28.03.2020

Data from The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey

 



The 2020 ALARM report highlights that highway maintenance budgets have dropped by an average of 16% across England and Wales – back to a level they were at 15 years ago – and the amount needed to bring the network up to scratch has increased to £11.14 billion.



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19.03.2020

SaferRoads International Conference postponed

 



In light of the global COVID-19 outbreak the Safer Roads 2020 International Conference Steering Committee made the difficult decision to postpone the May 12-14 event. The conference has been rescheduled for November 2020 and will be held in Richmond, Va. Exact dates will be announced shortly.



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16.03.2020

Traffex Seeing is Believing 2020 Cancelled

 



Dear Colleague
It is with regret that after very careful consideration, we have had to cancel the upcoming Seeing is Believing exhibition (SIB), due to be held in Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground on 24 - 25 June 2020.......



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14.03.2020

The UK CONCRETE Show Rescheduled to June 3rd & 4th 2020





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12.03.2020

DfT and Highways England publish RIS 2 post budget



Following on from yesterday's budget announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the Department for Transport and Highways England have also issued the long awaited Road Investment Strategy for the period 2020 - 2025 (RIS2).



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12.03.2020

Strategic roads update: smart motorways evidence stocktake



Written statement about the publishing of the smart motorway evidence and stocktake document.



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11.03.2020

Budget announces: The largest ever investment in English strategic roads.



This will provide over £27 billion between 2020 and 2025, enough funding to fill in around 50 million potholes across the country, and unprecedented investment in urban transport, with £4.2 billion for five-year, integrated transport settlements for eight city regions on top of £1 billion allocated to shovel-ready transport schemes...



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04.03.2020

Government provides funding to ensure England’s roads are ‘fit for the 21st century’.



While the Government has pledged nearly £100m to help councils carry out ‘essential’ repairs to their local road networks, its wider roads investment programme could face a legal challenge from environmentalists.



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28.02.2020

HTMA to cease operating



After 15 years of representing the highways maintenance industry, the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) will cease operating. The Association’s members made this decision following the departure of a number of tier 1 highway maintenance contractors from the organisation.



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24.02.2020

Sort my sign, watchdog tells Highways Englands



A new nationwide campaign aims to put pressure on Highways England to improve the quality of its signage and road safety. Road user watchdog Transport Focus has launched said its Sort My Sign campaign, which aims to get road users to report poor signs on the 4,300 miles of the strategic road network (SRN).



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10.02.2020

Government pledges £5bn for bus services and cycling routes



The government has pledged £5bn over the next five years to improve bus and cycling services in England.

Boris Johnson said the extra money will provide more frequent services and simpler, more affordable fares. Chancellor Sajid Javid told the BBC these are the kind of "essential" investments that "people want to see". But Labour has accused the PM of refusing to reverse "£645m-a-year cuts to bus budgets, which have caused thousands of routes to be axed". The announcement comes as the government gave the go-ahead to the HS2 project.



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28.01.2020

Passive Safety UK Guidelines updated JANUARY 2020



Passive Safety UK Guidelines updated JAN 2020



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27.01.2020

Thirty-eight people have been killed on smart motorways in the last five years, the government has told BBC Panorama. It is the first time that the total number of deaths has been reported



Smart motorways have been criticised because they do not have a hard shoulder and drivers who break down can be trapped in the speeding traffic. The network is facing an overhaul with the results of a government review due to be announced shortly.A Freedom of Information (FoI) request sent by Panorama to Highways England revealed that on one section of the M25, outside London, the number of near misses had risen 20-fold since the hard shoulder was removed in April 2014. In the five years before the road was converted into a smart motorway there were just 72 near misses. In the five years after, there were 1,485.



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21.02.2019

Updated PACTS report issued

 

 



In September 2015, in collaboration with the RAC Foundation, PACTS published Road Safety Since 2010.This update incorporates the latest casualty figures (to 2017) and introduces some additional analysis, including casualty rates in relation to population and an analysis of casualty trends on the Strategic Road Network in England. It provides a brief commentary on the trends for the UK and the differences between parts of the UK; but it does not seek to explain the reasons for them. Given the increasing devolution of powers and spending, and divergence of policy, we believe this is useful exercise. As far as we know, this information is not readily available elsewhere.



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04.01.2019

NICE: New roads should prioritise cyclists and pedestrians.

 

 



Pedestrians, cyclists and public transport should be given priority over cars when roads are built or upgraded, to encourage more physical activity, the UK's health watchdog has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says roads should be "safe, attractive and designed" to help people use their cars less. It has issued a set of draft guidelines for planners and local authorities.

The Department for Transport said it supported such policies.



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16.12.2018

MPs want halt to smart motorway rollout over safety concerns. The rollout of smart motorways, where the hard shoulder has been permanently converted into a fourth lane, should be stopped, a group of MPs says.

 

 



The all-party group backed campaigners who say having no hard shoulder puts motorists and recovery workers at risk. England has more than 100 miles (161km) of All Lane Running (ALR) smart motorways, with 225 miles more planned. MP Tracey Crouch said the rollout should be paused, but Highways England said ALR smart motorways were safe.



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22.11.2018

The Government has pledged to give councils the power to use CCTV to tackle parking in mandatory cycle lanes, as part of an action plan to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

 



The action plan includes around 50 proposals from the Department for Transport (DfT) following a cycling and walking safety review. There will also be a £100,000 investment to support the police to develop a national back office function to handle footage provided by the public including helmet cam and dash cam evidence.



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28.10.2018

Local councils in England are to get an extra £420m to tackle a growing number of potholes.

 

 

 



In the budget, Mr Hammond will announce £25.5bn for Highways England for major road upgrades between 2020 and 2025 - largely funded by vehicle excise duty. It will be the first time the tax has been "ring-fenced" for use on the roads. An extra £3.5bn of "new money" will be allocated to major local routes, which fall under the remits of local councils.



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10.10.2018

Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

 

 

 



Driverless taxis - the transport of the future?

I'm guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me.

A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars, and, what's more, the internal combustion engine will have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

Yes, it's a big claim and you are right to be sceptical, but the argument that a unique convergence of new technology is poised to revolutionise personal transportation is more persuasive than you might think.

The central idea is pretty simple: Self-driving electric vehicles organised into an Uber-style network will be able to offer such cheap transport that you'll very quickly - we're talking perhaps a decade - decide you don't need a car any more.

 

 



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02.10.2018

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the first of the 'major road' schemes, although the Department for Transport (DfT) has yet to reveal the network itself

 

 

 



In his Conservative Party conference speech, Mr Grayling said: 'We’re also upgrading the Major Road Network – the next tier down of roads which play such an important part in good regional connections.

 

 



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17.09.2018

‘Don’t be a Space Invader’ – stay safe, stay back says Highways England

 

 



Stay safe, stay back - that is the message from Highways England today as it reveals the extent - and impact - of tailgating on the country’s major roads and motorways.

 

 



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18.07.2018

ORR ANNUAL ASSESSMENT OF HIGHWAYS ENGLAND’S PERFORMANCE April 2017-March 2018

 



The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) independently monitors Highways England’s management of the strategic road network – the motorways and main A-roads in England.

