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EIB funds €80m to reduce congestion in Greater Casablanca

EIB funds €80m to reduce congestion in Greater Casablanca The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Société Nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) announced an €80m financing agreement today. This agreement aims to finance third-lane works on a 57.5 km section of the Casablanca motorway in order to reduce traffic congestion in Greater Casablanca, improve transport …

World Bank working to improving Road Safety and save lives in Thailand

World Bank working to improving Road Safety and save lives in Thailand An estimated 1.35 million people are killed on the world’s roads every year. Today, road traffic injuries have become the 8th leading cause of death for all age groups, according to the Global Status Report on Road Safety. The lack of Road Safety …

IDB supports $150m rehabilitation of the national road network in Guatemala

IDB supports $150m rehabilitation of the national road network in Guatemala The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$150 million operation to Guatemala to implement an ambitious improvement and rehabilitation program of the roads connecting productive areas and departmental capitals to the main networks. This will allow a sustained transit of goods and people, which …

Trinidad and Tobago road system set for $200m improvement programme

Trinidad and Tobago road system set for $200m improvement programme The loan approved by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) will help to strengthen the national road network in Trinidad and Tobago through the construction, maintenance, management, planning, and improvement of existing infrastructure. The Development Bank of Latin America approved a USD 200 million …

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank approves first road project in Lao PDR

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank approves first road project in Lao PDR The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) Board of Directors has approved a loan of US$40 million to improve a critical section of National Road 13 in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic ( Lao PDR ). This is AIIB’s first approved project in Lao PDR and …

Ebonyi State road in Nigeria upgrade to get US$167.6m funding

Ebonyi State road in Nigeria upgrade to get US$167.6m funding The African Development Bank Group approved a US$70 million loan for a road project in Nigeria’s South Eastern Ebonyi State. The Bank will provide US$40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), will contribute US$30 million. The Islamic Development Bank is also …

Coastal drivers see the benefits of SolarLite road safety scheme in Guernsey

Coastal drivers see the benefits of SolarLite road safety scheme in Guernsey The number of drivers feeling safe travelling along two of Guernsey’s key roads has more than doubled following the installation of solar powered road studs. In response to driver concerns about navigating unlit, narrow coastal roads after dark, Clearview Intelligence’s SolarLite Active Road Studs …

Colombia gets funding for 176 km of major road projects

Colombia gets funding for 176 km of major road projects The highway concession Autopista al Mar 1, owned by Sacyr, has reached its financial closure, in which it has obtained funds totalling 2.19 billion Colombian pesos (around €630 million). This closure guarantees the investment required to execute the project successfully. The Autopista al Mar 1 …

Highways England announces new study on trans-Pennine roads

Highways England announces new study on trans-Pennine roads Highways England is to lead a £300,000 study looking at major improvements to the trans-Pennine road links between the M65 in East Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today. The study – due to start in April – will consider what enhancements could …

Highways England unveils £7 million M6 upgrade near Carlisle

Highways England unveils £7 million M6 upgrade near Carlisle A £7 million package of maintenance and repairs along the M6 near Carlisle in Cumbria which will keep drivers and the local economy, smoothly and safely on the move, has been unveiled by Highways England. The work includes resurfacing the main motorway carriageway, upgrading the roundabout …

SANRAL to ramp up South Africa’s infrastructure investment

SANRAL to ramp up South Africa’s infrastructure investment SANRAL is ramping up its investment in road infrastructure back to familiar levels through its R70bn medium term budget allocation to implement construction and maintenance projects across the country. “This increased investment will rejuvenate the construction and engineering sectors, create jobs and support the growth of small …

Do we need to put the brakes on Britain’s Smart Motorways?

Do we need to put the brakes on Britain’s Smart Motorways? Almost all of us use the motorway network as part of our travels across the country and as Smart Motorways are continuing to be rolled out, we are all developing opinions and perhaps some understanding on their positive and negative impacts. Smart motorway is …

EU supports rebuilding the road connection between Eritrea and Ethiopia

EU supports rebuilding the road connection between Eritrea and Ethiopia Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica is visiting Eritrea, where he has launched an initial €20 million project to rebuild the road connection between the Ethiopian border and Eritrean ports. During his visit, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica meets with …

ADB finances $75 million to upgrade the Mardan to Swabi Road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

ADB finances $75 million to upgrade the Mardan to Swabi Road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan have signed a loan agreement for $75 million to widen and upgrade 42 kilometres (km) of the busy Mardan–Swabi road in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The loan agreements were …

UK Road Industry responds to the lack of local road investment in Spring Statement

UK Road Industry responds to the lack of local road investment in Spring Statement The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) believes that the lack of any mention of investment in the local road network in yesterday’s Spring Statement undermines the Chancellor’s stated aim to ensure that the UK is open to business. Mike Harper, RSTA …

Sacyr awarded their fourth highway conservation contract in Peru

Sacyr awarded their fourth highway conservation contract in Peru Sacyr will be responsible for the routine management and conservation of 436 kilometres of highway along the road corridor linking the Peruvian departments of Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Junín, located in the centre of the country. The Rutas de Ayacucho Road Consortium, formed by two subsidiaries of …

