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

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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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Strategic roads update: smart motorways evidence stocktake

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Passive Safety UK Guidelines updated JANUARY 2020

Passive Safety UK Guidelines updated JAN 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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Traffic Signs Manual: What's new? Courses 30 April - London 8 May – London 21 May - Manchester   
Buchanan Computing is running a brand new one day course on the very latest TSM chapters. 

Traffic Signs Manual: What's new? Courses 30 April - London 8 May – London 21 May - Manchester  
Buchanan Computing is running a brand new one day course on the very latest TSM chapters. 
Simon Morgan will lead this course to update you on the major changes to the Traffic Signs Manual (Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7) as a result of their recent revision




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Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU

Campaigners welcomed the move, saying it would save thousands of lives. The UK's Vehicle Certification Agency has previously said the UK will align with EU vehicle standards after Brexit. The road safety charity Brake called it a "landmark day", but the AA said "a little speed" helps with overtaking or joining motorways. Safety measures approved by the European Commission included intelligent speed assistance (ISA), advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping technology. The EU says the plan could help avoid 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 and aims ultimately to cut road deaths to zero by 2050. EU Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said: "Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. "With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when safety belts were first introduced."




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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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£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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£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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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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.


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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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.

04.08.2014 NAL's XLast Bollards rated NE4 in tests

At recent testing at MIRA, NAL's XLast bollards were confirmed as passively safe, obtaining an NE4 rating.

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14.07.2014 NAL Demo days

Sometimes words and pictures are simply not enough, which is why NAL offer FREE live demonstration days.

View our extensive range of innovative street and highway products boasting the latest in passive safety technology along with other products from leading manufacturers Witness live knock downs, product demonstrations and more.

This event is IHE accredited to ensure your day is packed full of useful information and lunch is also provided.

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20.06.2014 Road studs lead to safer level crossings after key decision

A LANDMARK decision by Network Rail paves the way for high-performance LED road studs to be installed at level crossings around the UK.
Active LED solar units supplied by Rennicks UK have been granted a Certificate of Acceptance by the authority responsible for the country’s railways.

23.05.2014 Intelligent crossing could mean safer future for pedestrians

An innovative project at a busy retail park could provide the blueprint for a new approach to pedestrian safety.
Flashing road studs have been used to create a striking visual warning for motorists approaching an internal crossing at Giltbrook, near Nottingham.

09.04.2014 Lighting Journal article on Passive Safety

A recent article in the April issue of Lighting Journal suggests a reconsideration of the need for electrical disconnection/interruption systems for all passive products.

04.03.2014 NAL demonstration dates

Please use link below to see the brochure giving latest demonstration dates at NAL's premises in Worcester

04.02.2014 UK Roads / Traffex Live Crash Demonstration Day 2014

As in previous years, we will be holding our unique one day event comprising four live high speed crash demonstrations, static demonstrations and an exhibition of roadside products and services.
This educational and entertaining event will take place at the High Energy Facility at MIRA, Nuneaton, Nr Coventry
Go to the Traffex Live website for more information

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09.01.2014 FLI gain Sector Scheme Approval

FLI are delighted to announce that they have gained accreditation to NHSS20 Highways Sector Scheme Approval to add to their ISO 9001 certificate



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Foundation Selection Guide

06.01.2014 Useful links from DfT

Useful links:
·     Chapter 3: Regulatory Signs
·     Chapter 4: Warning Signs
·     Chapter 5: Road Markings
·     Chapter 7: The Design of Traffic Signs
·     Chapter 8: Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations
·     1/12 Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists
·     1/11 Shared Space
·     2/09 Pedestrian Guardrailing
·     1/09 Signal Controlled Roundabouts
·     2/08 Cycle Infrastructure Design
·     1/08 Traffic Management and Streetscape
·     2/13 Bollards and Pedestrian Movement
·     1/13 Reducing Sign Clutter
·     1/12 The Traffic Signs (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations and General Directions 2011
·     5/11 Quality Audit
·     4/11 Temporary Traffic Signs for Special Events
·     3/11 Signal-controlled Pedestrian Facilities at Portable Traffic Signals
·     Manual for Streets
·     Know Your Traffic Signs
·     Prevention of Bridge Strikes
·     Puffin Crossing Good Practice Guide
·     Mini Roundabouts Good Practice Guidance
·     An Introduction to the Use of Portable Vehicular Signals

04.11.2013 Latest news from SAPA Pole Products

Please find below a newsletter from SAPA Pole Products

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24.10.2013 Solar power could offer safer route for cyclists

SOLAR road studs could point the way to a brighter future for the rising number of pedal cyclists in Britain.

