More police forces join National Highways trial of Acusensus safety cameras

A trial of new mobile technology which can automatically detect motorists who are not wearing a seatbelt or using mobile phones while driving is being extended, with police across the country taking part. Ten police forces will be using the kit from Australian company Acusensus, which is mounted to a vehicle or trailer and has […]

A47 road schemes in Norfolk given go-ahead following legal challenge

Three multi-million-pound road schemes aimed at improving safety and reducing journey times around Norwich are a step closer after three Court of Appeal judges upheld the original decisions by the Secretary of State for Transport to grant development consent orders.  Today (22 Feb), and following an earlier one-day hearing by the Court of Appeal in […]

National Highways puts out £650 million roadside telecoms tender

National Highways, has started its search for a services providers to provide connectivity solutions between control rooms and roadside devices. The tender is worth £650 million and is part of the National Roads Telecommunications Services (NRTS) project. This currently provides services to over 30,000 end devices on over 3500kms of England’s motorways and major-A roads. The […]

Repairs completed on viaduct in Devon

A “breathtaking” view featuring a historic two-arched bridge has been preserved for years to come through National Highways’ Historical Railways Estate (HRE).  Set in the middle of Dartmoor, Lustleigh Viaduct – which National Highways says should in fact be “Lustleigh Bridge” because it is short and only has two arches whereas viaducts feature a series […]

Transport Secretary announces Sir Gareth Rhys Williams as new National Highways Chair

The Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, has announced that Sir Gareth Rhys Williams will be taking up the position of Chair of National Highways, following a competitive selection process. He joins the organisation as National Highways completes its delivery of the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) and prepares for the third Road Investment Strategy. In his […]

Newspapers blame smart motorway glitch for six-car crash

It’s being reported a crash on the M6 near Coventry last month happened when the entire safety monitoring system had gone down. A whistleblower, speaking anonymously, told the Telegraph newspaper National Highways’ systems crashed, disabling stopped vehicle detection radar and leaving control room staff unable to close lanes to traffic, set speed limits and electronic […]

National Highways working on installing beams for new M67 bridge

National Highways has begun installing the first set of new beams on St Anne’s Road bridge over the M67 in Greater Manchester. The steel beams, each pair weighing around 97 tonnes, will carry utility cables and pipework, ensuring services such as water, gas and electricity remain on during the next phase of work. Following the […]

National Highways trials four-legged survey robot

A robotic dog is being employed by National Highways as part of its survey work in the South West. Spot, Boston Dynamics’ autonomous robot dog, is being trialled by National Highways, BAM Ritchies and AECOM as part of geotechnical surveys across a number of locations in the South West, and video footage of the first […]

ORR to undertake an investigation of National Highways’ performance

The Office of Rail and Road has opened an investigation into the performance of National Highways. The ORR says that, since it was created, National Highways has generally achieved its aims and delivered well for road users, and during this time the two bodies have worked together to successfully resolve individual issues before they have […]

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