UK Government utility proposals fail to address the real pothole issue

UK Government utility proposals fail to address the real pothole issue New government proposals to force utility companies to maintain roads for five years after digging them up have been welcomed by the Road Surface Treatments Association – RSTA. However, such proposals will not address the real issue affecting the pothole riddled road network: the …

New research reveals the extent of the UK and London’s pothole crisis

New research reveals the extent of the UK and London’s pothole crisis EFFORTS to encourage commuters to shun their cars in favour of bikes is putting lives at risk, with new research revealing the alarming extent of the UK’s pothole problem. The number of potholes plaguing Britain’s roads continues to soar, despite the £6bn allegedly …

Highways England consultation on A66 improvements to start in May

Highways England consultation on A66 improvements to start in May Investment of more than a billion pounds in the A66 from Cumbria, through County Durham and into North Yorkshire will move a step closer in May as Highways England begins a non-statutory public consultation on ideas to complete the dualling of this important Northern Trans-Pennine …

Australia investing A$112 million for safety upgrades on nine high risk Queensland roads

Australia investing A$112 million for safety upgrades on nine high risk Queensland roads The Palaszczuk Government is investing $112 million for safety upgrades on nine high risk Queensland roads. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the targeted funding would help to reduce trauma on roads identified as high risk. “My department identified 26 …

Chorley Council appoints WYG to produce Highways and Transport Strategy

Chorley Council appoints WYG to produce Highways and Transport Strategy Chorley Council has appointed professional services firm WYG to produce a highways and transport strategy to address future challenges associated with congestion, travel choice, and sustainability. To create the strategy, WYG will review current transport provision and practice, highlighting the potential impact of new jobs …

UK commuters losing the plot over congestion and pothole damage on route to work

UK commuters losing the plot over congestion and pothole damage on route to work More than a quarter of UK adults who commute across a city or town by car (27%) say that on average they spend more than 20 minutes of that commute in slow-moving traffic. That’s according to new research commissioned by technology …

Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Priority List identifies record A$58bn project pipeline

Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Priority List identifies record A$58bn project pipeline Infrastructure Australia has released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, presenting 121 nationally significant infrastructure proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline designed to guide investment towards projects that will deliver the best outcomes for Australia’s growing communities. “The 2019 Infrastructure Priority List is the largest, …

Guatemala to improve and rehabilitate the national road network with IDB support

Guatemala to improve and rehabilitate the national road network with IDB support The Inter-American Development Bank approved a US$150 million operation to Guatemala to implement an ambitious improvement and rehabilitation program of the roads connecting productive areas and departmental capitals to the main networks. This will allow a sustained transit of goods and people, which …

Rural Northern KwaZulu Natal to benefit from SANRAL projects and jobs

Rural Northern KwaZulu Natal to benefit from SANRAL projects and jobs Communities in far-flung rural areas in Northern KwaZulu Natal Road have not been overlooked by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL). They have been provided with safer walkways for pedestrians and periodic road maintenance has been carried out on crucial routes …

Australia’s 1,060 km Newell Highway set for A$500m upgrade

Australia’s 1,060 km Newell Highway set for A$500m upgrade The Newell Highway is the longest highway in NSW, stretching over 1060 kilometres from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border at Goondiwindi, and is a National Highway. The Newell Highway connects the state’s Victorian and Queensland borders and benefits the townships of Berrigan, …

NIC warns about the cost of congestion which INRIX estimates at £8 billion for 2018

NIC warns about the cost of congestion which INRIX estimates at £8 billion for 2018 New figures show that road congestion cost the UK economy £8billion last year – highlighting the need for local solutions to tackle the issue, as recommended in the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment. The study by transport data firm Inrix …

Meet the husband and wife team keeping Britain’s motorways moving this winter

Meet the husband and wife team keeping Britain’s motorways moving this winter When it comes to keeping motorways moving this winter, look no further than the Smith-Storer family. Karen Smith-Storer and her husband Neil work for Highways England as gritter drivers in Worcestershire. The pair – together for 12 years and married for three – …

AfDB and ECOWAS sign study agreement for Abidjan to Lagos Corridor Highway

AfDB and ECOWAS sign study agreement for Abidjan to Lagos Corridor Highway The African Development Bank and the Economic Community Of West African States Commission (ECOWAS) have signed an agreement for a study into a 1,000 kilometre highway linking Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan, to Lagos in Nigeria, marking a new step in building regional …

STRABAG awarded share of €132m contract for D35 motorway in the Czech Republic

STRABAG awarded share of €132m contract for D35 motorway in the Czech Republic A consortium including STRABAG a.s., a subsidiary of European construction group STRABAG, has been awarded the contract to build a new section of the D35 motorway in the Czech Republic. The object of the contract with a total value of CZK 3.38 billion …

Evidence of 2,000 year old beer making found on mammoth A14 road scheme in England

