North Somerset starts the search for a contractor to build its Banwell Bypass

North Somerset Council has started the search for a contractor to construct its Banwell Bypass near Weston Super Mare, which will include improvements to junction 21 of the M5 as well as flood mitigation works. The £56m project, which is to be funded by the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, will support the development of future […]

Transport Scotland starts search for five consultants for £40 million framework

Transport Scotland has started the procurement process to find five consultants to provide support services under a new framework. The consultants will support Transport Scotland’s future roads related transport infrastructure projects and schemes under a new framework. According to a notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the organisation is looking […]

Two thirds of drivers “uncomfortable” with hands-free motorway driving

A YouGov survey suggests that the government has a challenge to win the public over to the idea of hands-free driving. A consultation was launched last week asking for evidence on using new technology for automated driving to keep the vehicle within its lane and in control without the driver needing to do anything but […]

Mottram Bypass project plans make progress

A road project that will create a new dual carriageway from the M67 junction four to a new junction on the A57 (T), to help ease traffic on the popular Manchester to Sheffield route, has got one step closer. The joint-venture Balfour Beatty Atkins has been appointed by Highways England as its design partner for […]

Ford trialling accident prediction technology

A consortium led by Ford is developing a way of using connected vehicle and roadside sensor data to predict where road crashes may take place. The Data-Driven Road Safety Tool will analyse the information to suggest the likely locations and possible root causes of potential road safety hotspots. Researchers say the insights will enable cities […]

Aimsun completes two year mobile phone modelling project

Transport simulation experts Aimsun have announced they have completed a two year project to extract travel demand information from anonymised mobile phone records and integrate it into the Aimsun Next modelling platform. Project BAMBOO involved using urban data from Santander, interurban on the the AP-7 highway and national across Spain. Aimsun says each provide different […]

ARTSM highlights “Problems with Specification”

The Association for Road Traffic Safety and Management has produced an opinion paper highlighting the issues around a change in the European Economic Area from prescriptive standards to a Performance-based Standards approach. “Little did anyone know how difficult this slight change would be”, says article author Ian Thomas. In this Highways News Insight, read the […]

A-one+ produces video to highlight the dangers of a service strike

Highways contractor A-one+, has produced a video to highlight to the supply chain the dangers of service strikes and to highlight to the workforce the importance of following safe systems of work. The video also comes at a time when the sector has seen a rose in strikes, including seven over just a two week […]

RIS 2 will support 64,000 construction jobs and deliver £14 billion worth of projects

Highways England will help support 64,000 construction industry jobs and deliver £14 billion of projects as part of its Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) Delivery Plan. Launched on Friday, as reported by Highways News, the organisation said almost £11 billion will go into improving every day journeys by repairing and replacing parts of the network, […]


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