 

 



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16.07.2018

Acting on feedback from road users, Highways England is working hard to reduce drivers’ frustration with roadworks

 



Drivers could be allowed to travel at increased speed through motorway roadworks depending on what day of the week they are travelling, under new plans from Highways England. Following earlier trials to increase the speed limit through roadworks from 50mph to 55mph or even 60mph, the company is going to test if varying speed limits could safely be operated within a set of roadworks without increasing the risks to either drivers or road workers. For example the speed could be increased to 60mph on a Sunday if there is less activity taking place, and then brought back down to 50mph when road workers are working within a few feet of passing traffic. It is also exploring if different speed limits could operate within one set of roadworks. This could mean people commute to work on one carriageway at 50mph as they are nearer the workforce, but drive home on the other carriageway at 60mph as the road workers are further away.

 

 



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13.07.2018

New plans to update road safety laws to protect cyclists and pedestrians



Consultation to look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for dangerous cyclists.

 

 



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04.04.2018

New streetlights HEALTH RISK: Experts say LEDs could damage your retinas

 



MODERN streetlights could be disrupting people's sleep and even causing lasting damage to their eyesight, health chiefs have warned. Councils are switching to LED lighting because they are cheaper to run and result in lower emissions. But Public Health England (PHE) said many people found them "uncomfortable" and said in the long term they could cause damage to the retina of the eye.

 

 



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29.03.2018

Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey 2018

 



Each year the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) commissions an independent survey of local authority highway departments in England and Wales. Its aim is to take a snapshot of the general condition of the local road network, based on information provided directly by those responsible for its maintenance, thus providing a means of tracking any improvement or deterioration. At the same time, questions are asked related to funding, the type of maintenance carried out and the issues affecting maintenance service levels, to help provide context to the results.

 

 



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26.03.2018

Pothole repairs: Councils to get extra £100m for road damage.

 



The funds would "help patch nearly two million potholes" across the country, the transport secretary said An extra £100m is being shared among councils in England to fund repairs to roads damaged by recent storms, the transport secretary has announced. Chris Grayling said the money would help patch up nearly two million potholes and protect roads from future severe weather conditions. The government said it was also giving money to councils investing in "pothole spotting" technology, which would detect potholes before they occur.

 

 



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20.03.2018

Thousands of miles of UK roads in poor condition

 



Some 10% of the road network maintained by local authorities in Great Britain is in poor condition, or has been flagged for further inspection. About 37,000 kilometres (22,990 miles) across England, Wales and Scotland fell below top standard in surveys carried out on behalf of the Department for Transport.

The RAC said the road network had suffered from years of underinvestment.

The government said it was investing £6bn in improving local roads.

 

 



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13.03.2018

Spring Statement: Hammond opens bids for £840m transport pot

 



Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, today (13 March 2018) who said city regions will be able to submit a proposal to government, helping identify those with the strongest case for investment..

 

 



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06.03.2018

Government to review driving laws in preparation for self-driving vehicles

Three year regulatory review to pave the way for self-driving vehicles.

 



The government has commissioned a detailed review of driving laws to ensure the UK remains one of the best places in the world to develop, test and drive self-driving vehicles. Roads Minister Jesse Norman today (6 March 2018) announced the start of a 3-year review by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission to examine any legal obstacles to the widespread introduction of self-driving vehicles and highlight the need for regulatory reforms. The work will be crucial in examining how current driving laws – designed with traditional motoring in mind – can support the next generation of vehicles.

 

 



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06.03.2018

POTHOLES have contributed to the death or serious injury of almost 400 cyclists over the past decade, official figures show.

 



The number of serious cycling accidents caused by crumbling roads has also hit the highest level in almost ten years. Four cyclists died and 60 were seriously injured in 2016, the latest year for which official statistics are available. This compares with two fatalities and 15 serious injuries in 2007. Between 2007 and 2016, 22 cyclists died and 368 were badly hurt, according to figures published by roads minister Jesse Norman after a parliamentary question from Labour MP Catherine West. The statistics covered the number of accidents where police reported that a ‘ poor or defective road surface’ was a ‘contributory factor’. Mr Norman also revealed that ‘inadequate or masked signs or road markings’ contributed to the serious injury of 71 cyclists and the death of two between 2007 and 2016. This includes faded road markings at junctions.

 

 



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02.02.2018

Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending September 2017

 



There were 1,720 road deaths in the 12 months ending September 2017 - 4% fewer than in the corresponding period ending September 2016. A total of 27,010 people were killed of seriously injured, but the DfT says this should not be compared to previous years due to changes in the casualty reporting systems used by police forces. There were 174,510 casualties of all severities – a year-on-year fall of 5%.

 

 



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24.01.2018

Motorists should be charged for using the UK's road network based on personal circumstances, a new report says.



Drivers currently pay fuel and vehicle taxes, but road pricing is limited to certain toll roads and schemes such as London's congestion charge. However, a group of infrastructure engineers has said that approach is "failing", because revenue from those existing taxes is "drying up". The government said it was investing £15bn in the road network. The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), which represents companies involved in designing the UK's infrastructure, admitted some people were suspicious of road pricing. However, in its report "Funding Roads for the Future" it said charges for road usage should be introduced which took into account:

whether a driver's journey was on motorways or country lanes

the time of day

how much congestion was on the network

drivers' financial circumstances - for example, whether they were students, pensioners or unemployed

 

 



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15.01.2018

Carillion go into liquidation



Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK's second biggest construction company. However, the government will provide funding to maintain the public services run by Carillion.

 

 



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04.01.2018

Highways England starts market talks on £6bn tunnel projects



Highways England has started an engagement process to identify suppliers interested in working on its two major tunnel projects – the A303 Stonehenge project and the Lower Thames Crossing. It plans to hold an event for interested parties for the two projects in March, although it stressed that each will be procured individually

 

 



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22.11.2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond put the ‘technical revolution’ surrounding transport at the heart of his Budget today but added that while 'our future vehicles will be driverless, they’ll be electric first'.



Mr Hammond said the electric car revolution was a change that needs to come ‘as soon as possible for the sake of our planet’. The Treasury pledged to support the transition to zero emission vehicles by regulating to support the wider roll-out of charging infrastructure investing £200m, to be matched by private investment, into a new £400m Charging Investment Infrastructure Fundcommitting to electrify 25% of cars in central government department fleets by 2022 providing £100m to guarantee continuation of the Plug-In Car Grant to 2020 to help consumers with the cost of purchasing a new battery electric vehicle. These measures should help tackle the twin Achilles' heels of electric cars – cost and driving range anxiety

 

 



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22.10.2017

Motorway roadworks speed limit could be increased



Speed limits for motorway roadworks could be raised in England under plans aimed at reducing congestion. Currently the normal speed for such stretches of road is 50mph (80km/h). But trials carried out by Highways England found drivers' heart rates were lower when they drove at 55mph (88km/h) and 60mph (96km/h) through roadworks. The government-owned company said the new limits could come into effect in some areas this year, but unions warn it would put motorway workers at risk.