Evidence of 2,000 year old beer making found on mammoth A14 road scheme in England Deep below the surface of Britain’s biggest road scheme something has been brewing for a very long time – more than 2,000 years in fact. Experts working on Highways England’s £1.5bn upgrade of the A14 in Cambridgeshire have uncovered what …

Australia investing A$33m in Brisbane congestion busting infrastructure projects

Australia investing A$33m in Brisbane congestion busting infrastructure projects East Brisbane motorists will spend less time on the road, with the Morrison Government investing $33 million in local congestion busting infrastructure projects. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund would be put to work in East Brisbane, upgrading roads and fixing …

New phase of major Sunderland housing development at Potters Hill begins

New phase of major Sunderland housing development at Potters Hill begins Work around a major new housing development in Sunderland has taken a step forward. A North East contractor, Esh Construction, has been appointed to deliver infrastructure works ahead of further development at Potters Hill – a village of sustainable family homes in the south …

Highways England helps communities benefit from schemes to ease traffic delays

Highways England helps communities benefit from schemes to ease traffic delays Highways England is investing more than £7 million in a series of schemes that will improve journeys, generate jobs and help unlock plans to build homes. This funding boost comes from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund budget and includes: Nearly £4 million for …

Drop in British pothole numbers welcomed but not celebrated

Drop in British pothole numbers welcomed but not celebrated News that the number of potholes on local roads in the UK has significantly fallen is welcomed but should not be celebrated said the RSTA (Road Surface Treatments Association). New data obtained by the RSTA under that Freedom of Information Act by Insurance Emporium has found …

Instarmac saves the day at Niagara Falls

Instarmac saves the day at Niagara Falls Instarmac International’s Canadian partner, Da-Lee Pavement Products, have supplied Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System to the City of Niagara Falls Water Department to repair several failed manholes in the area. The current method of repairing and reinstating failed ironwork in Niagara Falls involves installing a pre-cast concrete riser under …

New Zealand’s Awakino Tunnel Bypass work set to begin

New Zealand’s Awakino Tunnel Bypass work set to begin Work will start on the Awakino Tunnel bypass on SH3 between Taranaki and King Country later this year. The 2.3km bypass will take traffic away from the single-lane Awakino Tunnel, built in the 1920s. The new route will include two bridges over the Awakino River, and …

Highways England awards North West million pound Construction Works Framework

Highways England awards North West million pound Construction Works Framework Highways England has teamed up with 26 companies to help improve journeys for road users in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire. A framework, worth up to £205 million, was awarded on 23 January and will start on 1 April 2019. The Construction Works …

New Transportation Plan will keep Washington moving into 2040 and beyond

New Transportation Plan will keep Washington moving into 2040 and beyond The past is an unreliable predictor of the future, especially when it comes to transportation. This is an underlying message in Washington’s updated transportation policy plan, WTP 2040 and Beyond. It’s an online, interactive transportation plan – the first of its kind in the …

When is a pothole not a pothole and if it is a pothole?

When is a pothole not a pothole and if it is a pothole? A new analysis of the different times taken by councils to repair potholes has underlined the need for a national pothole definition. The analysis raises the question of when is a pothole not a pothole and if it is a pothole when …

Merseyside motorway junction upgrade completed six weeks early

Merseyside motorway junction upgrade completed six weeks early A £5 million project to improve journeys and safety at a major motorway junction in Merseyside has been completed six weeks ahead of schedule. More than 90,000 drivers travel through Switch Island every day, where the M57, M58 and three A roads all meet, making it one …

SACYR to deliver rehabilitation of 324 km road corridor in Peru

SACYR to deliver rehabilitation of 324 km road corridor in Peru Provías has awarded to the consortium Vial Rutas del Cusco 2, a joint venture with Sacyr, Saopse and Sacyr Servicios Conservación subsidiaries for the management and rehabilitation of the 324 km road corridor linking the city of Cusco and the town of Echarate. The …

Extra lanes open on M6 in Cheshire as major upgrade nears completion

Extra lanes open on M6 in Cheshire as major upgrade nears completion Drivers heading towards Manchester on the M6 through Cheshire can use an extra lane from today – increasing capacity on one of England’s busiest stretches of motorway by a third. Highways England has opened a fourth lane on the northbound carriageway between Holmes …

Survey proves overwhelming success of scheme using Clearview SolarLite Active Road Studs

Survey proves overwhelming success of scheme using Clearview SolarLite Active Road Studs Drivers have called for a road improvement scheme to be replicated across all UK highways, with 91% citing improved visibility and 77% feeling more confident driving at night. Last year, Highways England worked in a collaborative partnership with WJ Group and Clearview Intelligence to …

First ERI grant funds 30km motorway between Peja and Kijeveto in Kosovo

First ERI grant funds 30km motorway between Peja and Kijeveto in Kosovo The European Investment Bank (EIB) supports the preparation and the implementation of the project for the construction of a new 30 km single carriageway motorway between Peja and Kijeve in Kosovo with a €1 million technical assistance grant under the Bank’s Economic Resilience …

