HE and Transport Secretary disagree on red lights for recovery vehicles

It’s being reported Highways England is objecting to calls for roadside recovery vehicles to use red flashing lights on their vehicles. The Telegraph says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps privately backs allowing breakdown vehicles to use red lights, rather than the conventional orange ones, as safety measure for recovery staff. The report says MPs and campaigners […]

Imperial highlights research “bringing self driving deployment closer”

Researchers at Imperial College London say they have simulated self-driving fleet impacts using real-world data, providing suggestions for their optimal deployment in cities. They say their simulations show the potential of fleets of autonomous vehicles (AV) on congestion, emissions, public transport and ride-sharing services. The Imperial team analysed tens of thousands of possible deployment scenarios […]

Highways England on the search for apprentices to join Lower Thames Crossing project

Highways England is looking for apprentices to join the Lower Thames Crossing project. Six project management apprentices are being taken onto help with the road investment scheme. This recruitment drive comes as Highways England continues to revise the application withdrawn in November due to feedback received from the government’s independent planning authority, the Planning Inspectorate. From September, the apprentices […]

ARTSM extends membership classes

The Association for Road Traffic Safety and Management has announced an extension in membership classes, saying it “recognises the need to provide for newcomers to the industry who, whilst bringing innovation, may be better able to bring interoperability working alongside those who are already well placed to assist”. ARTSM says its working groups offer a […]

County sees zero fatalities so far this year

Road safety officials in Lincolnshire are cautiously welcoming statistics that show nobody has been killed on the county’s roads so far this year. They say that usually around 50 people a year suffer a road-related death in the county, and by the end of February last year five had lost their lives. News website TheLinc […]

DfT to have second HQ in Birmingham and ‘northern hub’ in Leeds

The Department of Transport (DfT) has announced the creation of a second HQ in Birmingham and a northern hub in Leeds, as part of a plan to create 650 roles in the cities. The move is part of the government’s commitment to diversifying the Civil Service, ensuring decisions are rooted in the communities it serves, it […]

Government promises to create a new ‘bus revolution’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled the most ‘ambitious’ shake-up of the bus sector in a generation, which will see lower, simpler flat fares in towns and cities, turn-up-and-go services on main routes, and new flexible services to reconnect communities. The government’s new bus strategy, backed by £3 billion of investment, will see passengers across […]

NE Lincolnshire Council approves £3 million spend on roads

North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet has approved close to £3m of central Government money aimed to improve and maintain the carriageways, footpaths and highway structures of North East Lincolnshire. The funding will be used for the year ahead, starting in April. It will contribute towards major schemes planned for the area, alongside the ongoing core […]

Chevron Traffic Management aquires Camps Highways and Camps Enviornmental Services

Chevron Traffic Management has announced the acquisition of Powys-based Highways Soft Estate maintenance companies, Camps Highways Limited and Camps Environmental Services (CES) Limited. In a deal which completed on 1st March 2021, Camps Highways and CES have become part of the Chevron Group of companies which provides traffic management, digital services and soft estate maintenance […]

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