 

 



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18.10.2017

Traffic jams: UK's worst motorway disruption revealed



The worst traffic jams in the UK left drivers facing up to 15 hours of disruption and tailbacks. A fuel spill, broken down vehicles and an emergency viaduct repair were behind the most severe delays. Traffic analysts Inrix said drivers and businesses lost millions of pounds in wasted fuel and time. They looked at disruption on motorways and A roads between September 2016 and August 2017. The M5 in Somerset saw the longest disruption and biggest tailbacks while three of the top five were on the M6.

 

 



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02.10.2017

Recycled Plastic Used to Patch UK Roads



Plastic roughly equivalent to that used in 800,000 carrier bags and 500,000 bottles has found itself a new permanent home in Cumbria, where it's doing some good for once instead of getting in the sea and toxifying the planet. Cumbria council has been testing a new pothole patching system that mixes recycled plastic in with the asphalt, which uses recycled plastic as part of its tarmac recipe to ensure the newly filled roads outlast civilisation.

 

 



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25.09.2017

Road Map 2025: in pursuit of vision zero



Euro NCAP has launched Road Map 2025, setting out a timeline for the introduction of new automated driving technologies. The report outlines - for the first time - the priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience. Road Map 2025’s objective is to offer clarity and confidence to motoring consumers, highlighting the benefits of new automated driving technologies, while also helping to ensure their safety potential is fully realised.

 

 



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25.08.2017

'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads



The technology has already been trialled in the Netherlands using two lorries, with the lead truck having control. Small convoys of partially driverless lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle "platoons". Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. But the head of the AA said platoons raised safety concerns. The TRL will begin trials of the technology on test tracks, but these trials are expected to move to major roads by the end of 2018.

 

 



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06.08.2017

Investment to create a more reliable, less congested and better connected transport network that works for the users that rely on it.



The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP published a Transport investment strategy, setting out how we will build on that progress and – through the investment decisions we go on to take – how we will respond realistically and pragmatically to today’s challenges and deliver a transport network that works for everyone.

 

 



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21.07.2017

Highways England is performing well against most of its performance targets but has areas for improvement, according to the latest report from its regulator.



The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the official ‘monitor’ of the Government-owned company. Its Annual Assessment of Highways England’s Performance found that Highways England is meeting its targets to keep traffic flowing while delivering its programme of major improvements.

 

 



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13.07.2017

Drivers seen as 'wallets on wheels' as councils hike parking charges



Drivers are being viewed as "wallets on wheels" as two thirds of English councils cut their highways budgets despite increases in parking revenue, a study has warned. Some 62 per cent of local authorities have reduced their expenditure on services such as road maintenance, street lights and school crossing patrols since 2016/17, according to the AA.  But the motoring organisation also found that more than 200 of the 363 councils examined are seeking to increase their parking income by raising fees for on and off street parking and residential permit schemes.

 

 



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06.07.2017

Volvo goes electric across the board



Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019. The Chinese-owned firm, best known for its emphasis on driver safety, has become the first traditional carmaker to signal the end of the internal combustion engine. It plans to launch five fully electric models between 2019 and 2021 and a range of hybrid models. But it will still be manufacturing earlier models that have pure combustion engines. Geely, Volvo's Chinese owner, has been quietly pushing ahead with electric car development for more than a decade. It now aims to sell one million electric cars by 2025.

 

 



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06.07.2017

Volvo goes electric across the board



Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019. The Chinese-owned firm, best known for its emphasis on driver safety, has become the first traditional carmaker to signal the end of the internal combustion engine. It plans to launch five fully electric models between 2019 and 2021 and a range of hybrid models. But it will still be manufacturing earlier models that have pure combustion engines. Geely, Volvo's Chinese owner, has been quietly pushing ahead with electric car development for more than a decade. It now aims to sell one million electric cars by 2025.

 

 



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05.07.2017

Rural towns and villages across England could get a share of £1billion a year to build bypasses and protect beauty spots from the “misery of lorries and thundering traffic”, ministers will announce today.



The Major Road Network plan will, for the first time, allow councils to apply for funding for smaller local a-roads paid for out of vehicle excise duty.Schemes that help protect villages, curb bottlenecks and boost businesses could win funding and those that can be delivered quickly will get priority. Business groups and road safety campaigners last night welcomed the news, as ministers claimed the investment would boost the UK’s productivity and help small businesses around the country.

 

 



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05.07.2017

Crumbling roads to get £1bn upgrade: Councils to use money to revamp A-roads and fix bottlenecks that blight the transport network



Chris Grayling announced a multi-billion fund for local roads last night. Two years ago, George Osborne said every penny in Vehicle Excise Duty would go on the country's crumbling roads. In 2017/18, £5.8bn was collected from VED and Grayling says £1bn is for councils. But they won't get the money until 2020 after a period of consultation 

 

 



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23.06.2017

Green light for UK driverless car road trials



A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads. Autodrive – a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors – showed off how autonomous cars can talk to each other. It included warning drivers when an emergency vehicle was approaching and offering real-time traffic information. The first set of public road trials are due to take place in Milton Keynes and Coventry by the end of the year. A fleet of up to 40 self-driving pavement-based ‘pods’ will also be introduced in pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes.

 

 



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12.06.2017

Call for more road investment as pothole-related breakdowns rise



Fleets endured a winter of discontent, with pothole-related breakdowns on the rise, according to newly released figures. Despite mild and comparatively dry winter conditions, the RAC’s patrols attended 63% more pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of 2017 than they did over the same period in 2016.

 

 



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01.06.2017

Provisional Road Traffic Estimates Great Britain: April 2016 - March 2017



Provisional estimates show that motor vehicle traffic was at a record high in the year ending March 2017. The provisional figure, of 324.3 billion1 vehicle miles travelled on Great Britain’s roads in the year ending March 2017, was 1.7% higher than the previous year. This is a record level, 3.2% higher than the pre-recession peak in the year ending September 2007. Rolling annual motor vehicle traffic has now increased each quarter in succession for four years

 

 



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12.05.2017

Cutting edge technology that could cut congestion on UK roads



Experts say the presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go habits of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency. The findings show that self-driving cars and related technology may be even closer to revolutionising traffic control than previously thought.

 

 



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26.04.2017

Technology will have a bigger impact on the highways sector than Brexit



The key findings of the inaugural FITZ Index survey suggest that technology and automation will have a more significant impact in the roads sector in the UK than Brexit. FITZ Index polled over 200 respondents, drawn from across the highways sector, to find out what they thought about a range of current issues. The results, from the heart of the industry, reveal a sector confident that political change will not affect growth, and instead is readying to adapt to technological change.

 



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25.04.2017

Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019



A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. The Driven group also plans to try out a fleet of autonomous vehicles between London and Oxford. The cars will communicate with each other about any hazards and should operate with almost full autonomy - but will have a human on board as well. Previous tests of driverless vehicles in the UK have mainly taken place at slow speeds and not on public roads. The Driven consortium is led by Oxbotica, which makes software for driverless vehicles. Founder Prof Paul Newman, of Oxford University, said: "We're moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle to fleets of autonomous vehicles - and what's interesting is what data the vehicles share with one another, when, and why."

 



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07.04.2017

Self-driving cars need well-maintained roads, study argues.



