Date last updated: 01/03/2021 09:58:52

Road safety leadership missing in action. Ten years of no targets and no progress

For almost three decades (1983-2010), the UK Government set ambitious casualty reduction targets. The targets were seen as fundamental to the substantial reductions in death and injury that followed. Other countries followed our example. But in 2010 this changed: targets were abandoned and Westminster governments ever since have ducked the issue, paying no heed to the EU target to halve road deaths by 2020, which they endorsed in 2011


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TfL Awards New Contracts to Ensure Safer and More Sustainable Journeys on London’s Roads

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded five new contracts as part of its Surface Transport Infrastructure Construction Framework, which will help ensure walking and cycling projects continue to be delivered to a high standard and that the capital’s road network has safe and well-maintained infrastructure for years to come.


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The Principles of Passive Safety Webinar

Thursday 18 March, Hydro - Pole Products will deliver a webinar on the principles of passive safety.

The European standard for passive safety, EN 12767, has changed. The changes in the standard influence the notation of the passive safety classes of, among other things, lighting columns, signal poles and sign posts.



'Smart motorway' death toll hits record high with 14 people killed on stretches with no hard shoulder in 2019

Figures from last year's Stats-19 accident database, which provides statistics on road accidents that are reported to the police, have shown there were 14 deaths on the controversial highways in 2019 and 11 deaths in 2018. The data, which was collected by the Department for Transport (DfT) but held back from publication in its annual report, also revealed that five people died on the new stretches of motorway in 2017


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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.


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Eurovia UK | Momentum Dynamics and Eurovia UK Announce MOU to Provide Wireless Charging Solutions to UK Cities.

Momentum Dynamics Corporation, a leading provider of wireless charging for electric vehicles, and Eurovia UK, the entity responsible for maintaining and improving over 50,000 kms of the UK’s highway network, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding where the two companies will collaborate to develop wireless EV charging solutions for UK cities and fleets..


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'Abandon smart motorways', says South Yorkshire PCC

Smart motorways should be abandoned so "more serious injuries or fatalities" can be avoided, a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has said.


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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.


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Funding to fix equivalent of ten million potholes allocated to local authorities

Councils across England have today been allocated their share of £500 million for highways maintenance, with the funding expected to fix the equivalent of 10 million potholes across the country.


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Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) welcome independent review of public sector frameworks.

Civils contractors have welcomed news that the UK government has announced an independent review of public sector frameworks and said that reform in this area is “long overdue". The Cabinet Office has announced that professor David Mosey of King’s College London is to lead an independent review of public sector frameworks, with a view to how best to implement best practice as set out in last December’s Construction Playbook.


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Hyundai, Kia say Apple car deal now off

Hyundai Motor Group said Monday it is not now in talks with Apple on autonomous electric cars, just a month after it confirmed early-stage talks with the tech giant, sending the automaker's shares falling.

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Smart motorways are NOT such a clever idea but we are stuck with them, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admits

  • Grant Shapps has ruled out scrapping so-called 'smart motorways' 
  • He said reversing them would require destroying swathes of the Green Belt
  • He insisted roads were now much safer and death rates were lower 

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UK Government invests £20 million into electric vehicle chargepoints

The UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that the government will be investing £20 million into electric vehicle chargepoints. Local authorities are being urged to take advantage of the £20 million funding to expand the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints in towns and cities across the UK.

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2021 IHE Sign Structures Guide - Buchanan Computing edits and facilitates a major revision of the UK’s definitive guide to traffic sign posts and foundations.

The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), Buchannan Computing and Highways England are delighted to announce the release of a major revision of the Sign Structures Guide (SSG). This document, first published in 2007 and now on its fourth edition, has become the standard reference on this subject, and is recommended by the Department for Transport in the Traffic Signs Manual.

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Smart motorways are dangerous, says Yorkshire police chief

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has written to the government to say smart motorways are "inherently unsafe and dangerous and should be abandoned".  The Department for Transport said "smart motorways are as safe as, or safer than, the conventional ones".

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More drivers than ever plan to "go electric" when they next change their cars

Nearly eight-in-10 drivers (78%) think that pure electric cars are still too expensive when compared to conventional vehicles of a similar size, although a steadily increasing proportion are planning to choose one when they next change their car, research from the latest RAC Report on Motoring shows.

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Highways England is planning to run a £5 million TV campaign educating drivers about smart motorways.

The Telegraph reports that the Department for Transport explains that the campaign will “improve people’s confidence in using all types of motorways, including what to do in the event of a breakdown in a live lane.”

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M1 deaths: Coroner calls for smart motorway review

A coroner has called for a review of smart motorways after an inquest heard the deaths of two men on a stretch of the M1 could have been avoided.

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UK on the cusp of a transport revolution, as self-driving vehicles set to be worth nearly £42 billion by 2035

Report revealing the full economic value of self-driving vehicles in the UK released

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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.

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Connected and Automated Vehicles: market forecast 2020

Study analysing the potential future Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) market for the United Kingdom.

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NAL Retention Socket system added to SignLoad

A collaboration between Buchanan Computing and NAL Ltd has added the UK’s leading system of retention sockets to the UK’s most popular sign design software. SignPlot and SignLoad Professional now allow sign foundations to be designed and specified incorporating these sockets. These products enable signs to be rapidly removed for special events and exceptional loads, as well as permitting the quick and economical replacement of damaged supports.

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Highways England Chair announces Acting Chief Executive

Highways England Chair Dipesh J Shah OBE today announced Nick Harris will be Highways England’s Acting Chief Executive from 1 February when Jim O’Sullivan steps down from the role.

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Highways England reassures sector after latest lockdown

Highways England has confirmed that the government-owned company will continue to operate throughout the current national lockdown in a COVID-19 compliant way. The message came from its executive director of commercial and procurement, Malcolm Dare, and followed the prime minister's announcement of a new lockdown due to a spike of COVID cases.


Coventry and Oxford set to be UK’s first all-electric bus cities

Transport Secretary announces the areas that could become the first parts of the UK to run all-electric bus services.

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