Downer secures A$71 million contract for Bruce Highway Upgrade in Australia

Downer secures A$71 million contract for Bruce Highway Upgrade in Australia Downer has been awarded the seal and asphalt works package for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The project includes major interchange upgrades and expanding an eight kilometre stretch of the highway from four to …

Grit Expectations as Councils and Road Authorities get set for ice and snow

Grit Expectations as Councils and Road Authorities get set for ice and snow With icy weather set to hit the UK later this week and into next week, and temperatures forecast to be well below zero, Transport Network – publishers of Highways and Smart Highways magazines and a leading highways and transport event company – …

Ringway secures Bracknell Forest highway term services contract extension

Ringway secures Bracknell Forest highway term services contract extension Ringway has been awarded a fourth years’ contract extension by Bracknell Forest Council to provide highway term services across the authority’s region. Bracknell Forest Council confirmed, following its 2018 Annual General Meeting, that Ringway had again met the required criteria to earn another years’ contract extension …

Wirtgen slipform pavers and TCM 180i texture curing machine perform on the A7

Wirtgen slipform pavers and TCM 180i texture curing machine perform on the A7 When placing dual-layer concrete on the A7, the Wirtgen paving train, comprising two SP 1500 slipform pavers and the TCM 180i texture curing machine are the key players. The A7 is being widened between Hamburg and Bordesholm from four lanes to six, …

Cities are undergoing transport revolutions

Cities are undergoing transport revolutions The privately owned car has long been the leading means of transportation in big cities. But car pools, electric bikes and self-driving vehicles can challenge the car’s dominant position. Over the past 70 years, the car has had a major impact on urban planning and the way our cities are …

4 International consortia shortlisted for Uganda’s Kampala Jinja Expressway project

4 International consortia shortlisted for Uganda’s Kampala Jinja Expressway project On 18 December 2018, the Honourable Minister of Works and Transport publicly announced the outcome of the Pre-Qualification Evaluation Process of the Kampala Jinja Expressway PPP Project. A public opening of requests for pre-qualification applications was carried out on 3 September 2018, where eight Consortia …

Manchester city centre bridges to be restored to Victorian splendour

Manchester city centre bridges to be restored to Victorian splendour A project to refurbish three historic railway bridges over streets in Manchester city centre will begin this week. The three Grade II listed bridge structures over Great Ducie Street and Victoria Street, to the west of Manchester Victoria station, are being repaired, deep cleaned and …

Actibump proves a success in Australia

Actibump proves a success in Australia In January 2018 Curtin University installed four active speed bumps called Actibump at the University’s campus in Perth, Western Australia. The goal was to reduce the number of speeding drivers, particularly on semester week days when there are a lot of pedestrians and vehicles on campus. Mr Graham Arndt, …

Highways England reopens A404 near Marlow following bridge installation

Highways England reopens A404 near Marlow following bridge installation The A404 in Buckinghamshire has reopened by Highways England in both directions between the Bisham and Westhorpe interchanges near Marlow following a bridge installation project. The closure, part of a scheme to refurbish the Volvo footbridge over the A404, was needed to allow the re-installation of …

Maine DOT uses GPR Tech to ensure optimum pavement density throughout pavement layer

Maine DOT uses GPR Tech to ensure optimum pavement density throughout pavement layer The State of Maine Department of Transportation is at the forefront of research on how to improve road pavement quality and extend service life. They focus on improving both the material mixes used and how they are put down in the field. …

Boschung fixed automated ice spray technology upgraded on the A4 in France

Boschung fixed automated ice spray technology upgraded on the A4 in France In 2002, the first BOSCHUNG fixed automated spray technology (FAST) system was installed on some sections of the A4 in France which were endangered by black ice. After more than 15 years of uninterrupted service, it was now time to replace this system …

Salt might be bad for your health, but it keeps you safe in winter

Salt might be bad for your health, but it keeps you safe in winter Salt is more than something to sprinkle on to your fish and chips, this common household ingredient helps Highways England keep your roads moving. As temperatures are forecast to remain cold across the country Highways England’s army of workers are ready …

UK M6 Toll marks 15 year milestone with 15 interesting facts

UK M6 Toll marks 15 year milestone with 15 interesting facts Since opening in December 2003, the M6toll has been a driving force in alleviating congestion and pollution in the Midlands, taking thousands of trucks, vans and cars off the M6 and local roads every day. Drivers and commercial fleet operators rely on the M6 …

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply During the COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved investment worth hundreds of millions of Euros for projects to fight climate change and help countries to deal with its consequences. Among these projects …

Adelaide River Flood Plain upgrade for 13 bridges and raising road levels announced

Adelaide River Flood Plain upgrade for 13 bridges and raising road levels announced Wet season access to Kakadu National Park and the service centre of Jabiru is set to become a reality with the release of the construction tender for the first package of works on the Adelaide River Flood Plains Upgrade project. The project …

Nottinghamshire residents among 40,000 benefitting from quieter roads

Nottinghamshire residents among 40,000 benefitting from quieter roads People living near the busy A1 in Nottinghamshire are among 40,000 roadside residents getting used to a quieter life thanks to a major noise reduction initiative delivering quieter roads. Highways England has pledged to reduce noise levels for people living in over 1,000 areas close to motorways and …