A report for the RAC Foundation by the consultancy CAS said autonomous or self-driving vehicles rely on being able to ‘read the road’ and make allowances for potholes, poor road markings and complicated signals. The report, Readiness of the road network for connected and autonomous vehicles, found human drivers have four areas of competence which autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be required to replicate. These are observation, analysis, decision-making and taking effective action. The report’s author, Dr Charles Johnson, said ‘all four levels of ‘cognitive performance’ required by AVs will have implications for infrastructure since the last three will all be dependent on the accuracy of the first.’



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28.03.2017

Councils 'face funding gap' to fix roads



One in six roads across England and Wales are in such a bad state they must be repaired within the next five years, according to local authorities. The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) found that 17% of roads were in "poor" condition. The government is planning to invest £1.2bn in roads this year, which includes repair and maintenance. But authorities say it will take an average of 12 years and £12bn to bring the local network "up to scratch". The survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) found the funding gap narrowed last year between what local highway teams received and what they actually needed to repair and maintain roads. Despite that, councils were still nearly £730m short last year of what was required to keep the network in "reasonable order", it said.



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14.03.2017

Intel buys driverless car technology firm Mobileye



US chipmaker Intel is taking a big bet on driverless cars with a $15.3bn (£12.5bn) takeover of specialist Mobileye. Intel will pay $63.54 a share in cash for the Israeli company, which develops "autonomous driving" systems. Mobileye and Intel are already working together, along with German carmaker BMW, to put 40 test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year. Intel expects the driverless market to be worth as much as $70bn by 2030.



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08.03.2017

Budget 2017 summary: Key points at-a-glance



Budget 2017 summary: Key points at-a-glance

The government is funding improvements to transport infrastructure, including:

£690 million for new local transport projects, to improve congestion on roads and public transport

£220 million to improve congestion points on national roads, with £90 million going to the North and £23 million to the Midlands

supporting local projects in the next twelve months like improvements on the A483 corridor in Cheshire and on the Leicester Outer Ring Road



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01.03.2017

Best of the best of 2016 recognised at Highways England Supplier Recognition Awards



Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England said:

“We need and value the expertise, ambition and innovation our supply chain partners bring, because without them we cannot deliver the £15 billion Government investment.

“We have achieved a great deal  since April 2015, and there is much more to do. We are responsible for the largest road building programme in a generation, and have thousands of miles of road network that need to be maintained to a high standard. It is imperative that we achieve this while keeping our network open to traffic, and ensuring the safety of our customers and workforce.

“That is what our awards are all about, recognising the contribution our supply chain partners make to the important work we do.”



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20.02.2017

UK congestion costs economy £30.8bn a year



New data has revealed the UK is the fourth most-congested developed country in the world and the third most congested in Europe. According to traffic data giant Inrix, drivers in the UK spent an average of 32 hours in traffic last year in peak times, costing the economy £30.8bn, or £968 per driver. London is the UK's most congested city, with motorists spending 73 hours in traffic in rush hours last year, with Inrix estimating the gridlock cost the capital's economy £6.2bn.



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19.02.2017 Car maker Ford is working on a new mapping service that could show drivers in real-time when and where potholes appear on the roads around them.

The map, which is currently being researched by the car giant and is due to begin testing later this year, would crowdsource information from users and then display detailed road guides on an interactive map, including details on pothole severity and alternative routes in order to avoid them. According to Ford, a pothole damage claim is made in the UK every 17 minutes at an average cost of £432.



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13.02.2017 Charity warns of gridlock Britain

New provisional figures from the Department for Transport show that motor vehicle traffic has reached a record high. In the year ending December 2016 car traffic increased by 0.7 per cent  to a record high of 249.5 billion vehicle miles and HGV traffic grew by 2.8 per cent overall to 17.1 billion vehicle miles. The report suggests that this rise is partly due to the growth in the economy as well as lower fuel prices.



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09.02.2017

£35m investment in Berkshire roads and railways could create 12,000 jobs



More than 12,000 jobs and 11,000 new homes could be created in Berkshire thanks to £35.56 million of Government funding. That is according to the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which successfully bid for what is known as local growth funding. It says the cash will be invested into seven projects which aim to improve connectivity and productivity in Berkshire.



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31.01.2017 Britain is on track to lead the way in developing the technology, claims the Transport Secretary, ahead of the new Bill.

A new Bill will deal with insurance claims if the cars are involved in an accident, reports the Birmingham Mail. The aim is to remove legal obstacles which prevent vehicles which drive themselves, known as intelligent or autonomous vehicles, from being tested on the streets of the UK. Jaguar Land Rover is among firms investing millions into developing so-called autonomous vehicles. Speaking to the Mail at Westminster, Mr Grayling said: “We will soon have a Bill that will do things like addressing the insurance issue for driverless cars.



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24.01.2017 The Government has pledged to invest billions into new roads, tech development and autonomous vehicles in next four years

The UK’s transport sector will see billions of new investment directed towards it over the next four years, as the Government has pledged to improve road standards while accelerating the development of electric and autonomous vehicles. MPs have also promised to upgrade the wider transport infrastructure in a new modern Industrial Strategy paper.



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17.01.2017 Cycling Action Plan for Scotland

The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland published in 2010 stated a vision, shared across the CAPS landscape outlined in Annex B, that “by 2020,10% of all journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike”.  This vision evolved from extensive public consultation about barriers to increased cycle use and was developed in partnership with a wide range of interested organisations.



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13.01.2017

£1.2 billion local roads funding to improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times



Councils across England are today finding out their share of £1.2 billion local roads funding for the 2017 to 2018 financial year, Transport Minister Andrew Jones has announced.



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11.01.2017 Smart motorway offenders could be offered retraining

Drivers caught offending on so-called smart motorways in England could be offered re-education courses by police. Smart motorways operate variable speed limits and can open the hard shoulder to traffic to reduce congestion. Police chiefs said the new road rules were confusing motorists and more awareness was needed.



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09.01.2017

Councils have warned that 2017 could be a tipping point for tackling potholes with the prospect of a repair bill costing £14 billion in two years amid budget cuts.



Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) showed repairs for potholes in England and Wales is several times more than the councils’ entire annual revenue spending on highways and transport, which was £4.4 billion in England during 2016.



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05.01.2017 Dementia rates 'higher near busy roads'

Dementia rates 'higher near busy roads' People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia, research published in the Lancet suggests.



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03.01.2017 Plans to build 48,000 new homes in the countrys first ever garden villages include major upgrades to local transport infrastructure.

The 14 villages in areas such as Devon, Derbyshire, Cornwall and Cumbria, will number between 1,500 and 10,000 new homes and will have access to a 6m fund over the next two years to support their delivery.



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30.12.2016 Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways with a driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls.

Learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways before passing their driving test under new plans set out today (30 December 2016) by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.



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20.12.2016 Sober enough to read this?

Charity appeals to drivers: not a drop, not a drag this festive season, as police crackdown starts.

Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on drivers to stay sober if driving over the Christmas period – not a drop, not a drag – or plan to get home by taxi or public transport, to prevent devastating casualties.



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15.12.2016

Highways England awards new-style contracts worth over £300 million in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and the North East



Highways England has awarded four new style contracts worth over £300 million which will help improve journeys for road users in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and the North East of England. Two maintenance and response contracts expected to be worth up to £262 million and running for up to 15 years have been awarded to Kier Highways Limited and CH2M Costain Joint Venture as part of Highways England’s new delivery arrangements.



