Kier/WSP JV gets Northamptonshire highways contract

A Kier/WSP joint venture has been awarded the highway maintenance contract for Northamptonshire CC. The contract, worth £120 million, is over 16 months, with a possible nine month extension and will include responsive maintenance, work on road bridges in the city of Northampton and also public consultation. The project will also include managing the county’s […]

A route to a better future for local highways?

A £15 billion fund for local roads could be created by closely linking to inflation and then released on a TOTEX basis, removing the public sector restrictions on capital and revenue spending, according to the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT). The idea comes as part of a new report by CIHT, Improving Local […]

ITS (UK) appoints TRL’s Ryan Hood as Chairman

The UK Intelligent Transport Society, ITS (UK), has appointed Ryan Hood as its new Chairman. Mr Hood, who is TRL’s Strategic Account Manager, will replace Ian Patey who held his position for an unprecedented three years. Speaking at the recent ITS (UK) Council meeting, held by a teleconference, Mr Hood said: “These are interesting times […]

Warwickshire turns to Yotta for asset management

Warwickshire CC has awarded technology company, Yotta a major multi-year contract to deliver strategic asset management across its 2,500 mile-long highways network. Yotta will provide the council with its flagship connected asset management platform, Alloy and associated services and support to help deliver highways, streetworks and permitting, along with streetlighting management across the country. Warwickshire […]

Highways England publishes new version of DMRB

Highways England has published the new version of its Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). Its new format and website interface will offer a simpler way for users to access and use the documents needed. Steve Davy, Head of Technical Services at Highways England said: “To help the highways industry operate more efficiently and […]

Make driverless cars, not comms, cleverer, says academic

A Fellow of Queens College, Cambridge is suggesting that “clever” driverless cars could cope with 2G connectivity, and that improving their sensors is a faster way to deployment, rather than relying on 5G communications. Dr Ramsey Faragher, who’s also CEO of FocalPoint, told TU-Automotive that cheap software can bridge the gap to truly smart automated […]

DfT aims to ‘decarbonise’ transport

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a report aimed at accelerating the decarbonisation of Transport. The Transport De-carbonisation Plan (TDP), sets out in detail what government, business and society will need to do to deliver the significant emissions reduction needed across all modes of transport, putting the UK on a ‘pathway to achieving carbon […]


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