6m smart motorway design work

08/08/2018

WSP has been appointed by Highways England as the designer on two smart motorway contracts worth more than £2.6m.

M6 bridge to come down to make room for all lane running

16/08/2018

Highways England has announced plans to remove a 150-tonne section of concrete bridge across the M6 in one piece to make room for an all lane running smart motorway.

SMART Highways editor explains smart motorways on BBC radio

16/12/2018

SMART Highways editor Paul Hutton has explained some of the technology behind all lane running smart motorways on a BBC Radio Five Live programme examining their safety.

Highways England revises smart motorway delivery

15/02/2019

Highways England has announced changes to the delivery of its a smart motorway programme, including delays to works on the M56 near Manchester Airport and the M6 between Warrington and Wigan, as well as wider technical changes.

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

04/04/2019

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.

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

16/04/2019

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.

Cracks in the road

26/06/2019

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RSTA chief: Plan ahead to prevent cracks on smart motorways

09/07/2019

A senior figure in the sector has called for more proactive asphalt protection planning in utilities works and smart motorway upgrades - warning that a lack of early investment could see cracks appear in motorways.

Highways England pledges further action on smart motorway safety

27/09/2019

Highways England has pledged a range of actions to help reassure road users of the safety of all lane running smart motorways after coming under pressure to step up its game on safety.

Seven in 10 drivers don't trust smart motorways

29/11/2019

More than two-thirds (68%) of drivers in England think removing the hard shoulder on all lane running smart motorways compromises safety for people who breakdown in a live lane, according to the RAC.

Keep on running: Kier goes contraflow for gantry installation

18/12/2019

Kier Highways has installed three large cantilever gantries on a smart motorway project over a nine-night period while the motorway remained open.

Smart motorway death toll is shock to the system

27/01/2020

The Government has told BBC's Panorama that 38 people have been killed on smart motorways over the last five years.

Shapps puts roll-out of smart motorways on hold

31/01/2020

The roll-out of smart motorways has been put on hold due to safety concerns, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

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