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13.12.2016 WE KNOW WHAT TO DO TO REVERSE ROAD DEATHS:

Worldwide, 1.25 million people die on the roads every year and up to 50 million children, women, men are injured — many of them for life. Road crashes are the 8th leading cause of death globally, and the primary cause of death for young people aged 15-29, leaving millions of families in despair, wrecking entire communities and causing severe human and economic loss for nations. We must scale up our efforts to stop it, and we must do so fast.



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10.12.2016 Doctors call for ban on diesel engines in London

A campaign led by medical professionals is calling for all diesel cars to be banned from London. Doctors Against Diesel claim 9,400 Londoners a year die prematurely from breathing in toxic fumes from diesel engines. Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have committed to a ban on diesel vehicles by 2025. Opponents to the campaign have called the proposals "impractical" and warned a blanket ban could "backfire".



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07.12.2016

Government invests over £2.5 million in new technologies and ideas to futureproof UK transport sector



A £2.5 million package of awards for companies, individuals and academics to make travelling safer, quicker and more reliable has been announced by the government.



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05.12.2016

Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives



Mayor’s proposed investment gets near levels seen in cycle-friendly nations such as Netherlands and Denmark. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has promised to spend £770m on cycling initiatives over the course of his term, saying he wants to make riding a bike the “safe and obvious” transport choice for all Londoners.



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04.12.2016 Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

Government acts to introduce life sentences for causing death by dangerous driving

Life sentences for careless drivers who kill whilst under the influence of drink or drugs

New, 3 year jail terms for careless drivers causing serious injury



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01.12.2016 Local authorities should consider lower speed limits, clean air zones and even redesign speed bumps in a bid to reduce air pollution, health experts say.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said "smooth" driving would cut air pollution, linked to 25,000 deaths a year in England.

Its recommendations include:

More 20mph speed limits in congested residential areas

Re-designing speed bumps to stop cars speeding up and slowing down between them

Restrictions on engine idling during short stops such as outside schools and hospitals

More charging points for electric cars in residential areas

Placing the most commonly-used rooms in new houses away from polluting roads

Training drivers to be more fuel efficient by driving more smoothly



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29.11.2016 Highways England is launching a new safety campaign

Highways England is launching a new safety campaign warning drivers that ‘when it rains, it kills’ after the latest statistics showed that people are 30 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads in rain than in snow.



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28.11.2016 Planned roadworks in and around the M25: weekly summary for Monday 28 November to 4 December 2016

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 25 November 2016 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.



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25.11.2016 Roads to become safer for motorcyclists

Highways England, the company responsible for running over 4000 miles of England’s motorways and major trunk roads, is to become the third partner in a landmark collaboration to improve motorcycle rider safety. The government owned company will join the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) as an equal partner in facilitating practical changes to roads, set out in a jointly written whitepaper: “Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity: A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework.”



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23.11.2016 Autumn Statement 2016 transport announcements

This document sets out the detail of a major new investment package to improve our transport networks, funded through the National Productivity Investment Fund. This package includes £1.1 billion in funding to improve our local roads and transport networks, £220 million to fix congestion at key strategic road pinchpoints and a £390 million investment in future transport technologies such as ultra low emission and connected and autonomous vehicles.



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21.11.2016 Philip Hammond to announce 1.3 billion pound UK road network revamp

PHILIP Hammond will launch a major investment programme to ease congestion on the country’s gridlocked roads and get Britain moving. In a victory for the Sunday Express Get Britain Moving crusade, infrastructure investment will be at the heart of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, with £1.3billion earmarked for improving our roads. Alongside Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, he is prioritising projects which will have an immediate impact and help fire up the nation’s economic infrastructure, all part of plans aimed at closing the UK’s productivity gap. The money will primarily be spent on small projects, to relieve congestion and upgrade existing networks.



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14.11.2016 Making Road Travel as Safe as Rail and Air

We no longer need accept road deaths. The annual death toll can be driven towards zero and travel on our road system can be made as safe as on rail and air. It is a goal achievable within a generation. (Lord Whitty of Camberwell Chairman, Road Safety Foundation).



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08.11.2016 Smart motorways catch more than 1,000 speeding drivers a week

More than 1,000 motorists a week are being caught speeding on the UK's smart motorways, police figures suggest. Last year, 52,516 fixed penalties were issued on 11 smart sections, including on stretches of the M1, M25 and M6. This compared to 2,023 on the same stretches in 2010-11, before they were upgraded to smart motorways - which use the hard shoulder and variable speed limits to control traffic flow.



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03.11.2016 Code of Practice 'Well-managed highway infrastructure'

'Well-managed highway infrastructure' superceds the previous Codes 'Well-maintained Highways', 'Well-lit Highways' and 'Management of Highway Structures'.  This was published on 28 October 2016.  The new Code can either be adopted straightaway by authorities or they have until October 2018 to adopt a risk based approach.



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31.10.2016 The first self-driving cars to be operated by ordinary British drivers will be left deliberately unmarked so that other drivers will not be tempted to take them on, a senior car industry executive has revealed.

One of the biggest fears of an ambitious project to lease the first autonomous vehicles to everyday motorists is that other road users might slam on their brakes or drive erratically in order to force the driverless cars into submission, he said. This is why the first 100 self-driving 4×4 vehicles to be leased to motorists as part of a pilot scheme on busy main roads into London will look no different than other Volvos of the same model, said Erik Coelingh, senior technical leader at Volvo Cars. The scheme will start in 2018.



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28.10.2016 Could strict enforcement of speed limits be bad for safety?

Strictly enforced speed limits could have a ‘detrimental impact on road safety’, according to new research from The University of Western Australia (UWA). The study took place after the government in Queensland, Australia began issuing fines to motorists caught driving as little as 1km/h over the speed limit. It concluded that when they are aware of strict limits, drivers dedicate more attention to monitoring their speed than detecting hazards.



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26.10.2016 Digital solution delivers single view of severe weather information

Highways England has launched a £5 million integrated weather information system developed by the Civica Group, to enable better management of the nation’s main roads during times of severe weather and to support its aims of keeping the road network free flowing and safe.



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22.10.2016 Transport Secretary announces multi-million pound motorway improvements to unlock thousands of homes and jobs

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced Highways England road improvement schemes worth up to £20 million that will create thousands of jobs and homes in the South West. The improvements to the M4 and M5/A30 will unlock the development of more than 3,300 homes and create more than 6,000 jobs for people living in Swindon, Exeter and Weston-super-Mare.



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20.10.2016 Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Study - A Major Road Network for England

Roads are vital to the economy and for mobility to support quality of life. They account for 89% of all personal travel – by car, bus, coach, cycle and motorbike - and 86% of all inland freight movement. England’s economy – nationally and regionally – needs a designated, coherent network of major roads with a good geographical coverage. They must be fit for purpose to meet the needs of business and society – an economic backbone for the country.



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17.10.2016 Electric vehicles could go first at traffic lights under UK clean air zone plans

Drivers of electric vehicles could be allowed to use bus lanes in five UK cities and even go first at traffic lights, to tackle illegal levels of air pollution, the government has suggested. Launching its consultation on clean air zones to be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton, the environment department said air pollution killed 50,000 people each year at an annual cost to society of £27.5bn.



