Sweet recognition for Dorset highways team

An innovative solution to reducing energy consumption, and saving money, received special recognition this month for Dorset Council. The council competed against more than 800 nominations from around the world in the International Green Apple Environment Awards to receive a silver award at the Houses of Parliament. The council won the award for its electronic ‘hotbox’ situated […]

Yunex Traffic wins BCP and Dorset Council traffic signal maintenance contract

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) and Dorset Councils have renewed their traffic signal maintenance contract with Yunex Traffic for up to a further five years. Having already held the contract for more than 13 years, Yunex Traffic will continue to be responsible for maintaining all the permanent traffic signal and ITS equipment across the Councils, […]

Dorset Council becomes the latest member of Safer Highways

Safer Highways has announced that Dorset Council have agreed to become the latest Local Authority member of the industry led organisation which champions effective management of health, safety and wellbeing and drives effective social value across the supply chain. Dorset County Council’s highways service is responsible for the maintenance of the county’s network of roads, […]

Highways funding ‘unfair’ says Dorset’s Head of Highways

The current funding allocation method for highways does not help ‘shire# counties, as it means the money is spread too thin, according to Jack Wiltshire, Head of Highways at Dorset Council. He told his councillors last week that with the low funding spread over a relatively lengthy road network Dorset Council struggled to make improvements […]

Dorset Council: On the road to low energy highways

Dorset Council has been explaining to residents and businesses how it is reducing its carbon footprint throughout the construction and maintenance processes of its highways network. Here’s what they had to say: “We’re making a positive impact on our carbon footprint through the way we construct and maintain roads in Dorset. In response to the […]

Final phase of work to begin on new sustainable travel route in Ferndown

The new walking and cycling paths and sustainable travel improvements on Wimborne Road in Ferndown are making good progress, with the final construction phase (from Cobham Road to West Moors Road) due to begin in October 2022. The work, being delivered by Dorset Council and funded through the south east Dorset Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), includes: […]

Road maintenance method reducing carbon emissions in Dorset

As part of Dorset Council’s ‘green’ approach to highways maintenance, road retexturing is contributing to a reduction in emissions. Working with WJ Textureblast, the council has refreshed 67,000sqm of road surface this year – raising skid resistance to improve the safety of highway. Where appropriate, the sustainable solution eliminates the need to resurface a road […]

Dorset Council opens tender for recycling and disposal of highway waste material

Dorset Council had started the search for a contractor to provide a facility for the recycling and/or disposal of highways waste materials in the county under its Highways Waste and Recycling Framework 2022. This includes • Receive segregated organic waste (EWC Code 20 02 01 or 02 01 03) • Receive segregated waste wood (EWC […]

Dorset Council makes progress with road repairs

Micro-surfacing works are getting underway to help preserve more of Dorset Council’s road network. The low-cost treatment is laid over the top of the current surface – filling in shallow cracks and holes – and helps protect the underlying road structure from water damage as well as adding reinforcement to the existing asphalt. In-situ recycling, […]

Dorset Council starts programme of proactive road maintenance

Dorset Council has started a programme of proactive road maintenance in the county. This financial year, the Department for Transport funding dedicated to carriageway maintenance in the council area will be £11.6m. On top of this, Dorset Council Cabinet awarded £6.7m of additional investment into highway maintenance – with around £4.6m being invested in proactive, […]


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