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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Sign Art - Edinburgh's road signs hacked by artist





A "playful" street artist has been putting his own stamp on road signs in Edinburgh city centre.

The altered signs - including images of flowers and wine glasses - have been seen in South St David Street, Thistle Street and Union Street.

The signs were hacked by Italian artist Clet Abraham, whose work sells for thousands of pounds.

He said on Twitter that there are between 15 and 20 pieces around Edinburgh.

Earlier this year a post on his Facebook page showed a similar image of a flower growing through a no entry sign in Glasgow.

Art experts have said that they hope City of Edinburgh Council, which owns the road signs, does not destroy the artworks.

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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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07.07.2016 Blakedale Ltd are pleased to announce the achievement of EN12767 100:NE:4 classifications for both its Allegrini PSR and Fleximarker HL Verge Marker Posts.

Blakedale Ltd are pleased to announce the achievement of EN12767 100:NE:4 classifications for both its Allegrini PSR and Fleximarker HL Verge Marker Posts. Two of the most recognised profiles on our road network, the Allegrini PSR was tested in a soft landscape and the Fleximarker HL in a hard landscape.

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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21.06.2016 Stirling Lloyd launches 3rd generation high performance bond coat

Stirling Lloyd Polychem is announcing the launch of a new cold, spray-applied bond coat for providing enhanced adhesion values and superior in-situ performance. Forming part of the pioneering Eliminator bridge deck waterproofing system, Bond Coat 3 represents a significant development in the provision of tack and bond coats that are used to adhere the asphalt surfacing to the waterproofing.

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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09.06.2016 PostPullers (UK) A-one+ win CIHT Ringway Innovation Award

This award is for innovative problem solving within the highways and transportation industry. It's purpose is to recognise imaginative concepts and excellence.  In a strong field of entries the Barrier Master solution, maufactured by Postpullers (UK), caught the eye of the judges as an innovation that stood out on many levels.

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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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05.05.2016 DfT Circular 01/2016 The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016

This Circular is aimed at traffic signs practitioners and others with responsibility for traffic management. It explains the measures we have introduced in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD) and how these differ from the previous regulatory regime - both in terms of prescription and structure - and in the context of the Government's policy on traffic signs.

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28.04.2016 WJ Collect New RSTA Environmental Award

The WJ health and safety culture had been recognised by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) last year when presenting the company with a health & safety award for workforce involvement. At the 2016 conference and gala dinner WJ collected a further award for the RSTA’s new category of ‘Environmental Innovation’ with their Hydroblast system.

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

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

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14.04.2016 Make Sustainable Choices with Top 5 Eco-Friendly Guide

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

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14.04.2016 Software now out for TSRGD 2016

At Buchanan Computing we are excited to introduce the first and only software that is compliant with the latest Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions from the Department for Transport that will come into force on the 22 April. Contact Simon.Morgan@BuchananComputing.co.uk.

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08.04.2016 Trials of wirelessly connected vehicles and driverless cars to hit UK roads as part of innovation push

Highways England has today published its Innovation strategy which sets out for the first time its wide-ranging plan to ensure it is keeping pace with advances in technology, bringing benefits to road users up and down the country as well as unlocking economic growth.


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07.04.2016 Emphasis on Skid Resistance Testing as Asset Management Essential

AS the days start getting longer and spring eases into summer, the change in wheather signals a change in priorities for Engineers. After the apnic of the winter eather and the challenges assocaited with keeping networks clear, safe and moving Engineers and Transportation Proffesionals now hav eto begin planning summe maintenance, rapirs and surveys.

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06.04.2016 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) 2016 survey: Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) (DOP: 3/16)

The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey for 2016 estimates that 13% of England’s road network (excluding London) is in poor structural condition, compared to 12% in London and 6% in Wales. The report also says the length of time it will take to clear the carriageway maintenance backlog is 14 years, a year longer than predicted in the 2015 report. 


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Details of how a £50m pothole fund is to be divided up between English councils have been revealed.

The government, which first announced the fund in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, announced the cash is being split between 118 authorities.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government wanted to "tackle the blight of potholes". Devon council is to recieve the most cash.

The Local Government Association says it will take £12bn to fix the roads.

The money is the first tranche of a £250m Pothole Action Fund. The funding has been calculated according to the "size of the local road network in the area".


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31.03.2016 WJ Collaboration Initiative Commended

WJ recently held their first supply chain seminar to share best practice with their sub-contractors and suppliers and were commended by all for their initiative to proactively address various aspects of safety, in particular, through behavourial safety.


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25.03.2016 The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016

The TSRGD 2016 were laid before Parliament on Tuesday and will come into force on 22 April.  Guidance which explains the new structure of the regulations, will be published closer to the coming into force date, highlighting what the changes mean at practitioner level and providing worked examples to help users navigate how the new TSRGD works.


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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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22.02.2016 BBC Feature WJ in Action

WJ were credited on prime TV for providing a brief insight into the world of road marking. The BBC One Show led by Dom Littlewood paid a visit to WJ at their Milton Keynes Depot and Manufacturing Facility recently.


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15.02.2016 WJ Investment in New Plant and Vehicles Continues

WJ’s continued investment in new plant and vehicles saw the first new road marking truck of 2016 delivered into the Leicestershire contract in January.


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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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26.11.2015 Government response to the recent Traffic Signs Consultation

Great Britain is widely acknowledged to have one of the best traffic signing systems in the world. The signs, in use since 1964, have become instantly recognisable and a familiar part of our everyday lives. This has played a key role in creating our good road safety. record.