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12.10.2016 Implementation of average speed cameras cuts the number of crashes resulting in death or serious injury by more than a third, new analysis has found.

The research for the RAC Foundation by Road Safety Analysis found that on average the number of fatal and serious collisions decreased by 36% after average speed cameras were introduced. Personal injury collisions of all severities were down 16%.The research has been undertaken as the number of average speed cameras in Britain continues to grow as the costs of installation fall. By the end of 2015 there were at least 50 stretches of road in Great Britain permanently covered by average speed cameras keeping a total length of 255 miles under observation. This is more than double the figure of 117 miles at the end of 2012.



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11.10.2016 Tony Poulter has been appointed as a non-executive member of the Department for Transport Board by Transport Secretary, Chris Gayling.

Non-executive board members are senior figures from outside government, appointed to provide challenge to government departments. As set out in the governments code of practice, non-executive board members should be appointed directly by the Secretary of State and are not civil servants. Their role is to: give advice to ministers and officials on the operational and delivery implications of policy proposals, provide independent support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of the departments strategic direction, advise on performance and support the development of key performance indicators to monitor implementation of the Single departmental plan.



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10.10.2016 Four-year high for number of under-age drivers crashing on UK roads

The number of under-age car drivers involved in crashes on Britain's roads has reached the highest level in four years, figures show. Some 91 boys and girls under 17 years old were behind the wheel during accidents last year, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data. This represents a 30% spike compared with the previous year, and is the most since 103 were recorded in 2011. The number of under-age car drivers involved in crashes on Britain's roads has reached the highest level in four years.



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04.10.2016 Government revs Midlands Engine with a 12m transport funding promise

Transport in the Midlands will receive a 12m funding boost from the government, it was announced today. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the three-year grant for Midlands Connect, the partnership delivering the transport component of the Midlands Engine vision, at the Conservative party conference, currently being held in Birmingham. The three-year £12m funding will help Midlands Connect implement its transport strategy, which is due to be published in March 2017 and includes plans to improve journey times in the Midlands, as well as develop the infrastructure to maximise the benefits from HS2.



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03.10.2016 Thousands of lorries to be banned from London for cyclist safety

Tens of thousands of lorries with poor visibility will be banned from London’s roads within four years to better protect cyclists and pedestrians, the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has announced. Road safety campaigners have long called for action against some types of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), especially high-wheeled construction lorries, which have significant blindspots. Lorries are involved in more than half the cycling deaths on London’s roads, and more than a fifth of pedestrian deaths, despite making up only 4% of motor traffic. Khan’s plans, immediately welcomed by cycling groups, will give construction trucks and other HGVs a star-based safety rating from zero to five, based on the amount of vision the driver has.



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29.09.2016 Converting the hard shoulder into a running lane does not present an unacceptable level of risk, the Government has claimed.

Traffic on the strategic road network is expected to increase by up to 60% by 2040 and the Government sees smart motorways as a way of addressing this growth, without incurring the costs of traditional motorway widening. In all lane running, the latest version of smart motorways, the hard shoulder is used as a live lane of traffic. Previous schemes have only used the hard shoulder at peak times or to deal with congestion. Plans are in place to permanently convert the hard shoulder into a running lane on around 300 miles of motorway, with Highways England overseeing a programme of 30 schemes costing £6 billion over the next nine years. But, MPs and motoring groups say the Government should call a halt to the programme while major safety concerns exist.



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26.09.2016 Removing motorway hard shoulders increases danger, say motorists

An AA survey shows that eight out of 10 of the 20,845 respondents felt that by opening up hard shoulders to traffic as part of all-lane running motorway programmes, authorities had increased the risk for drivers whose cars had broken down and who had nowhere out of the flow of traffic to park up. The government is creating smart motorways across the UK to increase road capacity in the face of rising traffic. Such sections work by opening up the hard shoulder to traffic during busy times.



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21.09.2016 Safest Roads in the World ?

The safest roads in the world – but not for pedestrians. PACTS today (21 September) published a new report showing that Great Britain has consistently been among the world’s countries with the lowest rates of road deaths. However, the report shows areas where the UK does not compare so well.



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15.09.2016 Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.

Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.



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15.09.2016 Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.

Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.



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07.09.2016 Rich source of traffic data in 2016 OECD report

Five EuroRAP member states have the lowest road fatality rates in the world according to the newly released Road Safety Annual Report 2016. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the report is compiled by the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) and contains the most recent road safety data and up-to-date information on road safety measures and strategies for 40 countries worldwide.



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06.09.2016 TRL Quarterly Research Report: Apr-Jun 2016

Improving transport network sustainability to tackle climate change:

Climate change is a global issue, posing significant risk to critical transport infrastructure, with potential onward societal, economic and environmental impacts. To address the climate change issues effectively, we must take a holistic view of the problem – looking at ways to both mitigate against climate change, as well as ways to adapt to the effects that climate change is having on the transport network.



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02.09.2016 M4 Junctions 4 to 12 Smart Motorway Scheme has been given development consent by the Department for Transport.

Today, 2 September 2016, the application for the M4 Junctions 4 to 12 Smart Motorway Scheme has been given development consent by the Department for Transport. The proposed smart motorway scheme will enable proactive management of the M4 carriageway, including slip roads and motorway to motorway intersections between junctions 3 (Hayes) and 12 (Theale) on this major section of motorway.



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23.08.2016 Highways England Annual Report and Accounts 2015-2016

The chairman of Highways England has provided an update on how the government owned company is performing in its Annual Report and Accounts 2015 to 2016. The annual report highlights Highways England’s performance and achievements in the operation, maintenance, and improvement of England’s motorway and trunk road network. In the chairman’s statement, Colin Matthews outlines the board’s three key priorities which are to: Make roads safer for all users, including those who work on them. Improve the experience of all road users. Deliver the government’s five-year Road Investment Strategy.



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22.08.2016 Over 370 miles of roadworks will be lifted or completed on motorways and major A roads, to provide smoother journeys for those who are travelling on the bank holiday in August.

Highways England are removing 373 miles of roadworks: 179 sets of roadworks, totalling 319 miles, will be completed and 22 sets suspended, totalling 54 miles ahead of the holiday. Almost 98% of the strategic road network will have no roadworks over the holiday.



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18.08.2016 Updated interim report of the Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study

The updated interim report for the Trans-Pennine tunnel study was published in August 2016. It replaces the interim report issued on the 30 November 2015. In addition to the findings in the first report, outlining the high level case for the Trans-Pennine tunnel road scheme and feasibility of constructing a new road link, it includes further analysis in a number of areas. This includes analysis confirming that routes further north in the study area are the better performing route options



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15.08.2016 Funding for Innovation: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

The digital transformation is rapidly changing from the way we travel on our roads and how we provide and maintain our infrastructure. The Department for Transport is launching a competition to help stimulate further transformation and to enhance Britain’s position as a leading transport innovator.



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11.08.2016 A consultation on plans to build a major new lorry area in Kent to tackle disruption caused by Operation Stack gets underway this week (Friday).

The Government is committed to keeping drivers in Kent moving, and the major new lorry area will help keep hard-working people moving. £250 million has been committed to the alternative to Operation Stack, where lorries park along a closed M20 when there are delays at the channel ports.