STRABAG receives contract for modernisation of D1 motorway in Czechia

STRABAG receives contract for modernisation of D1 motorway in Czechia A consortium including STRABAG a.s., a subsidiary of European construction group STRABAG, has been awarded the contract for the modernisation of the D1 motorway in the Czech Republic. The contract, which has a total value of CZK 1.88 billion (~ € 72.7 million), comprises the …

City dwellers are demanding smart traffic measures to cut commute times

City dwellers are demanding smart traffic measures to cut commute times The UK is among the most congested countries in the world, with a reported 37.5 million vehicles registered for use on UK roads last year – and now a new report, by ATG Access reveals that almost two-thirds (65%) of city-dwellers are frustrated with …

Ringway Wiltshire replaces lighting on Grade I listed Bradford on Avon town bridge

Ringway Wiltshire replaces lighting on Grade I listed Bradford on Avon town bridge Ringway Wiltshire has restored the streetlighting on a historic Grade I listed bridge to its former glory after successfully completing a major scheme which has been hailed a huge success by a local preservation society. The antique streetlights on Town Bridge in …

Galliford Try digs in to get new roundabout over the M49 in Bristol built ASAP

Galliford Try digs in to get new roundabout over the M49 in Bristol built ASAP Work for a new junction on the M49 at Avonmouth near Bristol being carried out by Galliford Try for Highways England is progressing well. The project will improve road access and provide a much-needed connection into the Avonmouth and Severnside …

CABEI invests US$44m to improve Tegucigalpa’s Southern Highway in Honduras

CABEI invests US$44m to improve Tegucigalpa’s Southern Highway in Honduras The financing is aimed at improving the southern access to the City of Tegucigalpa, achieving a more efficient connection between the Peripheral Ring and the CA-5 Southern Highway. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) granted financing to the Republic of Honduras for approximately …

BOAD finances interchange, viaduct and 10km of urban roads in Mali

BOAD finances interchange, viaduct and 10km of urban roads in Mali Mr. Christian Adovelande, President of the West African Development Bank (BOAD), and Dr. Boubou Cissé, Minister of Economy and Finance of Mali signed a loan agreement totaling XOF25 billion (West African CFA franc) for the construction of an interchange, a viaduct and the development …

Five week upgrade starts for Manchester M56 motorway link

Five week upgrade starts for Manchester M56 motorway link The M56, one of Manchester’s key motorway link roads is in line for a new year upgrade to make journeys smoother and safer for the 90,000 drivers who use it every day. Highways England is improving a two-mile stretch of the M56, known as the Sharston …

The American dream crumbles as highway network needs urgent repair and improvement

The American dream crumbles as highway network needs urgent repair and improvement With the condition and funding of the US’s road network stuck in the slow lane, what does the future hold for America’s motorists? ARTBA Chairman Bob Alger and Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black describe their hopes for changing up a gear. Politicians …

Government traffic statistics underline need for greater UK road maintenance investment

Government traffic statistics underline need for greater UK road maintenance investment New government statistics underline the pressures that the poorly maintained local road network is facing and the need for greater investment in maintenance to ensure that the network can cope. The latest Transport Statistics Great Britain 2018 from the Department for Transport reports that …

Bangladesh signs China PPP Contract for Dhaka Bypass

Bangladesh signs China PPP Contract for Dhaka Bypass A consortium of companies from the People’s Republic of China—Sichuan Road and Bridge Group, Shamim Enterprise Ltd., and UDC Construction Limited—have signed a concession contract with the Government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Dhaka Bypass under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) acted …

European Investment Bank supports €495m transformational investment across Africa

European Investment Bank supports €495m transformational investment across Africa At the Africa‑Europe High‑Level Forum in Vienna today the European Investment Bank formally agreed a total of €495 million of new financing for three projects to support sustainable transport, clean energy and internet access projects in North, West and East Africa. The three projects, signed at …

Highways England previews new Lower Thames Crossing route

Highways England previews new Lower Thames Crossing route With a major consultation into a new Lower Thames Crossing entering its final week, Highways England is offering a preview of the route and an insight into the unique history of the Kent and Essex Thames Estuary area. A new Lower Thames Crossing will be Britain’s biggest …

EU enhances support for transport connectivity in Ukraine through EIB agreements

EU enhances support for transport connectivity in Ukraine through EIB agreements At the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting held today in Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed with the Ukrainian Government on a series of new financing operations. The EU bank will lend €50m to finance transport connectivity and infrastructure improvements throughout the country. Ukraine …

ADB provides additional financing to improve roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

ADB provides additional financing to improve roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $75 million loan as additional financing for a project that aims to improve road conditions, capacity, and road safety on provincial roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. The additional funding will widen and enhance 42 kilometers of …

The European Investment Bank provides €229 million to support infrastructure in Egypt

