Colas awarded Area 9 maintenance and response contract

Colas has been awarded the eight-year Maintenance and Response contract for Area 9 by National Highways. Worth £328m the contract covers the Strategic Road Network within Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire as well as parts of Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Across a total lane length of around 3,760 km of motorway and trunk roads, […]

Major Japanese car manufacturers to equip their models with automated driving tech

Major Japanese car manufacturers, including Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor, will equip their main models with automated driving technology by around 2022, the Asian business and news website Nikkei has learned. With Japanese carmakers trailing U.S. and Chinese rivals, they see a need to quicken the pace of installing self-drive capability in their vehicles. The Japanese automakers are initially installing capabilities at level 2 […]

Former Interim Chief Executive awarded BEM in New Year Honours

The former Interim Chief Executive of Living Streets has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours List 2022.   Jenni Wiggle is recognised for helping millions of people to walk more, particularly as part of the charity’s walk to school programme, and for her response to the pandemic.  Jenni worked at […]

Barnsley Council to consider raft of highway improvements

Barnsley Council is to consider additional work to carriageways and bridges, including drainage, traffic signals, road restraint systems, footways, cycleways, street lighting, road signs and markings. A total of £13.2m was allocated for a host of projects in 2020/21, with a projected £9.9m and £8m more in 2021/22 and 2022/23 respectively. According to the local […]

Highways News journalist chats driverless cars on Radio 2

Highways News co-owner Paul Hutton has explained the concept and development of driverless cars to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. The eight minute interview was giving background to a new initiative in Milton Keynes called Fetch, where driverless vehicles, controlled by a remote operator, will take MK Dons footballers between their stadium and training ground. […]

Jenoptik’s mobile phone enforcement solution gets mainstream media coverage

An automated machine vision technology system which spots when people are using their phones whilst driving has been featured in a national newspaper – promoting the value of technology in making our roads safer. The Daily Mail ran an article about the Jenoptik solution which identified 15,000 cases of mobile phone misuse in a six […]

SWARCO wins Paris contract

Transport technology company SWARCO is to implement its MyCity traffic management software solution in Paris. It’s part of a wider contract which sees a reduction in car access in the city, more cycle lanes and the conversion of all street lights to LED. “We are very happy to be able to work with the City […]

CBE for ITS expert Phil Blythe

The Department for Transport’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Phil Blythe, has received a CBE in the New Years honours list. The Newcastle University academic is a distinguished engineer who has made an significant contribution to the transport sector in the development of Intelligent Transport Systems – the use of information, communications and computing technology […]

24-hour bus lanes trial in London set to become permanent as bus journey times improve

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it intends to make its trial of 24-hour bus lanes permanent, after a trial found that extending bus lane hours on London’s busiest roads cut journey times and helped reliability. Improvements in bus journey times were particularly noticeable in central and inner London, especially in both the mornings […]

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