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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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30.10.2015 WJ Appointed Delivery Partner for 3M Speed Cameras

WJ have been appointed as the delivery partner for 3M Home Office Type Approved (HOTA) speed cameras. The agreement is for the installation of Temporary Automatic Speed Camera systems for the enforcement of mandatory speed limits At Roadworks (TASCAR) within the UK temporary traffic management sector.

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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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14.10.2015 GO 20: towards changing the default urban speed limit to 20mph: Brake (DOP: 9/15)

This report calls for the removal of “unnecessary barriers” faced by local councils in implementing 20mph speed limits. It also suggests that moving to 20mph limits across built up areas would deliver significant safety benefits, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

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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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06.10.2015 Fhoss Technology awarded Frost & Sullivans European High Visibility Clothing New Product Innovation Award 2015.

"Fhoss Technology has established a significant position for itself in the European high-visibility clothing market within a relatively short span of two years by virtue of its revolutionary offerings. They also have further exciting developments underway to further improve workforce wellbeing. Backed by a distinct technology that delivers maximum visibility under all conditions and weather environments, the company has engineered unmatched high-visibility solutions. The patented prismatic tape being deployed behind traditional reflective tape delivers unrivalled performance in both daylight and dark conditions. The company also strictly complies with top industry standards to deliver best-in-class quality products to its customers. With a dedicated focus to cater to the evolving needs of any organisation that may have workers operating at night, Fhoss Technology displays strong potential to establish a dominant position for itself in the coming years across the globe". 

"With its strong overall performance, Fhoss Technology has earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 New Product Innovation Award". 

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20.09.2015 RAC Foundation press release. Monday 21 September 2015

On Thursday (24 September) the government will release detailed casualty figures for 2014. These will show that last year in Great Britain 1,775 people died on the roads (a 4% increase on the year before).  22,807 more were seriously injured (a 5% annual increase).

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16.09.2015 Ending the scourge of pointless road signs

A new taskforce and consultation are announced to obliterate pointless road signs.

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10.09.2015 Buchanan Computing - SignPlot3-25

Newly released version 3.25 helps you select correct sign and plate sizes.  And it provides the permitted wording, even in Wales. It also adds many other enhancements to keep your interest whilst we are waiting for the new TSRGD. 

09.09.2015 WJ Acquire Euromark GB 1st September 2015

Continuing strong growth within the UK road markings sector WJ have acquired the trade and assets of Euromark GB Limited, the road marking division of Eurovia UK Limited.

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07.07.2015 Buchanan Computing - Collision Map data 2014

Buchanan Computing’s free web mapping tool for viewing details of all road collisions in Britain now has data for 2014 – information that was released only two weeks ago by DfT.


Road Safety News in association with THINK!


• The number of road deaths, seriously injured and total casualties all increased in 2014, according to figures published by the DfT.

• Welsh casualty stats for 2014 show a decrease in fatalities (-7%) but a 15% increase in motorcyclists KSIs.

• Samsung is trialling a new technology designed to assist drivers stuck behind large trailer trucks on single carriageway roads.

• Progress on reducing road deaths in the EU slowed to 0.6% last year, the lowest reduction since the first EU target in 2001.

• Jeremy Phillips, Devon's road casualty reduction manager, will present at the 2015 National Road Safety Conference later this year.

• The West Midlands Road Safety Group unveils three films which poke fun at misbehaving young drivers, passengers and motorcyclists.

• The second in a series of road safety messages from GEM is intended help car drivers successfully share the road with motorcyclists.

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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20.10.2014 TfL offer sale by online tender of unused stock of traffic control components

By order of Transport for London - Marriott & Co are offering for sale, by online tender, unused stock of traffic control components.  With a retail value in excess of £2,000,000 this stock of products is to be sold in lots, or as a whole.

OEM’s include: Siemens, AGD, Microsense, Signpost, Imtech, Telent, BIC, Ritherdon, and others

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.

01.10.2014 News from Winter Service Solutions

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

24.09.2014 Septembers news from MVIS

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17.09.2014 WJ Linkline launch new product WeatherGrip

WeatherGrip is an innovative, cold applied, coloured surfacing.

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03.09.2014 Smart idea to keep fans on course for big golf date

TRAFFIC planners are taking an intelligent approach to ensure golf fans heading to the Ryder Cup don’t find themselves bunkered by congestion.

Thousands of spectators will flock to Gleneagles in Scotland later this month as Europe bid to retain the coveted trophy against the USA.

And organisers will use full matrix LED signs supplied by Mobile Traffic Solutions (MTS) to ensure the logistical operation runs smoothly.

31.08.2014 IHE Members Support WJ Technical Day

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

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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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23.07.2014 Bollards International Case Study 2


The delightful village of Waddington is situated in the Ribble Valley, just outside Clitheroe in Lancashire. Waddington is very picturesque and full of character: it has regularly won ‘best kept village’ awards. The traditional Daventry Bollard, which is perfect for enhancing attractive and historic locations, is used throughout the village, as its fine detailing is in keeping with Waddington’s character. 

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23.07.2014 Bollards International Case Study 1


Gateshead Council, the local authority for the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, required a different solution for a pathway through a naturalised stretch of waste ground.

They did not want to use a conventional type of Cycle route bollard, but instead wanted something more substantial: a way-marker that would stand out, yet at the same time sit harmoniously into the surrounding area.

Ideally, it also needed to look like wood without the drawbacks.



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17.07.2014 Light Launch for Road Workers

Scotland TranServ is rolling out an illuminating new innovation to help improve the health and safety of road workers across south west Scotland.
Working with pioneering personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Fhoss, Scotland TranServ is reinventing the hi-viz wardrobe for employees working through the night on our roads, not only improving visibility, but also the safety of workers and motorists alike.