Annual figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT)* revealed an alarming increase in the number of cyclists injured or killed on roads last year and similar reports have shown a high proportion of accidents happen at night.

Campaigners are calling for more to be done to improve safety and good illumination is seen as crucial for the way ahead, particularly as the presence of lighting has been shown not only to reduce the risk of accidents but also their severity**.

With a growing number of councils across the UK switching off street lights to save money on energy bills, the quest is on to find an economical and sustainable alternative.



Report analyses the 44,373km (11%) of Britain’s network where 51% of Britain’s road deaths take place: motorways and A roads outside major urban areas

 Risk to road users is now 7 times greater on single carriageway A roads than motorways

Running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths

Junction crashes are the most common crash leading to serious injury

99% of motorways are rated in the ‘low risk’ category; 97% of single carriageway A roads are not

Britain’s economy loses more than 2% of GDP in road crashes  

Overall risk of death and serious injury on motorways and A roads is lowest in the West Midlands and highest in the East Midlands

The most improved region is the East of England with a 30% fall in risk


26.09.2013 Norman Baker Announces Relaxed Traffic Sign Requirements

Major changes to traffic sign illumination requirements have been recently announced by Transport Minister Norman Baker at a conference. During the Institute Of Highway Engineer’s (IHE) Traffic Signs conference in Birmingham, Mr Baker announced newly relaxed regulations in 2015. He said highways authorities will have the power to decide if traffic sign illumination was necessary and also that many requirements to electrically illuminate signs would not apply anymore.

Mr Baker also shed new light on traffic bollards and low level traffic signs with a new traffic advisory leaflet (TAL 3/13) at the event. Chairman of IHE’s traffic signs committee, Simon Morgan believes highways authorities will welcome the new control saying: ʺThe relaxation of temporary roadworks signs will help highway authorities in situations where ensuring road worker safety or the risk of theft made the use of sign lighting difficult.” ʺSigns on self-righting bollards have been a particular difficulty, as this increasingly common device does not lend itself to electrical illumination, and yet can reflect back to the driver an adequate amount of light from dipped headlamps.ʺ

However a small number of signs including motorways and low bridges will still require lighting; the IHE still strongly supported the DFTs peer review of the proposal earlier this year.

24.09.2013 NAL demonstration dates

Please use link below to see the brochure giving demonstration dates at NAL's premises in Worcester

23.09.2013 TAL 3/13 Traffic bollards and low level traffic signs is published today

Traffic bollards provide a valuable contribution to road safety. This leaflet discusses the advantages of traffic bollards in certain circumstances, whilst recognising that their over provision can have an unduly negative impact on streetscape and energy consumption. It provides advice on the use of traffic bollards and associated signing for roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or lower. It also covers low level signs sometimes used as an alternative to traffic bollards. A PDF version of this TAL can be viewed and downloaded here:


18.07.2013 UK Roads is helping to publicize in England the IRF World Meeting that will be in Saudi Arabia from November 10-14, 2013.

UK Roads is helping to publicize in England the IRF World Meeting that will be in Saudi Arabia from November 10-14, 2013.  
The IRF World Meeting is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Saudi Arabia as a VERY IMPORTANT PERSON (VIP)

17.06.2013 NAL case study

 Case Study Project: Passively Safe Kapu Columns, Whittington Roundabout



12.05.2013 News from Ritherdon

Ritherdon at Traffex

30.04.2013 News from leafield Environmental

Stone Coloured Bollards “in keeping” with Surroundings.


Selecting Road Traffic Bollards need not be black or white decision as Leafield Environmental proved in this installation in a suburb of Greater Manchester.


The Council’s objective was to improve traffic safety by removing a deteriorating, small raised roundabout island at a “5-way” junction where “keep left” was indicated through a black and white tile array and illuminated, high level keep left face signs on a single pole. This was to be replaced by a low level island with a substantial natural stone obelisk in the centre and four retroreflective bounce-back “keep left” bollards.


Keen to have the scheme in-keeping with the spirit of the old village which still boasts many seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings, the Council chose Night-Owl self-righting, retroreflective bollards in a stone coloured polymer to complement the local environment.


Large white conspicuity panels in Class ref 2 retroreflective material were also selected in order to further highlight the modified road layout. Four other illuminated “shell type” bollards were also replaced by Night Owls to complete this sympathetic scheme and energy savings are now being generated by using these non-illuminated alternatives.