The European Investment Bank provides €229 million to support infrastructure in Egypt The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed two financing agreements for a total amount of €229m to support sanitation and community infrastructure in Egypt. These investments will contribute to the development of a sustainable modern economy – a key element of the EU-Egypt Partnership …

ADB to boost transport and economic development in Vietnam’s mountainous Northwest

ADB to boost transport and economic development in Vietnam’s mountainous Northwest The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $188 million loan to improve and upgrade 198 kilometers of roads in Vietnam’s mountainous northwest region, which has the highest poverty rate in the country. The improved roads, which will connect several remote areas of the …

Highways England reaches milestone for A585 bypass plan

Highways England reaches milestone for A585 bypass plan A congestion-busting new A585 bypass, dual carriageway, between Windy Harbour and Skippool near Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire is a step closer after the Planning Inspectorate agreed to examine Highways England’s plans. The £100 million proposal – to bypass the existing A585 – is being proposed as part of …

Paving the way for vital infrastructure in Asia Pacific

Paving the way for vital infrastructure in Asia Pacific The transport infrastructure in emerging regions of the Asia-Pacific is so significant that roads are being built at an unprecedented rate. According to the Asian Development Bank, the Asia-Pacific alone requires an investment of $1.7 trillion a year over the next decade in order to keep …

John Holland to deliver safer Melbourne rail and road network

John Holland to deliver safer Melbourne rail and road network John Holland, part of the North Western Program Alliance, will deliver the Reservoir level crossing removal project. The North Western Program Alliance is a partnership between John Holland, KBR, Metro Trains Melbourne and the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA). The $232 million Reservoir project marks …

Balfour Beatty looks at road resilience for a robust local roads network

Balfour Beatty looks at road resilience for a robust local roads network Balfour Beatty has today published its latest policy paper, “Road to resilience: delivering a robust local roads network”. The paper explores the importance of prioritising 2019 funding towards local road maintenance and the roles that both client and contractor must look at road …

Predictions of cold winter are bad news for Britain’s local roads

Predictions of cold winter are bad news for Britain’s local roads Despite the current above average temperatures, weather forecasters are predicting the coldest winter for eight years. This could prove to be bad news for the local road network. The Weather Company is predicting Britain’s worst winter since 2010 – 2011 with temperatures falling to …

England’s first motorway turns 60 with major technology upgrade

England’s first motorway turns 60 with major technology upgrade Exactly 60 years ago today (5 December 1958), 2,300 drivers drove along a new road for the first time… and straight into the history books. The eight-mile section of road they were driving on was the Preston bypass – the very first motorway in Britain, which …

African Development Bank approves €17.96 million Ring-Road project in Cameroon

African Development Bank approves €17.96 million Ring-Road project in Cameroon The African Development Bank has approved a €17.96 million loan to the Republic of Cameroon to finance the construction of a Ring-Road Project in the North-West Province of the country. The Ring Road project, which falls under phase three of the country’s Transport Sector Support Programme, …

The European Investment bank finances better roads in Montenegro

The European Investment bank finances better roads in Montenegro The European Investment bank (EIB) and the Montenegro Government have signed today a €40 million loan for the rehabilitation and upgrading of five main roads in the country. The project will also benefit from a €1.5 million technical assistance grant under the Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI), the …

New app from SANRAL puts South African’s ahead of the flow

New app from SANRAL puts South African’s ahead of the flow Commuters on the go now have access to the new SANRAL App that enables them to check and top-up the balances on their electronic toll accounts in real time. This app helps to make travelling on the SANRAL road network easier and more comfortable …

Ringway Island Roads upgrades iconic Military Road on the Isle of Wight

Ringway Island Roads upgrades iconic Military Road on the Isle of Wight Ringway Island Roads has just completed a major upgrade to one of the UK’s most iconic roads on the Isle of Wight. A 7.5-mile section of the iconic Military Road has been upgraded in what is the largest carriageway improvement project delivered in …

British Council budgets are on a road to nowhere

British Council budgets are on a road to nowhere The financial pressure on local authorities is soaring and across the UK, local government reform is hitting the headlines as councils react to growing service demands and reducing Council budgets. In the same week the Government announced its Autumn Budget, devolution deals were announced for Buckinghamshire …

Ringway secures 8 year £16m extension to A417 and A419 maintenance contract

Ringway secures 8 year £16m extension to A417 and A419 maintenance contract Ringway West Unitaries has secured an eight-year extension to the Highway maintenance and services contract for the A417/A419, at a value of up to £16million for the extension. Ringway has provided maintenance services and major maintenance capital improvement projects to the DBFO Company …

UK Road Industry welcomes proposals for 5 year local road settlement

UK Road Industry welcomes proposals for 5 year local road settlement The Road Surface Treatment Association (RSTA) has welcomed proposals to develop a five-year funding settlement for local roads similar to that provided for the national road network. The proposals were revealed by the roads minister Jesse Norman at the recent Highways UK event. A …