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16.07.2014 Rediweld launch the Orca Cycle Lane Protector

The New Cycle Protector has been designed by listening to our Customers and producing a product that protects the cyclist but does not trap them. Rediweld products have already been tested for their strength and longevity, which is a main concern in busy central areas.

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.

18.06.2014 W J Linkline Clean Up with Low Emission Trucks

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

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09.06.2014 Sign of progress delivering extra splash of colour

A NEW variable message sign capable of displaying roadside icons in much improved quality has been hailed as breakthrough in traffic technology.

01.06.2014 JCT Consultancy Traffic Signal Courses

Summer/Autumn 2014
This is to tell you about the range of traffic signal related courses JCT Consultancy are running this Summer and Autumn. As always we are running our most popular courses at a range of venues around the UK. Should we not be running a course near to you please let us know and if sufficient demand is available we will schedule extra courses at additional venues.

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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.

23.05.2014 SPS 3Sixty bollard impacted by cement mixer

A bollard designed by UK firm SignPost Solutions has survived being crushed by a cement mixer

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30.04.2014 Newsletter from MVIS

Read about recent activities and events involving MVIS

23.04.2014 TAL 01/14 has been published.

TAL 01/14 is a quick guide to temporary white on red signs at road and street works

18.04.2014 Solar studs open road to brighter future after test success

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

18.04.2014 Signs key for fresh approach to road repair backlog

DIGITAL signs could play a pivotal role in plans to tackle Britain’s £10 billion pothole crisis, it has been claimed.

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.



The cost to restore the local road network in England and Wales to good overall condition has soared to £12billion according to the latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey. This is an increase of £1.5billion from last year and is believed to be due to the impact of this winter’s record rainfall and flooding.

18.03.2014 WJ Linkline Group Achieves FORS Accreditation

 A unique achievement within the Road Marking Sector


W J Linkline Group, the UK’s largest specialist road marking contractor, has successfully achieved Bronze accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Photo: W J Training Manager Alan Brookes Explaining the New FORS Safety Features


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17.03.2014 Recent news from the RSTA

The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) aims to raise the awareness of the benefits of surfacing treatments and promote work force competence and safe working practices. Membership includes large national and regional contracting companies, Local Authority Direct Labour Services Organisations, material and equipment suppliers. Members are encouraged to join the National Highway Sector Scheme 13 or BBA/HAPAS Product Certification and Approved Installers Schemes. For further information visit: www.rsta-uk.org


Media contact: Steve Elliott, tel: 07802 747031, email: condialogue@aol.com

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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29.01.2014 New TSR&GD online web app

The new TSRGD (The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions) online web-app is now available online (free) on the link below. Please feel free to share this with your Road Traffic Signs and markings team as it will speed up their daily work and help keep the app free to use.


TSRGD Web-app


It’s free and there is no need to download anything, as the web-app just runs in your web browser on any device.


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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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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

06.01.2014 News from Leafield Environmental

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


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


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

04.11.2013 Latest news from SAPA Pole Products

Please find below a newsletter from SAPA Pole Products

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31.10.2013 Safety at street works and road works: a code of practice 2013 has been published

The statutory ‘Code of practice 2013’ is a revision to the existing ‘Code of practice 2001’. Known informally as the ‘safety code’ or the ‘red book’, it comes into force on 1 October 2014 and provides updated guidance on safe working at street works and road works sites.
The code has been designed to make it simpler to follow and the site layout diagrams have been redrawn to make them easier to understand. It encourages safer working practices and there is more emphasis on risk assessment, providing for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users, and site-specific design. Additional guidance is given on mobile and short duration works and working near tramways and railways, and advice on high visibility clothing and the signing and visibility requirements for works vehicles has been updated. The code also encourages operatives to think about minimising inconvenience to road users.
A printed copy can be purchased from TSO at this link http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?FO=1159996&DI=638010
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24.10.2013 Highway Resource Solutions expands successful Intellicone product range


Highway Resource Solutions launches new Intellicone Traffic Management Unit and Intellicone Sentry to complement its successful Intellicone product range.

The Intellicone Traffic Management Unit (TMU) has been designed to detect breaches at remote barriers and relay this to Intellicone Portable Site Alarms within a worksite. The TMU has been designed for traffic management professionals and enables them to create Intellicone enabled worksites for work crews. When combined with Intellicone enabled Dorman cone lamps this helps create safer working environments.

Alongside the TMU Highway Resource Solutions are launching the Intellicone Sentry, a rapidly deployable ultrasonic beam sensor. The Sentry is ideally suited to detect vehicles breaching works access points and can be used to support staff manning these gates. An override switch enables authorised staff to allow work vehicles access without triggering the Intellicone alarm. The Sentry integrates seamlessly with existing Intellicone equipment as well as the new TMU.





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


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.

22.10.2013 FLI Install AMI Signs on M62 Managed Motorway Scheme

FLI is delighted to announce the recent completion of AMI sign foundations at two sites on Junction 29 of the M62 for Bam Nuttall Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (BMJV), on behalf of the Highways Agency.


26.09.2013 Queens Award for Stirling Lloyd

Stirling Lloyd, manufacturers of the Safetrack range of highways maintenance products, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its continued international success.

Considered the UK’s most prestigious business honour, the Queen’s Award is awarded to businesses who show outstanding achievements in their field and has a specific focus on international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

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:




FLI Structures, the UK's No.1 masts & towers and screw pile manufacturer are pleased to announce that they have recently launched a new 3D video series,
'How Do FLI Screw Pile Foundations Work?'.

Currently focussing on LOC platforms, road signs and managed motorway schemes, the videos show the install process that takes place on site and details how FLI's products work.

