Interview: Ben Brown, Head of Road Asset Management, Vaisala

Highways News spoke to Vaisala’s Head of Road Asset Management, Ben Brown about the company’s development of its RoadAI asset management system, the benefits of which are now being enjoyed by several local authorities across the UK as they look to gain more insight on the condition of their networks. Highways News (HN): Ben, you […]

Swansea selects second Multihog solution based on road repair success

The City and County of Swansea Council has selected a second Multihog machine to self-deliver permanent patch repairs after their first Multihog massively improved operational efficiency and productivity. The Multihog and planer attachment has fast become the UK’s chosen method for permanently repairing various sized potholes, patches, and defects due to its productive outputs, safety […]

Portsmouth City Council launches charging clean air zone

The government-mandated charging clean air zone (CAZ) in Portsmouth has now been launched by the city council. The Portsmouth CAZ is a class B, meaning that ‘non-compliant’ vehicles will be issued a daily charge to drive in the zone.  For the Portsmouth CAZ ‘non-compliant’ vehicles are buses, coaches, taxi, private hire vehicles and heavy goods […]

National Highways plans second industry day before inviting bids for next-generation Pavement Delivery Framework

National Highways is planning a second industry day before inviting bids for its new Pavement Delivery Framework. The next-generation framework will include nine lots, including three-super regions. The new £1.3bn framework will replace the previous surfacing and pavement arrangement, presently dominated by Tarmac Trading and Aggregate Industries for projects valued over £1m. A formal invitation […]

AI firm’s investment means new base and bigger team

The AI company Simplifai, which has bases in Huddersfield and Newcastle, has secured £250,000 co-investment as part of plans to expand and set up a new base in Manchester. The money comes from angel investor, GC Angels and E2E Capital Ventures as part of its plans to develop its technology in Manchester and open an […]

UK-first dynamic electric vehicle charging hub opens in Wolverhampton

A UK-first electric vehicle dynamic charging hub is opening in Wolverhampton. The site is the first of more than 150 charging hubs being delivered across the UK by Osprey Charging in a £75 million programme aimed at eliminating charging anxiety ahead of the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars. The company says EV uptake […]

Hammersmith ferry project abandoned

The Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce, responsible for the safe reopening of the bridge over the Thames in West London, has decided to cease work on introducing a ferry service. Uber won the right to open the ferry eight months ago to provide a crossing while essential safety work was carried out on the bridge which reopened […]

TfNSW signs partnership to develop next-gen SCATS

Transport for New South Wales in Australia is partnering with Accenture-owned software development firm Industrie&Co to help deliver the next generation state-owned Sydney coordinated adaptive traffic system (SCATS). Australian website IT News reports the new partnership will see the pair work on new features for the real-time traffic management system, which was first introduced in […]


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