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10.08.2016 Call for the European Commission to reconsider serious road injury target

Today, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have called for the European Commission to reverse the decision to drop the announcement of a new EU target to cut serious road injuries. With more than 50 experts and representatives of road safety organisations and victim groups from across Europe, including EuroRAP, and 11 members of the European Parliament, a letter has been delivered ahead of Thursday’s meeting of national transport ministers in Luxembourg.



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08.08.2016

TRL appointed to lead Department for Transport's Road Accident In Depth Studies programme



World-renowned transport consultancy, TRL has been appointed as the sole contractor for phase two of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Road Accident In Depth Studies programme (RAIDS). One of only two projects operating at this scale in the whole of Europe, RAIDS is the DfT’s flagship programme for in-depth collision research in the UK.



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04.08.2016 Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending March 2016.

There were 1,780 road deaths in the year ending March 2016, unchanged from the year ending March 2015. This publication provides the number of personal-injury road traffic accidents in Great Britain that were reported to the police for the year ending March 2016. It also includes the number of people killed or injured in these accidents and which road user group they were in.



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03.08.2016 TfL publishes the results of its consultation on Cycle Superhighway 11, held earlier this year

More than 6,000 responses were received on the proposals, with 60% supporting or partially supporting them. Cycle Superhighway 11 would link with the Central London Grid and other cycling routes across London and was developed in close collaboration with the London Borough of Camden, Westminster City Council and The Royal Parks.

 



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01.08.2016 Release EU regeneration cash, councils tell Government.

Council chiefs have called on the Government to release billions of pounds of EU regeneration funding that could finance infrastructure projects, including new roads and bridges. Local areas in England have put forward proposals to win a share of £5.3bn of EU regeneration cash up until 2020, which had been secured before Brexit.

 



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27.07.2016 344 million pound London City Airport expansion hailed by Chancellor

London City Airport expansion will create 1,600 airport jobs and potentially add £1.5 billion to the UK economy by 2025. In a major boost to improve passengers’ journeys and support British jobs and investment, Chancellor Philip Hammond, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid have today (27 July 2016) announced the go-ahead for a brand new £344 million expansion programme at London City Airport.

 



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26.07.2016 Government awards 30 million pound funding for cleaner, greener bus journeys

Bus passengers will benefit from cleaner, greener journeys thanks to £30 million of government funding confirmed by Transport Minister Andrew Jones. Bus operators and local authorities across England have been awarded a share of the funding to buy low emission buses and install chargepoints and other infrastructure. In total, the 13 successful bidders will be able to add 326 buses – including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and biomethane buses – to their fleets, and install more than £7 million worth of infrastructure.

 



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21.07.2016 Introducing Graham: the only person designed to survive on our roads

Evolutionary science and human vulnerability are at the centre of a new Victorian initiative to reduce road deaths and injuries. The Transport Accident Commission, (Australia), today launched its latest road safety project, highlighting how susceptible the human body is to the forces involved in transport accidents.

 



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18.07.2016 The Office of Rail and Road - first annual assessment of Highways England

According to latest reports, drivers on England’s motorways and A roads are being held up in traffic for nearly 15 minutes per every 100 miles, equating to an 8.9 second delay per mile. The Office for Road and Rail produced a report which stated that 89.7 billion miles were driven over the last year on the Strategic Road Network (motorways and A roads), which is an increase of five billion over the last four years.

 



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15.07.2016 CECA: May Must Commit To Infrastructure Agenda In First 100 Days

Civils contractors today said new Prime Minister Theresa May must set an agenda for growth in her first 100 days in post to show Britain is open for business.



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13.07.2016 Highways England performance report to Parliament for 2015 to 2016

This is the first report from the Secretary of State to Parliament on the performance of Highways England, as required by the Infrastructure Act 2015. It covers the financial year from 1 April 2015, when Highways England (HE) became the highways authority for the Strategic Road Network, to 31 March 2016.



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12.07.2016 Government launches programme of reform to prepare roads for driverless technology

A major consultation to help pave the way for automated cars to be used on British roads is being launched, with all drivers invited to have their say.Under the proposed measures, rules will be changed so automated vehicles can be insured for use on the roads. In addition, the Highway code and regulations are to be altered so advanced driver assistance systems that change lanes on the motorway and park the vehicle by remote control can be used safely



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08.07.2016 Highways England has revealed the line-up of a dozen consultants for its new SPaTS framework.

Highways England has revealed the line-up of a dozen consultants for its new Specialist Professional and Technical Services – SPaTS – framework.The agency plans to spend around £400m through the new arrangement over four years on support for the £11bn of capital investment in its Roads Improvement Strategy, announced in December 2014.



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04.07.2016 M5 Real Time Fuel Sign Foundations by FLI

FLI Structures, a member of The Haley Group, has recently installed 4 innovative Fuel Sign structures and foundations on the M5 for Skanska’s Area 2 Asset Support contract for a new Highways England trial on the road network.. The project brief required an innovative approach to the design work and a short lead time for installations, FLI were asked to deliver reduced whole life costs, less risk to road workers and a lower environmental impact, compared to a traditional solution.



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29.06.2016 Road safety must not be compromised by Brexit

The UK’s exit from the European Union must not impact on road safety, according to Brake, which is highlighting the need to make sure life-saving regulations and standards are not just maintained but improved upon. The road safety charity highlighted the role of the European Commission in vehicle crash protection standards, driver working hours with examples including...



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27.06.2016 London speed cameras trap 10,000 drivers rushing to work in early morning

Nearly 10,000 were caught speeding by just over 250 fixed roadside cameras in the capital between 5am and 7am last year, according to data released under freedom of information laws. The peak time to be captured on camera breaking the speed limit was between 6am and 7am, when there were 5,188 offences.



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16.06.2016 PACTS' paper highlights road safety benefits of remaining in EU

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Road Safety (PACTS) has published a paper ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June which, without actually saying so, suggests a ‘Remain’ vote would best serve the interests of road safety.



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07.06.2016 IHE Members Handbook 2016-2017

The IHE Members Handbook is to be published in late summer and will be distributed to all members who receive copies of ‘Highways’ magazine; it will also be available to download from the IHE website.



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21.04.2016 Strategic Road Safety Plan 2016 (Scotland): Transport Scotland (DOP: 3/16)

Transport Scotland’s first Strategic Road Safety Plan has been produced to set out how Transport Scotland delivers safety. It includes an Action Plan setting out how the Transport Scotland’s Specialist Strategic Road Safety Unit will deliver the Agency’s targeted safety objectives.
 



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14.04.2016 Make Sustainable Choices with Top 5 Eco-Friendly Guide

We often see recycled symbols on products, but what do they actually refer to? These symbols certainly help to guide us when making purchasing decisions in our everyday personal lives, but a little more information is now often required when making decisions on behalf of organisations and stakeholders. Glasdon aim to provide quality products that help you practice sustainability. enquiries@glasdon-uk.co.uk



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23.03.2016 Transport Scotland: Road Safety Framework Annual Report 2015

Scotland’s Road Safety Framework (the Framework) has seen some significant developments in 2015; including a mid-term review undertaken by the Framework’s governing body, the Strategic Partnership Board (SPB). The review looks to strengthen the Framework and maintain its standing as a forward-looking document which will support vision zero:

 



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16.03.2016

Budget 2016: Transport and driverless cars measures announced



The Chancellor has announced a number of measures to improve the UK’s transport infrastructure and continue plans to make the UK a global centre for excellence in connected and autonomous vehicles.