30.04.2013 SignPost Solutions are pleased to announce that they have been appointed as distributors for the Reddilight range of sign lights

SignPost Solutions are pleased to announce that they have been appointed as distributors for the Reddilight range of sign lights including the ‘Enterprise’ LED sign light, ‘Enterprise Solar’ and RH1. The distributorship encompasses the UK and Ireland but excludes a small number of ‘house accounts’ that were agreed contractually by Reddilight prior to the appointment.
Alan Nicholas, sales and Marketing Director at SignPost Solutions noted ‘ the addition of the Reddilight range fits very well with our recent debut in the street lighting market that was spearheaded by our highly successful SPS 3Sixty bollard. Both products have the same attributes; extremely well designed, engineered and constructed but with market leading prices – a winning combination!’
Photos taken at the recent Traffex exhibition from left to right Alan Nicholas – Sales and Marketing Director - SignPost Solutions
Chris Nicklin – Managing Director – SignPost Solutions
Carl Concannon – Technical Director – Reddilight
Tony Concannon – Managing Director - Reddilight

12.04.2013 TEC article - Ritherdon passive safety cabinet

TEC report on Ritherdon & Co passively safe roadside cabinet.

04.04.2013 Optimast launch at Traffex

NEW product Launch - Optimast – meeting the needs of the passive market


Optimast is a new range of passively safe sign masts from Signpost Solutions which fits neatly the company’s current market leading portfolio that includes Lattix and KAPU.

04.04.2013 News from Sapa

The following is a newsletter from Sapa Pole Products

20.03.2013 Ritherdon introduce world's first passive safety cabinet

Ritherdon & Co are happy to announce the introduction of our newest product – the world’s first passively safe roadside cabinet. The passively safe cabinet was officially crash-tested and certified by TRL in January, to the specifications outlined in European standard BS EN 12767.

27.02.2013 Design Museum displays Traffic Sign

The Design Museum in London is celebrating the ordinary items it believes have shaped the world we live in today.

From the first hairdryer to motorway signs, from the angle-poise table lamp to the Apple iMac, the exhibition picks out designs that tell the story of design.

This follows a recent exhibition at the Royal College of Art, where a Road Sign was also exhibited.

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27.02.2013 New Buchanan software at Traffex 2013

Buchanan Computing are pleased to announce three new software systems for traffic and highways, being launched at Traffex/Parkex in April.

12.01.2013 News from Ritherdon

Ritherdon & Company Acquire Poletech Systems Limited

12.01.2013 Ritherdon introduce worlds first passive safety cabinet

Ritherdon & Co are happy to announce the introduction of our newest product – the world’s first passively safe roadside cabinet. The passively safe cabinet was officially crash-tested and certified by TRL in January, to the specifications outlined in European standard BS EN 12767.

03.01.2013 DfT release new TAL on sign clutter

This leaflet, one of the early deliverables in Signing the Way, gives practical advice on reducing sign clutter. It emphasises that designers should use their engineering judgement and local knowledge to complement guidance to ensure signing solutions are effective. For new schemes, the aim should be to design clutter out from the start.

12.12.2012 News from Ritherdon

Ritherdon have introduced two passively-safe products to the market in the past 18-months – the Ritherdon FlexiPole and the Ritherdon FlexiPost. More recently, Ritherdon & Co have been working on designing and manufacturing a passively-safe cabinet – the only passively-safe product of its kind on the market. Once impacted, the cabinet ensures that all electronic and data cables are fully disconnected. The cabinet also sheers away from the fixing plinth upon impact.

11.12.2012 SAPA launch range of HE 3 passively safe products

This month Sapa performed a series of crash tests to obtain another improvement: the HE3 classification. In Urban areas, where speed limits are lower, this classification is ideal to keep occupants as safe as possible whilst also avoiding the possibility of secondary impacts. The HE3 column even has no exit speed.

14.11.2012 NAL Scottish demonstration day dates

NAL is pleased to announce that it has built a new demonstration site in East Kilbride for their customers based in Scotland and the North. In association with James M Anderson, they now have the opportunity to perform live knockdowns and show you how their products perform in real life situations.

NAL will be holding demonstrations every month - please contact Steve Andrews at steve@nal.ltd.uk to book your place(s).

06.11.2012 Latest NAL demonstration day dates

NAL have now completed their new Demonstration Site which now has on show many of the leading manufacturers products from the Street Lighting industry. NAL are teaming up with other suppliers to offer product training and live demonstrations at our site in Worcester. The first joint demonstrations are with One2See. These days will provide attendees with an insight into their products and afterwards live knockdowns and information on Street Lighting and Passively Safe Products that are available from NAL.