New triple decker roundabout project uncovers WWII unexploded bombs

New triple decker roundabout project uncovers WWII unexploded bombs Highways experts aiming to transform journeys on a vital part of the road network in North Tyneside had to go back to the classroom and delve into their history books as they started work on the multi-million pound scheme, it was revealed today. Work on the …

Amey Consulting wins multi-million pound design contract for North West UK roads

Amey Consulting wins multi-million pound design contract for North West UK roads A multi-million pound contract which will help shape the future of roads across the North West has been awarded by Highways England. The Design Services contract for motorways and major A roads in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire is worth £49.7 …

ADB provides $78m to improve regional road links in Kyrgyz Republic

ADB provides $78m to improve regional road links in Kyrgyz Republic The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a total of $78 million to complete the rehabilitation of a road that connects two major transport corridors linking the land-locked Kyrgyz Republic to international markets. The new loan supplements financing to an existing …

Highways England bakes the perfect road

Highways England bakes the perfect road If you can bake a cake you could be half-way to engineering a new road to make journeys all the sweeter for the millions of people using it every day! As the contestants of Bake Off continue celebrations following the final of the popular UK baking series, Highways England …

South Africa’s iconic Mount Edgecombe Interchange officially opened today

South Africa’s iconic Mount Edgecombe Interchange officially opened today Five years after the first pile was driven into the ground for major upgrading, the iconic Mount Edgecombe Interchange was officially opened today by Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande. He described the interchange as “a veritable civil engineering work of art” and said it was a …

Solomon Islands signs ADB grant to improve transport projects

Solomon Islands signs ADB grant to improve transport projects The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Solomon Islands today signed a grant agreement to fund a new facility which will finance the design and implementation readiness of the government’s priority transport projects. The agreement establishing the Transport Sector Project Development Facility was signed …

South African highways project at Hartbeespoort Dam set to relieve congestion

South African highways project at Hartbeespoort Dam set to relieve congestion Traffic flow in the Hartbeespoort Dam is set to improve as construction work on the R512-PWV3 is making good progress. The estimated completion date is December 2019. Once the project is done, motorists will enjoy a free flow of traffic and there will be …

EIB supports €330 million traffic upgrades at Port of Rotterdam

EIB supports €330 million traffic upgrades at Port of Rotterdam The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide ca. €330 million to support the construction of the so-called “Blankenburg connection” between the existing A15 and A20 motorways in the Netherlands that provide access to the Port of Rotterdam. The EIB loan to the project benefits …

Galliford Try and Costain win Smart Motorway Award

Galliford Try and Costain win Smart Motorway Award The Smart motorways scheme on the M1 between junctions 13 and 16 being progressed by the Galliford Try Costain joint venture has won Highways England’s Smart Motorways Programme project of the year award. All 12 ongoing schemes nationwide were assessed on the basis of safety, customer service …

The Future of Construction in America

The Future of Construction in America Exciting change will reward the aware contractor Hop in a car and drive anywhere and chances are the drive will be on roads and highways that need patching, resurfacing, or widening, and bridges often show signs of needed maintenance. Sadly, things are in bad shape. On the last two …

STRABAG awarded €133 million contract for section of A1 Motorway in Poland

STRABAG awarded €133 million contract for section of A1 Motorway in Poland The European-based construction group STRABAG, through its Polish subsidiary STRABAG Sp. z o.o., has been awarded another contract for a section of the A1 motorway in Poland. STRABAG is leading a consortium (92 %) with Poland’s Budimex SA. The 17 km long Section …

Ringway Island Roads to improve the iconic Military Road in the UK

Ringway Island Roads to improve the iconic Military Road in the UK A seven-mile stretch of one of the UK’s most iconic and photographed roads is to be improved in a major scheme by Ringway Island Roads. The Military Road between Chale and Brook on the Isle of Wight will be improved in a project expected …

RSTA warns UK local roads are unsafe to drive and cycle on

RSTA warns UK local roads are unsafe to drive and cycle on The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has published a new statement making the road safety case for increased investment in local road maintenance. The statement is the first in a series of such underlining the social and economic importance of having a well-maintained …

Lower Thames Crossing to boost road capacity by 90 percent

Lower Thames Crossing to boost road capacity by 90 percent A major new road linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex would nearly double road capacity across the river Thames and almost halve northbound journey times at Dartford Crossing, under updated plans released by Highways England today. The multi-billion pound project will connect communities, boost the economy …

Nordic Development Fund to co-finance improvements to the busiest road in Laos

Nordic Development Fund to co-finance improvements to the busiest road in Laos The project will showcase best-practice climate-resilient road infrastructure for the most heavily trafficked road section in Lao PDR. The Nordic Development Fund has approved €8.0 million in concessional credit to join the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in financing the …

Balfour Beatty Living Places secures £103m Highways contract for Telford and Wrekin

Balfour Beatty Living Places secures £103m Highways contract for Telford and Wrekin Balfour Beatty Living Places today announces it has been awarded a seven year, £103 million contract by Telford and Wrekin Council for the maintenance of highways assets. There is an option to extend the contract for a further seven years. Balfour Beatty Living …

