DfT urged to prioritise strategic road maintenance over new enhancements

The Commons Transport Committee has published its report on the Department for Transport’s strategic road investment portfolios, urging the Government to ensure future Road Investment Strategy portfolios are deliverable and prioritise day-to-day maintenance over complex expansion projects. It bases that view on increasing costs of projects, net zero commitments and ageing strategic road assets. Read […]

New collaboration aims to reduce congestion on Stoke’s A-roads

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has entered into a partnership with National Highways in a bid to tackle the challenges faced by the city road network. The city council has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the government-owned company, which operates and maintains England’s motorways and major A-roads. The 10-year agreement will see the two parties […]

RECHARGE UK calls for focus on green jobs

With Tata recently confirming plans to build a new Gigafactory in the UK and providing up to 4,000 direct jobs, the EV arm of the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology RECHARGE UK are urging the UK Government to address the green EV jobs skills gap. Its new report ‘Charging Forward to 2030’ provides […]

Hitchin town centre pedestrianisation to be made permanent

A pedestrianisation project that has created “people-focused” spaces in Hitchin High Street and Market Place in Hertfordshire is to be made permanent, following a public consultation. The council says the trial has “created a friendlier space that is more pleasant for people walking, wheeling and cycling and helps cafés, restaurants and other nearby businesses accommodate […]

AA releases advice on speed camera myths

The AA has produced a new guide explaining speed cameras, why they’re there and why people can’t cheat them. “It’s a tired stereotype that drivers think of speed cameras as the enemy,” the introduction reads. “In June 2019, our Populus poll asked Members if it was acceptable to use speed cameras to identify vehicles involved […]

Companies come together to compete with Apple and Google maps

A group of leading tech companies have come together to deliver an open map dataset aimed at providing app developers with free geographical data, and take on Google and Apple Maps. Amazon, Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom have jointly launched the Overture Maps Foundation, collaborating “to enable current and next-generation interoperable open map products, today announced […]

Mott MacDonald opens new office in Birmingham

Engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has moved to a new larger office in Birmingham having more than doubled its staff over the last five years to reach 550 people, with the office having space for up 700 people. With continued growth forecasted, the move cements the consultancy’s commitment to clients and projects across […]

Signify’s LED lighting helps Sefton with net zero ambitions

Lighting company Signify is supporting Sefton Council’s climate action by upgrading the borough’s public lighting to energy-efficient LED. The project includes the upgrade of 26,000 light points on traffic routes, roads, streets, and residential areas. The phased program will be completed in 2025 and is expected to reduce annual maintenance by 45%, saving the council […]

Google’s eco-friendly routing “cuts 1.2m tonnes of carbon”

A new report suggests drivers are taking Google Maps’ advice for how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their trips. The website The Verge has analysed the company’s environmental report which says a feature in Google Maps that allows users to see the most fuel-efficient routes has helped prevent around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide […]

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