FLI's Marketing Executive, Martyn Jones explains;
"We are really excited to launch these videos, YouTube is now the 2nd biggest search engine in the world, therefore by launching this series we really hope that they give us a much better presence on this global site. However more importantly the main aim is for these videos to help people understand our products better and in turn aid with the education of ground and structural engineering in the future."


To watch the latest videos Click Here.

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24.07.2013 News from MTS

Tread Carefully On Signage Compliance Warns MTS


The news about an alleged sign error on the M42 potentially leading to thousands of motorway speeding convictions being overturned is a timely reminder of the importance of choosing compliant systems for the road network, according to Neil Newsome, Sales Director, of Mobile Traffic Solutions (MTS).

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)

16.07.2013 Instant results for sign designers


Instant results for sign designers
Previewed at Traffex 2013 and now despatched to existing users, SignPlot 3 represents a major breakthrough in speed, accuracy and simplicity for UK traffic sign design.
It introduces a whole new way of working for direction sign design with instant feedback to allow easy experimentation. Each time an option is clicked or text entered a full colour representation of the finished sign updates accordingly.

17.06.2013 NAL case study

 Case Study Project: Passively Safe Kapu Columns, Whittington Roundabout



10.06.2013 News from Orafol Reflective Solutions

ORALITE® 5910 High Intensity Prismatic Grade - CE marked for Permanent Road Traffic Signs

ORAFOL's ORALITE® 5910 High Intensity Prismatic Grade which was launched last year is fully CE marked according to the Construction Products Directive.

This means that ORAFOL now offers a broad range of CE marked reflective materials for traffic signs, covering the most relevant grades of reflectivity, from high intensity prismatic grades through to engineer grades.
Or visit our website: www.orafol.com

31.05.2013 A grounded answer to street clutter from the RSMA


Britain’s most historic cities and biggest festivals could cut sign clutter at a stroke by adopting simple join-the-dots, colour-coded route marks for visitors, says the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA).

News courtesy of:
David Armstrong
+44 (0)20 7808 7997
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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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17.05.2013 "Screaming Cones" on the BBC


An extraordinary amount of recent TV, radio and press coverage heralded Intellicone as a ‘screaming cone’. The reality is in fact, that the Intellicone technology is far more intelligent, offering three primary functions that enhance safety, improve efficiency and capture statistical information to the benefit of the contractor and clients.

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.

12.04.2013 RoSPA award for FLI Structures

FLI Structures achieves RoSPA Silver Award

11.04.2013 News from FLI Structures

FLI Structures CE Accreditation

11.04.2013 New software and Services demonstrated at Traffex/Parkex 2013

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

05.04.2013 Announcing the arrival of Keysoft Solutions Ltd

We are delighted to announce that as of 26th March 2013 Key Traffic Systems Ltd became Keysoft Solutions Ltd, with the two parts of the company branded as Keysoft Traffic and Keysoft Landscape.

04.04.2013 News from Sapa

The following is a newsletter from Sapa Pole Products

04.04.2013 Tourist Sign from Rennicks UK

Rennicks MTS main focus at the show will be the launch of two new innovative products – the Tourist Gateway Sign and the MTS iWicket.
In order to provide a better sense of place, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Transport have worked closely with the sign manufacturing industry to develop new boundary signs that can incorporate photographic images.  This is a new and radical change to the traditional sign design process.

04.04.2013 iWicket from Rennicks UK

The new iWicket digital LED sign from MTS will be launched at Traffex, developed to address RoWSaF working practice regarding crossing live lanes of traffic.
The sign has been developed in accordance with The Highways Agency’s‘Aiming for Zero’ Road Worker Safety Forum (RoWSaF) Strategy and meets new guidelines that states traffic management should be put in place before positioning signs in the central reservation, to avoid road workers having to cross live lanes of traffic. 

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.

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.

07.03.2013 One 2 Watch! Signature Ltd sign exclusive agreement with One2See

Signature today announced that they have signed an agreement with One 2 See signs to act as One 2 See’s exclusive distributer in the UK.
One 2 See are the market leader in energy efficient internally illuminated signs. Their range includes high performance LED illuminated signs, solar powered signs  and hooped bollards. Signature are the leading manufacturer and retailer in the Signage and Highway electrical Sector.

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.

27.02.2013 Latest Traffic Publications

Following the migration of the Department for Transport website to the new GOV.UK website, many web links have changed. The attached file contains the new links to the most frequently used traffic publications.

20.02.2013 New bollard stands guard at The Palace

Designed with internal reinforcing struts within a robust body shell and a base constructed out of solid rubber co polymers, the SignPost Solutions 3Sixty reflective bollard can always be expected to perform very well.

30.01.2013 Frangible Safety Posts Ltd to the rescue

On the 4th December 2012 in icy conditions there was an accident on the A970 on the Shetland Islands.

A vehicle struck one post of a two post Frangible Safety Post installation and the driver walked away unscathed. It is likely that should the vehicle have struck a traditional steel post installation the driver would have suffered significant injuries.

29.01.2013 Clearview Traffic Road Show invitation

Clearview Traffic invite you to their regional Road Show events.
Come and hear our expert speakers talk about the latest industry insights. Guest speakers such as Dr Stephen Ladyman (ex-Minister for Transport) will give his view of the changing transportation landscape and the challenges facing local and central government, providing insight into the latest thinking from across the globe as to how different countries are tackling common challenges. This session will give you the opportunity to discuss these challenges with your peers, share best practice and think of new ways in which we can help you to reach your goals etc.
Lunch and stadium tours will be provided and the events are free to attend on acceptance of invitation.
Please refer to the attached invitation or contact Mark Chermside, Senior Business Development Manager on  44 (0) 1869 362809 or  07850 522964      
E-mail  mark.chermside@clearviewtraffic.com

29.01.2013 1 million grant for safety technology

A European project, named Safelane, is being led by Highway Resource Solutions (HRS) and will focus on ground breaking technological developments that will improve road worker safety whilst also increasing operational efficiency of temporary traffic management.

