Devon CC to convert all of its streetlights to LEDs

All of the 79,000 street lights in Devon are to be replaced with LEDs, a move that will see the council cut their carbon emissions by 75%, as part of plans for the council to become carbon-neutral by 2030. The county-wide conversion will take place over two years and will be the energy-efficient equivalent of […]

Government to review law on mobile phone use behind the wheel

People using a hand-held mobile phone in all circumstances while driving will be breaking the law, under new government plans launched by Roads Minister Baroness Vere today. Following a review of the law, where some were escaping punishment because of a legal loophole that said that some actions were not considered ‘interactive communication’ and therefore […]

Shapps questions active travel lane changes

The Transport Secretary has voiced scepticism about changes to road layouts in towns and cities which have seen traffic lanes reassigned as space for cycling and walking. The Sunday Telegraph has reported Grant Shapps has written a “strongly worded letter” to councils, Grant Shapps warning he is “not prepared to tolerate” badly designed road closures and […]

Lorry driver caught playing solitaire as he used Dartford crossing

A lorry driver’s been fined after being spotted playing solitaire while he drove at the Dartford Crossing. Kent Police’s roads unit tweeted that patrol bikes had spotted the situation and pulled the driver over. It included an image of the offence (pictured). The image also appears to show a mobile phone besides the laptop mouse. […]

Police urged to adopt “flexible” approach to speed cameras

Police forces and safer roads partnerships are being urged to adopt a new speed camera enforcement strategy in a bid to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the country’s roads. Not-for-profit advisory company Road Safety Support has a released a report, ‘Enforcement Strategy – Raising the Game,’ which calls for forces to leave […]

GM’s Cruise to test driverless cars in California

General Motors driverless vehicle subsidiary Cruise has been given a permit to test its vehicles on the streets of San Francisco. Its CEO Dan Ammann says the company will be allowed to remove the human backup drivers from its self-driving cars, and while they’re not the first to get such a permit, they’re going to […]

Work begins on £10m highways scheme for new housing at Ashton Green

A major highway infrastructure scheme has started in Leicester to support the Aston Green housing project. The £10 million project will see the creation of 2.8km of new roads and highway infrastructure to the west of Ashton Green Road, which will provide access to 40 hectares of development land earmarked for new housing. In 2018, […]

UK backs three-pronged project to reduce transport carbon emissions by 90%

A new research project aimed at tackling three major innovations for the UK transport industry has received substantial backing from the British Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The project will link Brunel with eight research partners – including BP, Shell, Lubrizol, Mahle Powertrain, Camcon Auto, Osprey Ltd, Malvern P and China’s […]

Bromley takes the sustainable road with use of warm mix asphalt

Warm mix asphalt is now being used on roads in the borough of Bromley, meaning new surfaces can be laid faster with the asphalt setting quicker as well as being more sustainable than more traditional ones. Working with its highways maintenance partner, Riney, Bromley Council has committed to using warm mix asphalt for road maintenance […]

Items sold to public from A14 project raises £500,000

Members of the public have been bidding online for equipment used during the construction of the A14. The bid made £5000,000 which will be offset against the cost of the scheme. Highways England said almost 1,000 people took part in the bidding over two days, making offers on lots including solar-powered road signs, storage containers […]

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