Date last updated: 21/01/2021

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




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

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




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

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M1 deaths: Coroner calls for smart motorway review



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

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



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

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National Pothole Day survey finds network in decline



A major survey taken to mark National Pothole Day has found that 81% of local authorities believe the pothole crisis has become worse over the last five years.

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Connected and Automated Vehicles: market forecast 2020



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

Connected Places Catapult: market forecast for connected and autonomous vehicles

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NAL Retention Socket system added to SignLoad



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

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Highways England Chair announces Acting Chief Executive



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

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



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

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Highways England reassures sector after latest lockdown


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


Walking and Cycling  "revolution" impossible to deliver


Spending review sees guaranteed cycling and walking budget slashed by 15%

The Spending Review 2020 shows the Government failing to meet its own commitments and objectives for funding cycling and walking in England, with the wider funding package completely at odds with the Government decarbonisation strategy.

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Spending Review 2020 speech.

Capital spending next year will total £100 billion – £27 billion more in real terms than last year.

Publishing a comprehensive new National Infrastructure Strategy.

Delivering record investment plans in infrastructure.

Announcing the biggest ever investment in new roads.

Upgraded railways, new cycle lanes and over 800 zero emission buses

Establishing a new UK infrastructure bank


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Cutting back on noise and dust at roadworks thanks to innovation.

People living near roadworks are set to benefit from a new innovation which will mean less noise, less dust and less vibration during work following a £650,000 investment by Highways England.


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The Government has announced a further £175m for councils in England to create safe space for cycling and walking, alongside ‘tough new conditions’ requiring schemes to be properly consulted on.

The money, part of the £2bn announced for active travel in May, will fund initiatives including:

School Streets – where streets around schools are closed to motorists at school times

Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) – where residential side streets are closed to through traffic to stop rat-running

Segregated cycle lanes

Pedestrian improvements


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Reported road casualties in Great Britain, final estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2018


Final estimates for 2018 show that between 220 and 260 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver or rider was over the drink-driving limit, with  a central estimate of 240 deaths.

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Highways England Delivery Plan 2020-2025.

The Highways England Delivery Plan sets out in detail how Highways England will deliver its strategic outcomes and measure success.

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UK government announces Automated Lane Keeping System call for evidence.


The UK is taking steps forward in automated technology in vehicles with the launch of a call for evidence today (18 August 2020) to help shape how innovative new systems could be used in future on GB roads.  The call for evidence will look at the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) – an automated system that can take over control of the vehicle at low speeds, keeping it in lane on motorways.

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Cumbria and Doncaster in plastic road initiatives.

Cumbria county council and Doncaster council are both participating in separate highway and kerbside initiatives using recycled plastic materials following successful trials. Cumbria county council announced on 23 July it was working with plastic roads company MacRebur to lay Carlisle’s first plastic highway. The initiative, explained the authority, involves swapping concrete materials for a recycled plastic material, composed of approximately 238,958 single-use plastic bags, within the asphalt mix.

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Reported road casualties in Great Britain: provisional results 2019

This release gives an overview and commentary of reported road casualties in 2019. It provides the number of personal injury road traffic accidents in Great Britain that were reported by the police in 2019 using the STATS19 reporting system.

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Highways England to spend £114m on road improvements

Highways England has pledged a £114m package (July 28) to improve well-known motorways and major A roads over the next 12 months.The planned package of enhancements includes road resurfacing, bridge repairs, cycle lane creation and improved landscaping and signage.The £144m will be invested into 150 schemes across Norfolk, Sussex, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.

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Cycling and walking plan for England

This plan describes the vision to make England a great walking and cycling nation. It sets out the actions required at all levels of government to make this a reality, grouped under four themes:.


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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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Strategic roads update: smart motorways evidence stocktake

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

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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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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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