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.

12.01.2013 News from Ritherdon

Ritherdon & Company Acquire Poletech Systems Limited

11.01.2013 News from Brett Landscaping

Trief a smash hit as containment kerb passes tough safety test.

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 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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

16.10.2012 Road Safety Foundation Tracking Data 2012 - Tables

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
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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.

23.09.2012 News from SignPost Solutions

The new SPS 3 Sixty is launched

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11.09.2012 News from Road Safety GB

Road Safety news -week commencing 10th September 2012

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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

18.07.2012 Report criticises Government over increase in road deaths

The DfT has paved the way for speed limits on many rural roads in England to be cut to 40mph, and for the introduction of more 20mph limits in urban areas (BBC News).

The DfT says in draft guidance that councils should consider reducing the limit from 60mph to 40mph on roads with many bends or junctions, where there is substantial development and where there is a considerable number of horse riders, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The DfT proposals are open to public consultation.

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18.07.2012 Transport Select Committee report criticises Government over increase in road deaths

The government has been criticised for a lack of leadership after the first increase in road deaths for nearly a decade.

The report by the Transport Select Committee also highlights the fact that road accidents are the main killer among 16-to-24-year-olds.

The committee calls for more help to keep young drivers and cyclists safe and to improve the design of roads.

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16.07.2012 RSMA Roadmarkings survey starts today

The Road Safety Markings Association is set to carry out the UK’s biggest survey of the state of white lines.
From 16 July and throughout August, more than 6,000 miles of roads in England, Scotland and Wales – including the UK’s ten most dangerous roads identified by the Road Safety Foundation - will be assessed for the quality of their central white lines.
Road markings are measured on their retro-reflectivity. A rating of 150mcd (millicandelas) is the level recommended by the industry, with road marking materials available that ensure lines remain clearly visible even at night in wet conditions. Under a Highways Agency standard, if the quality of markings falls below 100mcd, they should be scheduled for replacement, and if the quality rates below 80mcd, they must be replaced immediately.
RSMA national director, George Lee says: “We have identified a series of routes which cover motorways and major A roads managed by the Highways Agency, Transport Scotland and the Welsh Assembly, as well as lesser A and B roads managed by local authorities. 
“We recognise that the UK is currently under huge financial pressure, but road markings are widely recognised to provide the best, most simple and cost-effective navigation aid to drivers – and previous surveys have found white lines reduced to the level of the faintest chalk mark.”
The latest figures on road casualties, issued by the Department for Transport, show that around 40% of night-time collisions on motorways and rural roads occurred in the wet; and 34% of collisions caused by permanent road sign/marking defects occurred at night - of which 35% are where there is no street lighting.
“Currently, the Highways Agency and many local authorities are turning off motorway and street lighting – which makes high quality, well-maintained road markings absolutely imperative, if drivers are to be able to find their way on the darkest, wettest night.”
“By conducting the survey this summer, we anticipate that roads in and around London will show significant improvement over previous years’ results, as the capital’s network has been spruced up for the Jubiliee and Olympics.”
The findings of the report will be published in the autumn.

06.07.2012 Dewtec

Dew Proof Signing

03.07.2012 Death and serious injuries rise in 2011

The DfT report, ‘Reported Road Casualties 2011’, shows that the number of people killed in road collisions increased by 3%, from 1,850 in 2010 to 1,901 in 2011. The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) also increased by 2%, from 24,510 in 2010 to 25,023 in 2011.

Car occupant fatalities (883) increased by 6%; pedestrian fatalities (453) increased by 12%; and the number of cyclists seriously injured in road collisions (3,058) increased by 16%.

However, the total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police fell by 2%, from 208,648 in 2010 to 203,950 in 2011; total reported child casualties fell by 0.5%, to 19,474 in 2011; the number of children killed or seriously injured decreased by 4%, to 2,412 in 2011; and the number of cyclist and motorcyclist fatalities fell by 4% and 10% respectively.

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21.06.2012 NAL demonstration day dates

21.06.2012 News from the RSTA

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21.06.2012 "Wizards" make sign design easy

News from Buchanan Computing

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.


30.05.2012 Newsletter from Orafol

15.05.2012 ParkMap meets the latest traffic order requirements

In both its policy document Signing the Way and in its recent consultation on traffic orders, DfT encourages the use of mapping to illustrate and document new parking controls and other regulatory measures. It also advises authorities to consider the traffic signing at an early stage and to include this in proposals. 

02.05.2012 NAL Ltd launch a new range of Passively Safe bollards

The X-Last range of Passively safe bollards has been launched by NAL Ltd and will be demonstrated at the UK Roads Crash Demonstration day on 17th May 2012.

12.04.2012 Dont Fall Foul of Colour Compliance Rules, Contractors Warned

An increasing number of highways contractors are being enticed to use colour portable Variable Message Signs and in the process may unwittingly be breaking rules set out in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD), it has been claimed.

05.04.2012 BBC item on public understanding of traffic signs

Do you know your Highway Code?

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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
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05.03.2012 News from MTS

Rennicks UK and Mobile Traffic Solutions (MTS) are enhancing their service to clients for 2012 with the launch of two new websites.

