Dyer & Butler introduces fleet of remote controlled miniature vacuum exacavators

Dyer & Butler, a part of the M Group Services Transport Division, has introduced a fleet of remote controlled, miniature vacuum excavators to its plant and fleet portfolio as part of its continued investment in its excavation safety procedures as well as innovation across the company. Following its investment in the Vac-Ex AIR-VAC II excavators, […]

Transport Committee to investigate the roll-out and safety of Smart Motorways

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is to investigate the benefits and safety of Smart Motorways in a new inquiry, launching today (Friday 26 February). MPs will also consider their impact on reducing congestion on busy sections of motorway and other roads in the strategic road network. Campaigners against Smart Motorways have called for […]

Boost for local bus services in the West Midlands

Development work has started on a £30 million package of bus priority measures to improve reliability and journey times on commuter routes covered by some of the region’s busiest bus services between Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley. The measures will include new bus lanes, priority junctions and bus gates, with brand new state-of-the-art bus stops offering […]

Arup and partners start work on Greater Manchester’s active neighbourhoods

Arup has started work with Sustrans and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), 10GM and local councils to design 10 Active Neighbourhood schemes across the Greater Manchester city region. The Active Neighbourhoods project aims to prioritise the movement, health and safety of people over cars. This includes using modal filters such as benches, planters or bollards […]

Jenoptik cameras go live in Coventry

Four average speed cameras are switched on a notorious road in Coventry today. The Jenoptik system will enforce speeds along Longford Road where a pedestrian died in a hit and run in 2019. ANPR cameras are also on Bell Green Road, Burnaby Road and Ansty Road. Cllr Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services, told […]

WJ Group win Excellence in Safety Innovation Award at Highways England Awards

WJ Group has been announced winner of the ‘Excellence in Safety Innovation Award’ at the Highways England virtual awards event. The “Robotic age dawns for the road markings sector”submission featured the WJ Robotic PreMarker highlighting the huge health, safety and wellbeing benefits provided by eliminating risks and protecting vulnerable operatives. This latest Highways England accolade […]

Commuters told to expect fewer trains post-pandemic

The chairman of Network Rail has suggested commuters should get used to fewer trains after the pandemic but can expect better reliability. The Telegraph quotes Sir Peter Hendy saying that “too many trains on the track” does not improve the service, adding: “We’ve proved that.” In an address to the National Rail Recovery Conference, he […]

Driverless 5G-enabled lorries to be tested in Northeast

A new project’s been announced which will use 5G technology to automate a 40 tonne HGV. Technology company North has been appointed to design, build and support the £4.9 million operation, which will take place close to Vantec at the Nissan test track in Sunderland. North will partner with Nokia in a project they say […]

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