16.10.2012 Road Safety Foundation Tracking Data 2012 - Tables

16.10.2012 Road Safety Foundation Tracking Data 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION TRACKING DATA 2012
·         Report measures safety levels across 27,000 miles of motorway and A road where majority of UK road deaths occur
·         Findings of huge economic rewards from low-cost safety engineering
·         UK’s busiest higher-risk roads are named, along with each region’s highest-risk road
·         New average speed cameras and interactive speed signs feature strongly on most improved roads
·         Single carriageways now six times more risky than motorways

09.10.2012 News from FLI Structures and Buchanan

FLI Screwpiles now available on Buchanans SIgnLoad Software
Launch of SignLoad with FLI screw piles

FLI Structures of the Haley Group specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of steel structures and foundations. FLI is pleased to announce its screw pile foundations are now available for designers to use in Buchanan’s SignLoad and SignPlot sign structure design software.

FLI’s screw pile foundations can be easily selected through SignLoad, allowing signage scheme designers access to over 2000 variations of FLI’s screw pile designs, leading to increased usage of these time and money saving foundation solutions.

FLI’s screw pile foundations have been used on numerous highway schemes to support structures including passively safe signage schemes, supporting portal gantries and MS3/MS4 variable message signs for the Highways Agency and by the majority of MAC’s (Managing Agent Contractors) involved with UK Highways infrastructure.

05.10.2012 Follow UK Roads on LinkedIn

You can now follow UK Roads Ltd on Linked In
Just click here to visit our new company page.
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03.10.2012 Welsh Goverment news from Road Safety GB

The Welsh Government is to consult on its “vision zero” Road Safety Delivery Plan which was launched last week (20 September) and includes ambitious targets to reduce casualties.

The consultation, which sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to road safety until 2020, includes ambitious targets for motorcyclists and young drivers and an aspirational goal of no road fatalities in the future. It also includes a commitment to press the UK Government to reduce the drink drive limit to bring Wales closer in line with the rest of Europe.

In 2011 motorcyclists accounted for 1% of road traffic in Wales but 39% of those killed and seriously injured (KSI), while young people made up 11% of driving licence holders but 23% of casualties.

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01.10.2012 UK Roads is now working with three major Industry Associations

UK Roads has joined forces with ARTSMREMA and the RSMA to help promote their work and raise awareness of their importance as the UK heads towards Compulsory CE marking in 2013

26.09.2012 New list of UK Roads Members

We have created an "at a glance" listing of those companies working with UK Roads to deliver our Lunchtime Learning events and appearing on all six websites. Click on "More" for a copy of the listing. A downloadable copy is available by clicking "more" below.

20.07.2012 TEC article on UK Roads 2012 Crash Demonstration Day

UK Roads stage latest Crash Demonstration Day at MIRA

21.06.2012 NAL demonstration day dates

18.06.2012 BBMM win HA Area 10 Asset Support Contract

We are pleased to announce that Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald has won the Area 10 Asset Support Contact (ASC)

15.06.2012 Interim Advice Note on Road Death Investigation Guidance


This document offers Guidance to Highways Agency staff, contractors and consultants who may have to give evidence at a Coroner’s Court or Criminal Court.


28.03.2012 PACTS is to discuss how to achieve a British version of Vision Zero.

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety is holding its conference "Aiming for Zero" on Friday 23 May.
During the day, the conference will discuss the declaration below that sets out how to achieve a British version of Vision Zero.
“This conference recognises the significant falls in death and injury on Great Britain’s roads that have been achieved since 1987. It further acknowledges the contribution that a combination of target-setting and an overriding strategy and action plan has made to the achievement of these reductions.
However, it also notes the continuing pain and suffering that are caused by the current levels of road casualties. It believes that even these lower levels are not acceptable in a modern society.
It notes the progress towards the elimination of deaths that has been achieved through the adoption of a safe systems approach in the Swedish Vision Zero and the Dutch Sustainable Safety. It believes that Great Britain’s approach to road safety over the next decade needs to be informed by a similar ethical approach that where road deaths are preventable and where the means to prevent them are identified and cost-effective, society has a moral and economic responsibility to act for the public benefit. Good safety management places an obligation on those in authority to manage risks and prevent needless incidents and casualties.
It therefore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to acknowledge its responsibility to minimise risk in the road transport system and, in partnership with road safety professionals, researchers and road users, to develop a British version of Vision Zero based on the principles above.”