24.02.2012 Flexipole Case Study from Ritherdon

For the past 2 years the City of Westminster Council have used the FlexiPole keep left sign on Broadway, Westminster. The scheme is still in place, with all FlexiPole’s installed still in-tact and in operation.

01.02.2012 News of a new product from Simmonsigns

Insight:  Designed and tested in harsh conditions, to deliver a reboundable chevron system, with unrivalled durability. Providing a permanent warning to road users with little or no maintenance required.

20.01.2012 Key Traffic Systems Releases KeyACCIDENT 7.0

Key Traffic Systems is pleased to announce the release of KeyACCIDENT 7.0, the latest incarnation of the UKs most popular accident analysis system. KeyACCIDENT has been updated to adhere to the latest Department for Transport Quinquennial Review whilst also boasting many impressive new features including compatibility with the NPIA CRASH system.
All in all KeyACCIDENT 7.0 has been updated to such a high standard it makes it even simpler to undertake accident analysis.

20.01.2012 The Traffic Signs (amendment) (no 2) Regulations &General Directions 2011

Many changes to the Traffic Signs and General Directions 2002 are included in the forthcoming Amendment Regulations, a 128 page document. Under these, Councils will no longer need special authorisation for many signs. This includes signs to warn lorry drivers of unsuitable roads, the need for which has increased as more and more drivers rely on Satnav systems. Also now part of the Regulations, and therefore not requiring special authorisation, are signs indicating parking spaces for car club and electric vehicle charging points. There are also some new rules to assist with the layout of signs showing variable parking restrictions, which will make it much easier for these to be understood. Other changes allow for contra flow cycle lanes on one-way streets without the need for extensive engineering, and cycle route signs may also now show a time to destination instead of the distance.

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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.

10.01.2012 New Mott MacDonald Traffic Signal Control Capability Statement

Traffic Control

Mott MacDonald has been extensively involved in the feasibility, consultation and design of numerous traffic engineering schemes. We are able to produce simulation models of designs and we seek to liaise closely with clients and affected parties (e.g. traders, residents, transport operators) in developing workable solutions. Our project experience covers both UK and international projects in areas such as Guyana, Bulgaria, Uganda, Ghana, India and South Africa. This enables us to interchange ideas and initiatives from various parts of the world.

21.12.2011 SAPA Newsletter

News from SAPA December 2011

21.12.2011 MIRA services

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15.11.2011 Sign Design Software covers the 2011 changes

Ahead of the publication of the long-awaited amendments to TSRGD, Buchanan Computing has released version 2.7 of SignPlot to cater for all the new signs. It has ‘wizards’ to create automatically the new parking plates and covers also the signs recently mass-authorised in England that have received little publicity.

02.11.2011 Mott MacDonald news

Mott MacDonald have issued a new Road Safety Audit Capability statement

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

19.10.2011 Signing The Way - Sign Review Results

24.08.2011 Motorway sign dominates new exhibition

British design,being celebrated in a major exhibition running until 22nd January 2012, focuses on traffic signs.

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 Reflexite has created a quick reference guide for vehicle conspicuity markings

Reflexite quick reference guide to ECE104 compliancy

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04.07.2011 Latest news from Road Safety GB

Road Safety Organisations herald record casualty reduction figures

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07.03.2011 Varley & Gulliver obtain CE Certificate for the HIMast

Varley and Gulliver has now received a CE Certificate of Conformity for the HIMast - see attached.

04.03.2011 Buchanan announces new version of their SignPlot software

Buchanan Computing is now releasing a new version of their UK leading traffic sign SignPlot software . Please find the latest press release attached. The official launch of SignPlot 2.6 will be at Traffex 2011.

10.12.2010 Key Traffic Systems Launches KeyPOST 2.0

Key Traffic Systems launched KeyPOST 1.0 in 2009 to enable users to design sign installations using a simple yet powerful graphical front end and test them, using current standards, against the effects of wind loading and stability. However, the requirements of design have become increasingly complex.  There are a plethora of standards to be adhered to and guidelines to be followed, and users have an ever-increasing need to turn to software to help simplify their processes.
We are now pleased to announce the release of KeyPOST 2.0 which enhances the capabilities of this product to include a greater range of manufacturers' passively safe posts, foundation types and anchorages.  There are more options for control of how posts and foundations are selected automatically for a given sign assembly, compliant with relevant UK and European standards, as well as many other improvements such as the ability to test back-to-back assemblies.
Additionally, KeyPOST now includes interaction with KeySIGN, the market leading sign design program, enabling signs to be exported and tested with KeyPOST and the results exported back to KeySIGN in a quick and simple 'round-trip' process.
All in all, KeyPOST 2.0 helps to streamline the design and testing of sign assemblies while remaining compliant with current standards.
About Key Traffic Systems
Key Traffic Systems Ltd is the UK market leader in software solutions for Highways and Traffic Management with over 20 years experience. Since July of 1998, Key Traffic Systems has operated as in independent member of the Key Systems Group. KTS offer a comprehensive range of Computer Aided Design and Database Applications for Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Street Lighting and Highways Maintenance Engineering. For further details on Key Traffic Systems visit www.keytrafffic.com or telephone 08451 30 30 40

29.11.2010 NAL announces new demonstration day dates

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

29.11.2010 Lattix saves another life

A recent Channel 4 documentary shows the life saving qualities of a passively safe sign post installation on the A14 The post in question was a Lattix mast
The item appears 12 minutes into the documentary - click here for the program: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/coppers/4od#3135653

03.11.2010 Ryburn Rubber obtain confirmation of the Jislon Pole Cone test results by TNO

Ryburn Rubber Ltd has recently obtained confirmation of Jislon Pole Cone test results conducted by TNO. The tests were carried out on three types of pole cone. The results show that all three types were able to withstand 1000 impacts without damage to the base or loss of functionality of the pole cones themselves. The cones did not deviate more than 2 degrees from their initial position.

