Herts: A1(M) reopens after defect detected

A “significant defect” has been fixed on the A1(M) in Hertfordshire, says National Highways. The northbound stretch of the road between the Welwyn and Stevenage junctions reopened at about 06:00 GMT on Saturday after being closed since 21:00 on Thursday for repairs. The 5m (16ft) dip was identified after 45 core-probe tests were carried out […]

Lower Thames Crossing: planning decision moves closer

On 21 March, the Planning Inspectorate confirmed that the Examining Authority has sent their recommendation report on the Lower Thames Crossing Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Secretary of State for Transport. The recommendation report summarises the findings of the DCO examination and gives a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport on […]

A40: National Highways provides update on Monmouthshire rockfall

National Highways have issued an update on the rockfall which continues to affect the A40 in Monmouthshire. Following the incident in February, emergency traffic management was put in place to allow authorities to reopen the A40 as quickly as possible. In response to feedback, and in consultation with local highways authorities and travel partners, National […]

The Midlands: New M1 and M5 emergency areas planned

Fifty-four new emergency areas are planned for the M1 in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire and the M5 in Worcestershire with construction due to begin from the beginning of April.   These new emergency areas are as follows:  National Highways is investing £390 million to give drivers on its network further opportunities to pull over into […]

Nine finalists named in National Highways competition to tackle hazards

Nine innovative new ideas that could help manage hazards on motorways and major A roads have been selected by National Highways to receive up to £90,000 funding to develop their concepts and improve safety. It follows the launch of a competition by National Highways to find new ways to help protect road users by better […]

Latest technology is having “a real impact” on road building, says National Highways

New technology has been trialled by National Highways that will speed up road construction and improve safety. The first-of-a-kind technology takes the ‘guesswork’ out of compaction making sure the heavy plant gets the job done first time ensuring safe and durable foundations in road building. As part of a commitment to developing and promoting Connected […]

£1.2 billion A12 widening project faces legal challenge

A long-awaited plan to widen the A12 in Essex could be delayed ‘for years’ following a legal challenge made to the government. The scheme, which was given planning permission in January this year, involves the widening of the A12 between Chelmsford (junction 19) and the A120 (junction 25) from two to three lanes in each […]

More M25 weekend closures announced

National Highways have announced the dates for the next batch of A3/M25 closures. Last week, National Highways closed the A3 for a full weekend and demolished two bridges and the new closures will be for more demolition work, this time on the M25 between junctions 10 and 11, which will see the motorway closed in […]

National Highways “should fund Tamar Bridge”, says Cornwall Council

After Cornwall Council narrowly voted to support an increase in the tolls on the Tamar Bridge, county councillor for Callington and St Dominic Andrew Long has called for National Highways to foot the bill for using the bridge. His comments come after heated debate at Cornwall Council’s February full council meeting on the motion to support applying for a toll revision […]


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