EiB team walk 12.6 million steps to raise money for charity

The team at EiB, providers of specialist work-winning support to the highways and transport industry, has raised £1,600 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital by walking 12.6 million steps as part of a strategic network challenge. The 6,238 miles walked by the team of 24, is equivalent to walking the full length of both Highways England’s […]

Alun Griffiths wins Banwell Bypass contract

North Somerset Council has awarded Welsh-based contractor, Alun Griffiths, the design and build contract for the Banwell Bypass near Weston Super Mare. Plans are for the bypass to help with congestion problems on existing local roads in and around the village of Banwell in the county as well as boost the local community and businesses […]

RAC reports sharpest quarterly rise in pothole-related call-outs

The RAC says that in the first quarter of 2021, it had to go and help nearly 5,000 drivers who’d been forced to stop because they’d hit a pothole. The motoring club says this is a three-fold increase in the number of such breakdowns compared to the last quarter of 2020. 4,694 drivers called the […]

Operation Brock barrier on M20 to be removed

A movable barrier installed to cope with any traffic problems due to Brexit-related freight hold-ups in Kent is being removed after transport managers decided it’s not needed. The removal will start on Saturday 24 April and take two days. It’ll mean the M20 in Kent returns to three full width lanes at the national speed […]

M25 driver caught ignoring red ‘X’ sign loses court battle

A driver has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000 in fines and costs after losing a court battle to overturn a fixed penalty notice for driving under a red X on the M25 in 2018. SaferHighways.co.uk reports they were among nearly 300 drivers who were spotted travelling in closed lanes while Police dealt with a […]

Japanese use motorway toilets to monitor driver fatigue

A motorway service station in Japan is offering drivers the chance to check their tiredness levels while using the toilet. A Japan Today article tells how its reporter Masanuki Sunakoma tried out the technology at Kanagawa Prefecture’s Ebina Service Area, 45 minutes from Tokyo. “Stepping inside the stall, he took a seat and saw a digital […]

North Somerset Council scraps plans to close some rural roads to traffic

North Somerset Council has cancelled plans to close some rural roads to traffic. Last month, as reported by Highways News, the council published an order to ban through traffic from a network of 34 lanes in some areas of the county. This was part of plans to provide space on these roads for cyclists and […]

Shapps asks ORR to confirm evidence for ‘relative safety’ of smart motorways

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has asked the Office of Rail and Road to confirm the evidence base for the ‘relative safety’ of All Lane Running (ALR) motorways. The move comes after Mr Shapps spoke to the House of Commons yesterday following the publication of Highways England’s smart motorway stocktake first year progress report. The report […]

Highland Council sets its sights on multi-million pound transport investment

A bid to fund the design and delivery of over £55 Million of transport infrastructure in Highland was submitted to Transport Scotland today.  A partnership including The Highland Council, bus operators and other stakeholders has put together a package of measures to prioritise buses in congested parts of the network. Alongside walking, wheeling and cycling, […]


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