13.10.2010 IHE press release on new SIgn Structures Guide

IHE Sign Structures Guide updated for passive safety and Eurocodes

13.10.2010 Buchanan Computing offer a new clutter busting training course

Details of the new Clutter Busting training course from Buchanan Computing

07.09.2010 Buchanan Computing has developed a new and exciting way to display road collision data online

Internet and intranet access to road collision data
Answering queries and sharing information on collisions can be time consuming and distract safety teams from their vital work of reducing road casualties. To help address this issue and to provide for different levels of access for different groups we have developed TraffWeb.

28.08.2010 Eric Pickles and Secretary of State Philip Hammond write letter to all local authorities about reducing street clutter including traffic signs.

A joint letter from Eric Pickles (Secretary of State, CLG) and from our Secretary of State (Philip Hammond) has been sent to all local authorities seeking their commitment to reduce street clutter including traffic signs.    The letter confirms that reducing street clutter is a priority for this Government and that traffic sign clutter is being addressed through the ongoing signing review. 

27.07.2010 Be Safe, Be Seen: Visibility for Sweeper Vehicles

Introducing the MLA15 Mini Light Arrow to the sweeper vehicle industry from leading road safety equipment suppliers, Highway Care.  The MLA15 is designed to dramatically increase visibility and therefore road safety for personnel who operate routine maintenance vehicles.  The bright flashing lights of the mini light arrow can be seen by motorists from a considerable distance.  This serves to increase a motorists’ awareness of a potential hazard ahead, is an ‘active’ sign showing the safe path of travel and allows the motorist additional time to make the required manoeuvre.


The MLA15 is ideal for use on low speed roads by slow moving maintenance vehicles that may not be supported by other traffic management procedures.  The light arrow is of lightweight construction and can be easily mounted to works vehicles such as sweepers or litter picking vehicles.  The MLA15 is Signs & Type Approved and meets the requirements of Chapter 8, for use on Highways Agency roads – ref (Chap 8 – 08.1.8)*


The MLA15 consists of 15 amber halogen lights which can display a choice of arrow left, arrow right or the 4-fold hazard warning lights.  The light arrow is supplied with a battery cable and control pad allowing full operation from within the relative safety of the vehicle cab.  The halogen lights are mounted on a grey aluminium sign panel which can be attached directly to a vehicle or mounted on a separate galvanized steel frame according to customer requirements. You have the choice of remote raise and lower also, meaning that the sign can be mounted much higher on the vehicle without suffering the consequences of wind resistance during normal travel. A full installation service is offered by Highway Care for customers who want a one-stop supply & service.


The MLA15’s simplicity and high visibility make it an essential first choice for road maintenance vehicles and their operators’ visibility and safety needs.

Find out more by calling our sales team today on 01622 734215 or visiting www.highwaycare.co.uk

* Chapter 8 (2009)

O8.1.8 An authorised small light arrow sign may be used on works vehicles as a substitute for a sign to diagram 610 and for the sign to diagram 7403. Details of which signs are authorised for use in this manner, and the limitations on their use as a substitute for the sign to diagram 7403, should be confirmed with the Overseeing Organisation. Where the traffic authority has carried out a risk assessment and determined that using the small light arrow sign on a road subject to a maximum speed limit above 40 mph will not compromise safety, they may apply for special authorisation to do so.

21.07.2010 News from Road Safety GB

Mike Penning MP, the new road safety minister, has accepted an invitation to deliver a keynote presentation at the 2010 Road Safety GB national conference.

Take Control rider assessment courses have been offered to women in West Mercia and Warwickshire following a significant increase in the number of female motorcyclists.

Road Safety GB's first national campaign, the Good Egg Guide to in-car child safety, is continuing to develop and expand as it moves towards its 6 September launch date.

And Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA's chief executive, says children should be encouraged to cycle with more freedom in order to gain life experience skills.

Read about these - and all the other important road safety issues of the moment - at:

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21.07.2010 Motorcycle Industry reinforces advertising policy with road safety in mind

As the European Commission adopts the Road Safety Action Programme 2011-2020 putting focus on vulnerable road users, motorcycle manufacturers members of ACEM adopt more stringent rules in favour of safety-oriented communication

16.07.2010 Highway Care has supplied 74 Xtension 110 P4 terminals for use on the A14.

Highway Care has supplied 74 Xtension 110 P4 terminals for use on the A14. The A14 is a key strategic route which links the port of Felixstowe in East Anglia with industrial centres in the Midlands.

Over the last six months work has been underway to install fibre optic cables along the A14’s length in order to provide real-time traffic information to 72 electronic overhead signs. Birse Civil Engineering awarded the contract to Arbus Civil Engineering to install safety barrier to protect this vital and costly infrastructure.

13.07.2010 Safethaw - The latest product for treating footways and pavements to prevent the formation of ice.

The latest product for treating footways and pavements to prevent the formation of ice.  Safethaw™ effectively prevents the ice/pavement bond forming, in addition Safethaw™ helps prevent snow compaction leading to treacherous conditions for pedestrians. Application requires significantly reduced operational resource. Footways can be treated faster than with traditional methods requiring Rock Salt.

