Harper suggests driverless cars on UK roads by 2026

The Transport Secretary says driverless cars could be on our roads by 2026, as they are “gradually” introduced. Mark Harper was responding to questions from motoring journalist and Grand Tour host James May on the BBC’s Today Programme, when Mr May was guest editor. He said: “The legislation is going through Parliament at the moment […]

Somerset announces new road surface repair and improvement contracts

Somerset Council has awarded contracts to Kiely Bros, Heidelberg Materials and Octavius Infrastructure to deliver essential road maintenance services as well as improvements on its network across the County. The Council has awarded four-year contracts with Kiely’s and Heidelberg Materials to deliver surface treatment services and resurfacing services respectively, while a third four-year contract has […]

New signals identification number named after industry legend

A new national numbering scheme for traffic signal controllers will be called the “Simmonite Number”, in honour of one of the pioneers of traffic signal control in the UK, Brian Simmonite. The new numbering system is part of the Digital Controller Interface Specification (DCIS) and will be named in honour of founder of signals consultancy […]

Safer roads workers jailed for collective sentence of more than five years

Two staff working on Staffordshire’s safer roads partnership have been jailed for deleting records of speeding offences A man and woman have been jailed after admitting to conspiring to dispose of speeding offences in Staffordshire. They were involved in failing to process penalties, or deleting records so drivers would avoid penalties. Samantha Halden-Evans, 36, from […]

Hertfordshire offering 21 year highways contract

Hertfordshire County Council is tendering for a Highways Services Term Maintenance Contract to run until September 2046. The contract would start on 1 October next year, and will involve a single supplier. Would-be tenderers must complete and submit a Supplier Questionnaire by the deadline of 12 noon on the 26th February 2024. Details are here. […]

A9 dualling delayed by ten years as new plans revealed

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition, Mairi McAllan, has announced that dualling works for the remaining single carriageway sections of the A9 between Perth and Inverness should be completed by the end of 2035. The road was meant to be completed by 2025, but that was deemed “unachievable” last February. The […]

RingGo owner hit by data hack

The owner of the parking app RingGo, Easypark, has announced it has been the victim of a data breach, but that non-sensitive customer data was affected. It says it discovered the hack on 10 December and took “swift measures” to stop the attack, made sure operations continued as usual, notified the authorities and involved external […]

RAC declares last year as the “year of the rat”

New data from the RAC is suggesting that it’s not always a head gasket or a catastrophic engine failure that can cost hundreds of pounds in repairs, it can sometimes be small creatures. The breakdown organisation has revealed it’s seen record numbers of mice, rats and foxes ‘surprising’ customers in 2023 and causing serious damage […]

Lancashire getting an extra £3.6m highways cash

An additional £3.66m has been committed to this year’s highways budget in Lancashire so that the County Council’s highways team can carry out work in a number of critical areas. An ‘urgent decision’ was made by the council’s leader and cabinet member for highways and transport to add the new funding to the highways capital […]

A9 dualling consultation costs double what has been spent on construction

It’s been revealed that design consultants have been paid almost twice as much as has been spent on the actual construction so far of stretches of dual carriageway on the A9 in Scotland. The Press and Journal Newspaper reports £246.7 million – more than half of the total money spent on the project so far […]


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