Government sets up taskforce to reopen Hammersmith Bridge

The Government has set up a taskforce to get Hammersmith Bridge reopened as quickly as possible. The taskforce will be led by Transport Minister Baroness Vere and will include representatives from Network Rail. Though it is a road bridge not a rail bridge, Network Rail has experts familiar with similar cast-iron structures. Hammersmith and Fulham […]

Time to embrace e-scooters says ADEPT

The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has called on the industry to embrace the benefits of e-scooters. In a new paper published yesterday, the association sets out the benefits of e-scooters and its thoughts on how the Government can support increased take up as part of their commitment to improving air […]

HE boss admits smart motorway introduction ‘could have been done better’

The outgoing Chief Executive of Highways England has admitted the organisation could have done a better job of introducing smart motorways. In an interview with Highways News to be published in full next week, Mr O’Sullivan told site co-owner Adrian Tatum things “could have been done differently” over the way the organisation communicated the concept […]

UK economy would be boosted by £1.6bn if WHO guidelines are met

The UK economy could benefit by £1.6 billion every year by reducing premature deaths, sickness and lower productivity at work if World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for air pollution were to be met. This is the highlight from a major new study produced by CBI Economics, the CBI’s economic analysis arm, commissioned by the Clean Air […]

A120 upgrade project gets a boost

Highways England will soon progress with a major upgrade to the A120 in Essex, it has been announced. Essex County Council said campaigners for the project say the upgrade of the A120, from Braintree to the A12, to a dual carriageway will deliver a valuable boost to the county economy, benefiting businesses, creating jobs and […]

New tech to catch noisy drivers in Surrey

New noise monitors are being installed roads near the A24 in Surrey in an attempt to stop drivers and motorcyclists racing up and down it. Surrey Live reports Residents in villagesbetween Dorking and Leatherhead have complained of “deafening noise” from speeding cars and motorbikes as they use the area “as a race track”. Drivers apparently […]

Tarmac praised for its approach to recycling

A Member of Parliament has congratulated Tarmac on its success in regularly recycling construction materials. The company’s highways services team has welcomed Tom Randall, Member of Parliament for Gedling, to a road resurfacing project in Nottinghamshire to highlight the UK’s successful track record in the use of recycled materials in construction. During the visit to […]

Tesla loses a third of its value in a week

Tesla has seen a huge drop in its market capitalisation after it was left out of America’s S&P 500 list of leading blue-chip companies. In total it has lost almost a fifth of its value, with around US$145 billion (£111 billion) since last Monday. This has personally cost owner Elon Musk around $30 billion. The […]

Staffordshire to spend extra £2m on roads and maintenance

Staffordshire CC is to invest an extra £2 million to improve problem road drains, gullying emptying and additional roadside grass cutting . The council is proposing spending the additional money on a range of projects after feedback from residents and councillors. The funding includes: repairs to road gullies at problem locations; more gully cleaning in […]

Hampshire CC submits bid for £3.45m to redesign roads

A bid worth £3.45 million has been submitted in Hampshire as part of plans to redesign roads and high streets in order to support social distancing and assist economic recovery. Earlier in the year the county council secured funding worth £863,000 for temporary pop up measures. The council says that so far, 40 temporary footpaths […]


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