NH plans energy storage to support rapid motorway EV charging

National Highways is hopeful the challenge of finding somewhere to rapidly charge electric vehicles on a long journey could become a thing of the past thanks to a multi-million-pound investment. The government-owned organisation plans to invest in Energy Storage Systems – essentially giant battery packs – for service stations where the grid supply is not […]

Tarmac launches new guide to sustainable road building’

Tarmac has launched a new online framework designed to  support those involved in specifying and maintaining the UK’s crucial network of roads and highways: the Guide to Sustainable Road building.  “Its launch reflects our approach as a business and is rooted in the principles and targets set out in our 2030 sustainability strategy. The guide also highlights solutions, technological advances […]

Smart motorway scheme “put on hold”

It’s reported that Highways England has paused work on the M3 smart motorway project after safety fears from MPs. The website Construction Enquirer reports Balfour Beatty is “the first to be hit with National Highways confirming that its team on the M3 Smart motorway project should be stood down”. The report says civil engineering arm […]

Hertfordshire County Council launches a public engagement exercise on HERT vision

Hertfordshire County Council has started public engagement for its proposed Hertfordshire Essex Rapid Transit (HERT). The HERT aims to deliver a step-change in the passenger transport network through an accessible, reliable and affordable mass transit system, connecting Watford and Hemel Hempstead in the west to Harlow (west Essex) in the east. The HERT will connect […]

New M6 junction 19 roundabout opens to drivers

The new M6 Junction 19 road bridge and roundabout has opened for drivers, easing traffic flow at the intersection. The roundabout allows traffic leaving the M6 northbound at J19 onto the A556 towards Manchester, and from the southbound side to the A556 towards Northwich. New signals switched on on Tuesday 23 November which are designed […]

Wejo completes merger to become a listed company

The Manchester based connected vehicle data company Wejo and Virtuoso Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, have completed their previously announced merger. It means a cash injection to Wejo of around $225.7 million (£167 million) which it says it’ll use to execute its vision of building the “manufacturer-agnostic industry standard in connected […]

ULEZ revenues much lower than expected

It seems Transport for London’s drive to remove the most polluting vehicles from the capital’s roads has been more successful than expected. But, according to London’s financial newspaper City AM, that has had an effect on “blowing a £600 million hole in TfL’s finances”. The paper says early indications suggest “greater compliance of vehicles and […]

First 20mph pilot scheme starts in Oxfordshire

A south Oxfordshire village has become the first pilot site for a scheme to make 20mph the new 30mph across the county. Oxfordshire County Council brought in 20mph restrictions to Cuxham this week, putting in new speed signs and road markings and cutting back vegetation to make them more visible. Last month, the council’s Cabinet […]

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