Somerset Council on the search for surfacing contractor

Somerset Council is looking for a surfacing contractor that will ‘facilitate a flexible mechanism’ to identify and implement innovative services, solutions, promote recycling and re-use, and reduce the environmental impact of the services delivered throughout the lifetime of the contract. The contract will support the Client’s Climate Emergency Strategy and commitment to being carbon neutral […]

£40bn roads pipeline unveiled for the next decade

There could be almost £40bn of forthcoming work opportunities on the UK’s road network over the next decade, according to the Department of Transport. It has published details of 125 contracts it expects Highways England to put to market between now and 2031. Contracts in the Highways England list of future opportunities published this week […]

Pressure group publishes “serious concerns” over LTC road safety

A group opposed to the construction of the Lower Thames Crossing to the east of the existing Dartford Tunnels and QE2 Bridge have published a series of safety concerns based on Highways England’s own data. The Thames Crossing Action Group says its has obtained a copy of the Appraisal Summary Table via a Freedom of Information […]

Nottingham’s Clifton Bridge on target for November finish

Nottingham’s Clifton Bridge is expected to be restored to its original traffic layout by the end of November, Highways England has confirmed. Engineers found the almost 50-year-old bridge had corroded last year. The busy A52 Clifton Boulevard, which carries tens of thousands of vehicles every day, was then closed for vital works. Two lanes have […]

HE rebrands to National Highways as Nick Harris confirmed CEO

Nick Harris has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive of the Government company which builds and operates England’s motorways and major A-roads, as it rebrands from Highways England to become National Highways. The Department for Transport says the new name reflects the new focus the company has on delivering the Government’s £27bn strategic roads […]

HE works to improve motorway journeys for people with disabilities

Highways England says UK-based holidays or day trips can be planned with confidence this summer thanks to its access guides for motorway services. It says that, with around five per cent of the driving population classed as having a disability, it has partnered with AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of detailed accessibility information, to help […]

Highways England make progress with switch to lower carbon asphalts

Highways England is accelerating the use of warm mix asphalts as standard across its supply chain as part of a drive toward net zero carbon emissions. The Government-owned company has been using the material since 2015 and a collaborative programme with the supply chain and extensive research now means it can be used freely across […]

New data reveals Dartford Crossing carrying more food and goods

The role of the Dartford Crossing in keeping goods and people moving during and after the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic has been revealed in new data released by Highways England. The figures show that despite the restrictions put in place in England, the crossing regularly carried more traffic than it was designed for and […]

Road workers help transform over-grown school yard into ‘dream’ playground

Road workers transform over-grown school yard into dream playground after a lack-lustre school yard has been turned into a dream playground where children’s imaginations can run wild thanks to a team of volunteers from a nearby Highways England road scheme. Pupils were treated to a stage, den area, bug hotels and even a mud kitchen […]

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