16.01.2012 TEC magazine article - Passive Safety

A recent article on Passive Safety written by David Milne has appeared in TEC magazine January issue.

21.12.2011 SAPA Newsletter

News from SAPA December 2011

21.12.2011 Ritherdon LED lighting

News from Ritherdon

21.12.2011 MIRA services

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21.10.2011 Visit FLI Structures at Road Expo 2011, stand No. H4 at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh 2nd 3rd November

21.10.2011 Information from Reflexite


Making yourself seen through the darkness has never been so important as the highway Agency (HA) have begun to switch off and remove lights from extensive pieces of the M1 in an attempt to reduce carbon emissionsand conserve budgets.



21.10.2011 NAL crash test a 300mm deep Retention Socket

04.08.2011 Sapa is side-impact Star at MIRA Crash Demonstration day

The main attraction at this year's event was the world’s first ever side-impact crash demonstration, to be conducted by a lighting column Manufacturer.

29.07.2011 Seeing Is Believing

This unique event will be taking place in November 2012

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18.07.2011 Latest news from Road Safety GB

12.07.2011 Review of UK Roads National Crash Demonstration Day at MIRA

UK Roads held a National Crash Demonstration Day at MIRA, Nuneaton nr Coventry on 30th June 2011

04.07.2011 NAL announce new dates for FREE demonstration days

NAL continue to provide CPD approved training days for the installation of roadside products in association with UK Roads and Passive Safety UK

04.07.2011 Latest news from Road Safety GB

Road Safety Organisations herald record casualty reduction figures

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29.11.2010 NAL announces new demonstration day dates

NAL Ltd has announced a further set of demonstration day dates at Worcester

21.07.2010 IDS chambers specified for A52, M1 Junction 25, Nottingham

Integrated Ducting Systems (IDS) have been working with engineers from A-One+ on the specification works for chambers for the above street lighting scheme.

IDS are pleased to say that they will be supplying their range of twin wall chambers to site via their partners Burdens at Nottingham.

19.05.2010 SAPA column prevents injury

Crash friendly, life friendly
Travelling on the highway you had better wish all the lighting columns along your way were 100NE3 certified. Why? Because if there is an accident and your car hits a column, it is the end of the column and not you. 100NE3 is the highest standard for passively safe columns and NE stands for “Non-Energy absorbing”: the car doesn't deform very much against the column but simply knocks it down, avoiding serious injuries to the driver and any passengers. The column will shear off no matter what the direction of the impact.
A recent accident in Almere, the Netherlands, is a good example of it. A car violently hit a Sapa 100NE3 lighting column after leaving the slippery road surface. The driver, instead of visiting the nearest hospital, was able to continue his journey, in his own car!

11.05.2010 Institute of Helical Pile Engineering event

Helical piling is an increasingly significant foundation solution in many important sectors around the world, replacing concrete as the preferred construction choice. Learn how your project can benefit by using the method and hear from local and international experts in the field.

The Institute of Helical Pile Engineering is holding its first seminar on the 9th September 2010 at the ICE Headquarters, One Great George Street London. The seminar is bringing together experts from the global helical piling industry to share knowledge and experience.

19.04.2010 Important news from Signature

Signature Limited is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Post & Column Company.

15.04.2010 NAL Ltd create a new passive safety demonstration site

NAL LTD has launched a new purpose built demonstration site which
encompasses a fully operational street scene alongside a fully ducted
crash site. Attendees will gain an insight into the requirements for
passive safe designs under EN12767. They will witness different crash
impacts with various types of street furniture, explore the benefits of
using NAL's intelligent foundation system and MUCH MORE!

07.04.2010 Road Show article in Highways magazine

The UK Roads "Road Shows" recently featured in Highways magazine. To read the article please click on the link below:

07.03.2010 Wiltshire Council Road Show

Wiltshire Council played host to our latest UK Roads "Road Show" on the 3rd March. Twenty Eight employees from both Mouchel and Wiltshire Council attended the event which contained a busy itinerary, with six speakers delivering a variety of presentations on issues of the day. 

The speakers, representing Traffic Solutions Ltd, Highway Care, Klaruw RMS, Post & Column, MTS and FLI Structures, were also on hand during lunch to answer questions from the audience during the event. We should like to thank Wiltshire Council for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting their offices again during 2010. Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of Leeds City Council in Leeds on the 10th March.  

