Highways Sector Council’s mission to transform the industry

The Highways Sector Council (HSC) has developed a proposal to transform the industry, supportdelivery of the government’s priorities and strengthen the UK economy as the country emerges fromthe COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal sets out four areas for development and focuses on the highways sector which been agreed with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways […]

emovis and Conduent win HE’s Dartford Crossing contracts

Highways England has awarded the first of its multi-package contracts for its second-generation free-flow charging service. Consisting of three core packages, the first two contracts, worth up to a combined £270m over 10 and a half years, have been awarded to Conduent and emovis, who will primarily operate the existing Dartford Crossing free-flow charging scheme, […]

Comment & Opinion: Transportation Infrastructure-it’s about bringing communities together

By Chris Tyerman For most of us, when we hear infrastructure, we often think of mega projects such as Crossrail, HS2, Hinkley Point, or Heathrow’s third runway. That isn’t surprising, national projects are undeniably important as arteries for industry and powerhouses of growth. Most transport infrastructure of course, isn’t national, or even regional in scope; […]

Highways England on the look out for contractors to assess structures

Highways England has started the search for contractors to deliver structure inspection surveys. Its latest contract notice said the work would involve structiural, general and principal inspections as well as the overall monitoring and reporting of structures. This will see contracts will be awarded in six geographical regions: Yorkshire and North East, North West, East, […]

Autonomous trial underway in Cambridge

As lockdown eases, a trial of autonomous pods can get underway at last in Cambridge, with two vehicles now beginning operations in the city. The Cambridge Independent reports that Aurrigo engineers are mapping the test route from Madingley Road Park & Ride around the University of Cambridge’s West Cambridge campus. Selected passengers will be invited […]

Westminster Bridge cycle lanes become permanent

Transport for London’s plans to install permanent barriers to block off cycle lanes on Westminster Bridge have been approved by the two affected Boroughs either side of the Thames. Community website London-SE1 reports that both the City of Westminster and Lambeth councils have approved the application for listed building consent for the proposed new layout. […]

Norfolk hails “a small team doing big things with real-time data”

Amy Pantall, Marketing Writer with Trapeze Group (UK) supplies us with this case study: Many UK authority staff will be familiar with the challenge of working in a small team and being responsible for managing public transport across a large region.   One such authority is Norfolk County Council, where the team needed strong control over their data in order to provide accurate and up to date Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI), ensuring the public can access reliable information at all times via apps and at-stop displays.  Given that the team handling data is essentially just one […]

Irish government invests €10.5m in rural road network

The Irish Government is to invest €10.5m to upgrade rural roads and laneways across the country. The Government’s Department of Rural and Community Development has allocated money to several areas including; Tipperary, which received €619,969; Cork, €920,000; Kerry, €689,930; Limerick, €404,090; Waterford, €278,802; and Clare received €500,811. The funding – announced under the Local Improvement […]

Government invests £11.6 million in vital new road in Swindon

The funding of a new access road between Swindon and the planned New Eastern Villages development will provide faster journeys and enable the construction of 4,150 new homes, according to the Department for Transport. Planned works on the project include a new roundabout, signalised junction and footway – all of which will ease congestion and […]

Reporting system adapted to testing highways

Software firm CoreRFID is delivering a new tailored reporting system for the test facility BHP, which specialises in testing the weight bearing loads of roads. Based on CoreRFID’s market leading CheckedOK solution, the new system automates the results of on-site California Bearing Ratio tests, which find out the load bearing characteristics of roads and pavements. […]


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