 



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28.02.2016 Drug drive arrests on the rise

Drug drive arrests have soared by up to 800% in a year after the government introduced tough new laws to catch and convict offenders, according to initial figures from police forces.

 



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10.02.2016 Seeing Red - Traffic Controls and the Economy: Institute of Economic Affairs (DOP: 1/16)

This report from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) concluded that eight in 10 traffic lights ‘should be removed over concerns they are detrimental to road safety, the economy and the environment. It advocates the use of shared space schemes which involve the removal of conventional traffic infrastructure such as traffic lights, road markings and bollards.

 



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26.01.2016 Proposals for a new multi billion pound road link across the River Thames between Essex and Kent have been announced today.

The new road will unlock massive economic benefits for the region and the whole country, relieve congestion at the existing Dartford Crossing and improve the resilience of the road network by providing a new alternative link across the Thames.

 



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22.12.2015

The condition of England's local roads and how they are funded: RAC Foundation (DOP: 12/15).



Capital spending on local roads in England is at its lowest level for over a decade, according to this report by the RAC Foundation. The report highlights that in the last two financial years £1.8bn has been spent annually on capital works, including road renewals and improvement, the lowest amount since 2001/02.

 



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15.12.2015 New THINK! campaign to target those who still think it's okay to have a couple of drinks before they get behind the wheel

New research from THINK! shows that while half the population (51%) would not consider consuming any alcoholic drinks before driving, a shocking 1 in 10 people would consider having 2 or more drinks before they get behind the wheel. This increases to 1 in 5 among men aged 18 to 34 (19%).

 



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09.12.2015 2015 National Road Safety Conference

The 2015 National Road Safety Conference was hosted by Road Safety GB East Midlands Region and held at the East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC) in Nottingham (18-19 Nov 2015). Presentations delivered in the main conference auditoriom are available to view on the conference website.

 

 



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20.11.2015 Multi-tasking at the wheel a potentially fatal myth, finds IAM

Expert psychologists have concluded that multi-tasking whilst driving is a myth – and the most dangerous of those driving multi-tasks is texting and talking on a mobile phone, according to a new report produced by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

 

 



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14.11.2015 End of the road for grey speed cameras

Every working speed camera on the strategic road network will be yellow within a year, the government has announced today, 14 November 2015. Ministers ordered a review of speed camera policy on motorways earlier this year and Highways England has today confirmed their plan to increase the visibility of all speed cameras on the network.



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09.11.2015 Study: Hands-free devices distract drivers for 27 seconds after use

Cars are increasingly equipped with technology to keep drivers connected while on the road, but a new study says it can take 27 seconds for a driver using a voice-activated entertainment system to regain full alertness after making a command from behind the wheel.



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05.11.2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015: World Health Organisation (DOP: 10/15)

The Global status report on road safety 2015, reflecting information from 180 countries, indicates that worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, with the highest road traffic fatality rates in low-income countries.



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29.10.2015 Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2014: Transport Scotland (DOP: 10/15)

The final casualty figures for 2014 confirm a 16% year-on-year increase in road deaths. The final statistics confirm the provisional data published in June 2015 which revealed that 200 people were killed on Scotland’s roads in 2014, while the number of people seriously injured rose by 2% to 1,699. In contrast to deaths and serious injuries, total casualties fell by 2% year on year, from 11,504 to 11,268, while child casualties fell by 3% to 1,034.



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28.10.2015 IHE to establish national highway engineering academy

The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) is launching a national highway engineering academy in 2016.

IHE Chief Executive Richard Hayes said the new academy would focus on providing engineers and technicians with the skill set and expertise that was vitally needed by the highways industry.



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06.10.2015 Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2014: DfT (DOP: 9/15)

This annual report confirms that the number of road deaths, seriously injured and total casualties all increased year-on-year in 2014. The headline figures show 1,775 fatalities on the UK roads in 2014, an increase of 4% (62 deaths) compared to 2013. The report points out that this is still the third lowest year on record, behind 2012 and 2013, and says the increase is not statistically significant.



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29.05.2015 WJ Secures Joint Leicestershire Contract

Outstanding quality bid secures the first combined Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City road marking contract for WJ worth £1.5 Million per annum and runs for 2 Years with an option for 5 Years.



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21.05.2015 WJ innovation event supported by IHE

The regional event was attended by around 150 delegates and supported by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) with a programme of CPD endorsed technical presentations followed by practical demonstrations providing a real understanding of WJ’s ambition to find better ways to do things.



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12.05.2015 WJ Celebrates double award for health and safety

The WJ health and safety culture had already been recognised by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) with a prestigious health & safety initiative Award when the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) also presented the company with an health & safety award for workforce involvement in their annual conference held recently at the Belfry.



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28.04.2015 FLIR ThermiCam ? A safer passage for Cyclists

 FLIR’s ThermiCam is the first integrated thermal camera and detector for vehicle and bike presence detection and counting at signalized intersections.

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24.10.2014 WJ Linkline introduces WeatherGrip



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05.10.2014 High-tech road studs can help tackle accident trend

INNOVATIVE LED studs can help reverse a startling rise in the number of serious accidents on Britains road network.



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01.10.2014 News from Winter Service Solutions

Alan Sheen of Spur Enterprises and Charles Robertson of Winter Service Solutions have combined their long experience working within the UKs Winter Service Industry to develop more cost effective solutions for keeping pavements, pedestrian areas, cycleways and rail platforms ice free, even under the most challenging weather conditions.

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31.08.2014 IHE Members Support WJ Technical Day

WJ Linkline Group demonstrated why it is the market leading specialist road marking contractor, at the Westpoint Showground in Exeter recently. Led by their South West Team, WJ advertised the commitment and considerable investment in research & development as well as highlighting the scale of the group operations. See the video here



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18.06.2014 W J Linkline Clean Up with Low Emission Trucks

WJ Linkline Group are investing £3.5M in new road marking trucks in line with its strategy on carbon footprint, pollution reductions and commitment to safer roads for all. Click here for video. 


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18.04.2014 Solar studs open road to brighter future after test success

INNOVATIVE active road studs have become the first in Europe to be tested to a new draft performance standard – paving the way for installation across the UK network.
 


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06.01.2014 News from Leafield Environmental

Recent weather warnings predicting the worst weather in sixty years, has contributed to a 74% increase in grit bin sales for Leafield Environmental during November compared to 2012. 

 

Phillip Maddox, Managing Director for Leafield Environmental, said: “September to January is the busiest time of the year for grit bin orders, but we’ve had more sales in November, than the whole of October and September and we still have two weeks left in November. Our customers are taking the Met Office predictions seriously this year and getting ready for the worst.”

 

Leafield has been supplying councils, schools, private companies with grit bins for over 20 years and pride themselves for their heavy duty quality for any weather conditions.  Visit www.leafielddirect.com for more information on their ranges. 



 
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