18.02.2010 Latest CE certificate for the KAPU lighting column

We are pleased to inform you about the latest CE certificate for the KAPU lighting column, distributed in the UK by SignPost Solutions.
The certificate confirms testing using all known installation methods, i.e. pre cast and cast in-situ foundations and with a flange plate.
It is believed that no other passively safe column has been tested using all three installation methods.

11.02.2010 News from The Stilwell Partnership

Latest news bulletin from The Stilwell Partnership

28.01.2010 BBC news item on the safety of the UK Road network

Only half of the motorways in England reach the top safety rating, with other major roads much worse, a report says.

The study, which analysed motorways and major A-roads, says many do not protect drivers who run off the road.

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21.01.2010 First 2010 UK Roads "Road Show" - Essex County Council

Essex County Council played host to our first 2010 UK Roads "Road Show" which took place on 20th January. Over 20 attendees were there to enjoy a busy itinerary, with six speakers delivering a variety of presentations on a variety of topics. 

The speakers, representing Charles Endirect Ltd, Highway Care Ltd, TMS Consultancy, Route Signs Ltd, MTS Ltd and SAPA pole products were also on hand  to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank Vicky Duff and Sarah Mead for their efforts in organising what was a very successful 'road show' and to Essex CC for their hospitality during the day.  We look forward to visiting the Essex CC offices in Chelmsford again later in the year.

14.01.2010 SAPA newsletter announces new products

In their latest newsletter, SAPA announce the launch of a new 18m passively safe lighting column and a new range of passively safe sign posts. In addition IPL Group are confirmed as the SAPA distributor for Ireland.

29.10.2009 Amey Road Show

Amey played host to our latest UK Roads "Road Show" which took place on 28th October. Over 30 attendees were there to enjoy a busy itinerary, with six speakers delivering a variety of presentations on issues of the day. 

The speakers, representing JPCS Ltd, Highway Care Ltd, TMS Consultancy, SignPost Solutions Ltd, MTS Ltd and ASD Metal Services Ltd were also on hand during lunch to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank Vincent Tait for his efforts in organising what was a very successful 'road show' and Amey for their hospitality during the day.  We look forward to visiting the Amey offices in Motherwell again next year.

22.10.2009 News from SAPA

A new SAPA newsletter is available for October 2009


07.10.2009 Balfour Beatty/Mott MacDonald Road Show

Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald (HA Area 2 commission) played host to our latest UK Roads "Road Show" which took place on 7th October. Twenty five attendees were there to enjoy a busy itinerary, with seven speakers delivering a variety of presentations on issues of the day. 

The speakers, representing TMS consultancy, SAPA Ltd, Ryburn Rubber, Golden River, TMP Ltd, Sign Post Solutions and Route SIgns Ltd were also on hand during lunch to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank Mott MacDonald and Balfour Beatty for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting their offices again next year.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of Telford and Wreakin Council on Friday 16th October.

02.10.2009 Enterprisemouchel Road Show

Enterprisemouchel were the latest host to our UK Roads "Road Show" on 30th September. Over twenty employees from the Managing Agents of Area 1 attended the event which contained a busy itinerary, with six speakers delivering a variety of presentations on relevant issues of the day. 

The speakers, representing Ryburn Rubber, Highway Care, Stirling Lloyd, Post & Column, Simmonsigns, and The Passive Revolution were also on hand during lunch to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank Enterprisemouchel for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting the Area 1 offices again next year.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of InterRoute in Bristol (HA Area 2) on the 7th October.  

If you work in a County, District or Borough Council, or a Consultancy that works for these organisations or an overseeing organisation like the Highways Agency, and would like UK Roads to hold a Road Show at your place of work, please contact us using the details on the home page of this site. Remember, these are absolutely free events that take place during lunchtimes at offices all over the UK.

28.09.2009 Leicestershire CC Road Show

Leicestershire County Council played host to our latest UK Roads "Road Show" on 25th September. Twenty two employees from the council attended the event which contained a busy itinerary, with seven speakers delivering a variety of presentations on issues of the day. 

The speakers, representing Brett Landscaping, Highway Care, TOFCO, Post & Column, Rennicks, The Passive Revolution and MTS were also on hand during lunch to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank Leicestershire CC for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting their offices again next year.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of Enterprisemouchel in Exeter (HA Area 1) on the 30th September.  

21.09.2009 Our new on-line shop is now open

We are proud to announce that our new on-line shop is now open. It includes a diverse range of merchandise to choose from, all related to the highway engineering disciplines of the UKRoads web-sites. Take the opportunity to have a look at it today!

