DELTABLOC is now proud to announce that they have recently achieved the prestigious Constructionline Gold standard


DELTABLOC is the world’s leading developer of concrete vehicle restraint systems. Under constant development, testing and improvement for more than two decades, patented DELTABLOC® concrete barriers are now successfully installed in over 45 countries across the world.

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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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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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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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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


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)

31.05.2013 TAL 2/13 Bollards and Pedestrian Movement is now published


Bollards are a common design of vehicle security barriers (VSB) that are required in certain locations to mitigate criminal or terrorist vehicle-borne threats. Bollard type VSBs provide a solution that resolves many common operational issues faced at busy transport interchanges.

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06.11.2012 New Quick Deployment Vario Barrier from Synoptix

This is a new product to the market. It’s a barrier system for quick deployment and retrieval. This was made for a particular problem at  a toll Plaza, but could be adapted for almost any scenario.

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

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.
Follow us by joining/signing in to

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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.

07.08.2012 Call for bike safe barriers

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) in the UK is calling on the government to redesign crash barriers to make them more motorcycle-friendly. While crash barriers have saved the lives of thousands of drivers, hitting a crash barrier is a factor in eight to sixteen per cent of rider deaths. When they hit a crash barrier, riders are 15 times more likely to be killed than car occupants. In a crash, barrier support posts can worsen injuries by five times.

“Roads in general and crash barriers in particular are largely designed with four or more wheels in mind. The needs of more vulnerable motorcyclists must become a priority,” said IAM chairman, Alistair Cheyne, OBE. “Existing standards and guidelines for road infrastructure – and barriers in particular – must be changed so they take proper account of motorcyclists.”


20.07.2012 TEC article on UK Roads 2012 Crash Demonstration Day

UK Roads stage latest Crash Demonstration Day at MIRA

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.”

05.03.2012 News from Brifen

Cable barriers reduce highway crash fatalities
Read more from this Tulsa World article at

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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 MIRA services

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