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04.06.2010 FSP launch 168mm & 219mm diameter safety posts

Frangible Safety Posts Ltd (FSP) has announced the succesful testing of two new post sizes,168mm and 219mm diameter posts. The posts were tested in accordance with EN 12767 at MIRA in the UK and both classified as 100:NE:2. The 168mm diameter post was succesfully tested with a lower sign mounting height of 1.5m. Both new sizes have been added to the "available products" table. Visit: http://www.ukroads.org/passivesafety/scripts/products.asp

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:

26.03.2010 New Lattix mast obtains Highways Agency OK for UK Roads

The Highways Agency has confirmed it is content for the new Lattix Mast 4412 to be used on England's Motorway & Trunk Road network. The new mast is the smallest in the Lattix range.

For more details visit: http://www.signfix.co.uk/news-details.asp?NID=70


18.03.2010 Highway Care is pleased to introduce yet another first - a double-sided P4 terminal specially developed for the UK road network.

Highway Care is pleased to introduce yet another ‘first’ - a double-sided P4 terminal specially developed for the UK road network.  The Xtension 110 Double-sided P4 Terminal is the only approved ‘double-sided P4 terminal’ available.  This system offers many advantages to contractors and installers being universal for left hand and right hand applications and also having a number of foundation installation options.  The Xtension 110 Double-sided P4 Terminal is a tension based system that is simple, yet robust.  When installed as a driven post system, it offers a highly cost-effective solution in comparison to existing options. 

The Xtension 110 Double-sided P4 Terminal provides a safe termination for barriers acting as an alternative to conventional double ramped end terminals, which can potentially launch errant vehicles into obstructions being shielded or into the adjacent carriageway.  Its overall length and low displacement make it particularly suitable for restricted sites.

The Xtension 110 Double-sided P4 Terminal is fully tested to EN1317- 4, approved for use on Highways Agency roads and can be used without a ‘Departure from Standard’. Under test, the system proved its capability by redirecting a 1500kg vehicle.  When impacts from both sides occurred, the vehicle was safely redirected at a shallow exit angle, while the system absorbed the energy from the 1500kg vehicle impacting head on.  The impacting vehicle pushes against the impact head smoothly transferring the energy into longitudinal cables which are located behind the system beams.  The resistance between the impact head and the cable dissipates the energy during the rearward motion and brings the vehicle to a progressive, controlled halt.  The system can be connected directly to ‘W’ beam barrier systems of N2 containment and W2 working width and requires fewer parts to other similar systems, which allows for speedy installation, low repair costs and hence lower lifetime costs.    

16.03.2010 Screw Pile foundations for Area 6 passive sign posts

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.  

02.03.2010 FLI Structures announce recent contract award from Carillion for MS3 foundation on the A1/A19 project for the HA

22.02.2010 Man injured in collision with sign post

Hardly breaking 'news'! but the attached item from an edition of the Coventry Evening Telegraph dated 17th Feb is a reminder that unprotected and unforgiving posts are and always will be an unnecessary threat to life. Do any of you have any similar news reports that could be sent us? - we continually propose the solution but perhaps we also need to continually highlight the problem.....


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.

16.02.2010 LINPAC Environmental Night Owl Bollard Approved by Department for Transport

The Night Owl Keep Left Bollard from LINPAC Environmental is now formally approved by the Department for Transport and is included in the list of non-illuminated bollards authorised for use.

11.02.2010 News from The Stilwell Partnership

Latest news bulletin from The Stilwell Partnership


SignPost Solutions have just launched a new version of their Lattix Design Tool Kit. Version 2 is powered by ‘SIGNLOAD’ from Buchanan Computing and as with the original version is extremely user friendly.

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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23.01.2010 Frangible safety Posts Ltd. (FSP) Purchase the intellectual property for the Frangible Post System from 3M.

FSP is delighted to announce the purchase of the intellectual property rights for the Frangible Post System from 3M.
FSP will immediately be supplying the passive safety market with reinforced composite posts that will carry signs on motorways and other busy roads. The FSP product (as previously commercially developed and marketed by 3M) is designed to be strong enough to withstand turbulent weather conditions, but light and flexible enough to collapse on impact, protecting the driver and passengers and causing minimum damage to the vehicle.

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.

17.01.2010 Following 12 months of research and testing, Jerol have now successfully crash tested what is believed to be the first High Energy rated passively safe sign post.

The new post, which will be called the HElix post, is officially launched this month and will be available in the UK from February via Jerol's UK distributor, Post & Column Co. Ltd.

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.

22.12.2009 Motorcycle safety - what can be done

TEc magazine has recently published two articles on the subject of motorcycle safety.

16.12.2009 The Government is to issue guidance to reduce speed limits on selected rural A roads

The Government is issuing guidance to Local Authorities to enable a reduction in the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph to take place on selected rural A roads. They also want to see maximum speed limits of 20mph on all residential roads and near schools. An interactive map showing locations of crash fatalities occurring over the last ten years has been made available for public use.

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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.

20.10.2009 Wind of change blows cold

Mike Harper, Development Director at Stirling Lloyd Polychem believes that it is time to look again at some of the standard methods used to maintain the road network and look to a new generation of cold applied Methylmethacrylate (MMA) based materials to help ‘keep Britain moving’.


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.  

16.08.2009 New sightline calculator from The Stilwell partnership

Providing adequate visibility for a new access or junction can take large areas of valuable development land.   

The Stilwell simplified Sightline-Calculator©, conveniently helps you investigate your visibility splays and maximise developable land without compromising road safety. 

Manual for Streets (MfS), Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and even the Highway Code, all have differing results.  This quick and easy to use feature calculates sightline requirements according to the latest Department for Transport Standards.

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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.  

11.08.2009 Highway Care has confirmed continued sponsorship of the UK Road Safety website for 2010

We are pleased to announce that Highway Care has recently agreed to sponsor www.ukroadsafety.com for 2010. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with Nigel Bullock, Steve Powell, Paul Milburn and all the team at Highway Care.

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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.  

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.

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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