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08.09.2009 Biker - Mate

Signpost Solutions, the company that introduced and spearheaded passively safe structures in the UK with the Lattix mast over 14 years ago have now picked up the baton for motorcyclists and introduced a crash cushion for roadside objects called Biker–Mate.

27.08.2009 Most recent UK Roads Road Show

Our most recent UK Roads "Road Show" event took place on 26th August 2009 at the Edinburgh offices of BEAR Scotland. This was a well attended event and contained a busy itinerary, with six speakers delivering a variety of presentations to an audience of 16.

The speakers, representing Mallatite, Highway Care, Sign Post Solutions, FLI Structures, Buchanan Computing and Klaruw RMS, were also on hand during lunch to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank BEAR Scotland for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting other of their offices in the UK next year.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of Durham County Council on the 2nd September.  

15.08.2009 Latest UK Roads Road Show

Our latest UK Roads "Road Show" event took place on 12th August 2009 at the Bristol offices of InterRoute (HA Area 2). This was a very well attended event and contained a busy itinerary, with five speakers delivering a variety of presentations to an audience of over 30.

The presenters, representing The Passive Revolution, BRISER, Astucia, Rediweld, JPCS and Rennicks/MTS Ltd. were also on hand during lunch to answer questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank InterRoute for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting other InterRoute offices in the UK in due course.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of BEAR Scotland in Edinburgh on the 26th August.  

22.07.2009 Latest UK Roads Road Show

Our latest UK Roads "Road Show" event took place on 22nd July 2009 at the Southampton offices of Mott Gifford. This was a well attended event and contained a busy itinerary, with six speakers delivering a variety of presentations to an audience of 28.

The presenters, representing The Passive Revolution, Brett Landscaping, Buchanan Computing, Screwfast Foundations, Sign Post Solutions and MTS Ltd. were also on hand to answer the many questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank Mott Gifford for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting other Mott offices in the UK in due course.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the offices of Derbyshire County Council on the 5th August.  

20.07.2009 Cambridge Computer Lab launches jam-busting lamp-post

Cambridge University Computer Lab is starting small with the humble lamp-post in its bid to drive computer science to the forefront of the sustainability debate ...

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11.07.2009 HA letter on passive test results & CE marking

The Highways Agency has recently written to The Passive Revolution concerning the validity of passive products appearing in the "Table of available products" on The Passive Revolution website.

10.07.2009 Fourth UK Roads

Our fourth UK Roads "Road Show" event took place on 8th July 2009 at the Perth offices of BEAR Scotland. This was a lively and stimulating event with four speakers delivering a variety of presentations to an audience of 13 composed of engineers from BEAR, Angus Council, Fife Council and Perth & Kinross Council.

The presenters, representing Post & Column, Highway Care, FLI Structures, Klaruw RMS and Ryburn Rubber Ltd. were also on hand to answer the many questions raised by the audience during the event. We should like to thank BEAR Scotland for their hospitality during the day and look forward to visiting their Edinburgh offices in August

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the Exeter offices of Enterprise (HA Area 1). Companies presenting include NAL Ltd, SignPost Solutions Ltd, Screwfast Ltd and SAPA Pole Products.

25.06.2009 Second successful UK Roads

Our second UK Roads "Road Show" event took place on 24th June 2009 at the Ipswich offices of Atkins (Highways Agency Area 6). This was a lively event with four speakers delivering a variety of presentations to an audience of 11 employees of Atkins global.

The presenters, representing FLI Foundations, NAL Ltd, Clearview Traffic Ltd and Signpost Solutions Ltd. were also on hand to answer a series of in depth questions raised by the audience during the event.

Positive feedback was received by Carl Hills of Atkins, and Carl has already requested that a further event takes place at Ipswich later in the year.

Our next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the Norwich offices of Atkins (HA Area 6) on 1st July. Companies presenting include Brett Landscaping, Buchanan Computing Ltd, NAL Ltd, and Ryburn Rubber Ltd.

18.06.2009 Passively safe SAPA column struck on A27 in West Sussex

This Passively Safe lighting column was installed as part of a scheme at a roundabout on the A27 at Fontwell in West Sussex.  12m Passively Safe SAPA Aluminium Lighting Columns were installed in the 200mm diameter NAL Retention Socket system.  The electrical disconnection system used was the NAL Safety Isolation System (Underground type).

During a recent accident the column was struck and brought down. No serious injuries to the vehicle occupants were reported.  ALL electric volts were isolated to the columns on impact by the NAL Electrical disconnection system (within 0.4 Seconds of impact).  As the column was installed in a Retention Socket the column can now be replaced in a fraction of the time without any disruptive and costly civils excavations.


18.06.2009 Inaugural UK Roads

The first UK Roads "Road Show" event took place on 17th June 2009 at the Gillingham offices of InterRoute (Highways Agency Area 4). Four speakers delivered an eclectic mix of presentations to an audience of 25 employees of Mott MacDonald and Balfour Beatty.

The presenters, representing FLI Foundations, BRISER Ltd, Highway Care Ltd and The Post & Column Co. Ltd. were also on hand to answer questions raised by the audience during the event.

Positive feedback on the event was subsequently relayed back to UK Roads Ltd, and a further event is now scheduled to take place at Gillingham on 9th September.

The next UK Roads "Road Show" takes place at the Ipswich offices of Atkins (HA Area 6) on 24th June. Companies presenting include Signpost Solutions Ltd, NAL Ltd, Clearview Ltd and FLI Foundations Ltd.

18.06.2009 Passively safe SAPA column struck on A27 in West Sussex

This Passively Safe lighting column was installed as part of a scheme at a roundabout on the A27 at Fontwell in West Sussex.  12m Passively Safe SAPA Aluminium Lighting Columns were installed in the 200mm diameter NAL Retention Socket system.  The electrical disconnection system used was the NAL Safety Isolation System (Underground type).

During a recent accident the column was struck and brought down. No serious injuries to the vehicle occupants were reported.  ALL electric volts were isolated to the columns on impact by the NAL Electrical disconnection system (within 0.4 Seconds of impact).  As the column was installed in a Retention Socket the column can now be replaced in a fraction of the time without any disruptive and costly civils excavations.


17.04.2009 CSS Research Results Published

The 5 research projects commissioned by the County Surveyors Society, TfL, ILE, Highways Agency, SCOTTS have now been published through the TRL website. Use the link below and search for 'Invest to Save'. You should find the following 6 reports:

SL1 ‘Review of the class and quality of street lighting’. G I Crabb, R Beaumont and D Webster. TRL Published Report PPR380. 2008

SL2 ‘Invest to save – sustainable street lighting’. P Fox. Mouchell. 2008

SL3 ‘Review of luminaire maintenance factors’. A Sanders. Mott MacDonald. 2008

SL4 ‘The use of passively safe signposts and lighting columns’. GL Williams, J V Kennedy, J A Carroll and R Beesley. TRL Published Project Report PPR342. 2008

SL5 ‘Review of the lighting requirements for traffic signs and bollards’. J Cooper, K Stafford, P Owlett and J Mitchell. TRL Published Project Report PPR382. 2008

SL6 Guidance on the lighting requirements for traffic signs and bollard. J Cooper and J Mitchell. TRL Published Project Report PPR383. 2008

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17.04.2009 Highways Agency Switch Off Motorway Lights

The Highways Agency has commenced the switch off of motorway lights in the early hours of the morning on 2 stretches of motorway in the southwest of England. The Highways Agency say that the part-night shut down for 5 hours from midnight, will reduce carbon dioxide usage by about 90 tonnes per year on short stretches of the M4 (near Bristol) and M5 (near Exeter). For further information and to register your thoughts, please contact us or the Highways Agency.

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10.04.2009 Tell the world about your engineering innovations. Enter online now!

The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. Spanning 15 categories, the Awards are judged by engineering experts and recognise the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology...

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10.07.2007 WEEE Regulations Lamp Disposal

The ILE website gives advice to street lighting contractors who have contacted Lumicom...

To access the Lumicom infrastructure, please visit www.lumicom.co.uk

The options offered to visitors are:

  • either a 40 cu yd roll on container on site/depot, providing there is space and the throughput of WEEE justifies it
  • or access to one of European Metal Recycling Ltd's 60 waste transfer stations in Britain

In each case, providing the rules are not breached, the service will be free and the contractor will subsequently receive confirmation that the deposited WEEE has been recycled in an environmentally sound manner.

We are exploring with ASLC, whether or not we can offer a bespoke package to street lighting contractors and lighting maintenance companies. To help us, could you let us have a list of your depots, some idea on size, whether or not they could accommodate a roll on container and an estimate of the volume of waste that would pass through the depot? Our intention is either to visit you and discuss the possibilities, or where it is possible, to convene regional meetings in association with ASLC and ILE.

Lumicom Ltd

01.07.2007 UK WEEE Regulations Come into Force

Visit the websites run by Lumicom and Recolight for more information.