Rural population of Andhra Pradesh to benefit from AIIB investment

Rural population of Andhra Pradesh to benefit from AIIB investment More than two million people living in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, India, stand to benefit from an improved road network connecting them with markets, schools and other services after approval was provided by the Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) …

ADB providing US$180 Million to Improve Nepal’s Mahendra Highway

ADB providing US$180 Million to Improve Nepal’s Mahendra Highway The Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $180 million to support improvements to Nepal’s East–West Highway, the country’s main domestic and international trade route also known as the Mahendra Highway. “The highway’s road surface—Nepal’s busiest route—is in fair …

ADB supports Elevated Highway in Sri Lanka to improve connectivity and trade

ADB supports Elevated Highway in Sri Lanka to improve connectivity and trade The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a US$300 million loan to help in the construction of about 5.3 kilometres (km) of elevated highway with tolls and related facilities between the New Kelani Bridge (NKB) and Galle Face in central …

Nordic Investment Bank finances new section of E18 motorway in Norway

Nordic Investment Bank finances new section of E18 motorway in Norway The Nordic Investment Bank finances new section of E18 motorway in Norway and the Norwegian toll-road operator Ferde AS have signed a NOK 1 billion (€ 104.5 million) loan with a maturity of 17.5 years to finance the construction of a new section of motorway …

New Highways England awards celebrate the best in the highways sector

New Highways England awards celebrate the best in the highways sector A new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best of the highways sector has been launched by Highways England to showcase individuals, teams, projects and companies. Nominations opened this week, and are invited from all Highways England employees, its suppliers and their …

Village access roads completed near Port St Johns in South Africa

Village access roads completed near Port St Johns in South Africa The construction of two village access roads that will ensure increased road safety and all-weather access at the R61 junction outside Port St Johns, have been completed, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced. The project included the upgrading of a …

New LED street lights brighten up Camden Town

New LED street lights brighten up Camden Town Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann is helping to provide a bright future for the London borough of Camden. McCann is working as a supply chain partner to Eurovia undertaking refurbishment and upgrade work of street lighting columns as part of the West End Project – …

RSTA sets up new Asset Management Group for UK road infrastructure

RSTA sets up new Asset Management Group for UK road infrastructure A new Asset Management Group has been set-up by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA). Aimed at local authorities, the Group will allow their highway departments to share best practice linked to the now mandatory Code of Practice – Well Managed Highway Infrastructure. The …

AfDB funds Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire road and transportation links

AfDB funds Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire road and transportation links The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank gave the green light for the launch of the second phase of the Mano River Union (UFM) programme, which would improve roads and facilitate transport between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. This second phase consolidates road rehabilitation …

Highways England praises drivers after A66 weekend closures

Highways England praises drivers after A66 weekend closures Highways England has praised drivers and residents for their support as its £5 million package of carriageway improvements along the A66 in Cumbria starts to take shape. This weekend sees the third of seven consecutive closures of the road between Penrith and Brough. Highways England project manager …

APA Pacific Coast Regional Council Blog highlights US Asphalt Pavement Industry

APA Pacific Coast Regional Council Blog highlights US Asphalt Pavement Industry The asphalt industry has a new resource for information from the West Coast and Pacific region: The PacCoast Smooth Ride Sentinel blog. The blog is managed by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) Pacific Coast Regional Council and draws information from state asphalt pavement associations …

A19 triple decker roundabout finished off with a time capsule

A19 triple decker roundabout finished off with a time capsule Work to create the North East’s first triple decker roundabout is coming to an end as 80,000 cubic metres of soil is removed, enough to fill 32 Olympic sized swimming pools. The £75m Highways England scheme in North Tyneside is now 80% complete and involves …

Wirtgen W200 rehabilitates Brazil’s congested road network

Wirtgen W200 rehabilitates Brazil’s congested road network With precision milling results and flexible deployment options, the Wirtgen large milling machine put in a convincing performance in the rehabilitation of two main traffic arteries between São Paulo and Brazil’s largest port. Job for a W 200 in the Brazilian uplands The Anchieta-Imigrantes motorway system is the …

Nairobi to Addis Ababa road boosting trade the Horn of Africa

Nairobi to Addis Ababa road boosting trade the Horn of Africa The 895-km highway corridor linking Kenya and Ethiopia has not only eased cross-border traffic between the two countries, but is a major push for economic integration within Africa, resulting in jobs and improved livelihoods across the Horn of Africa region. In 2006, the project …

Britpave offers new Concrete Road Pavements Course

Britpave offers new Concrete Road Pavements Course A new course ‘Concrete Road Pavements: a technical introduction’ is to be held by Britpave, the British Cementitious Paving Association on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at the Holiday Inn Rugby-Northampton, M1 Junction 18. The half-day course will provide a practical and technical introduction to the design, specification and …

European Investment Bank supports The Great North Road for Zambians

European Investment Bank supports The Great North Road for Zambians The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €110 million (ZMK 1.27 billion) concessional loan with the Zambian Ministry of Finance in support of the Great North Road (T2), to be followed shortly by the signature of an EU grant of €72.45m that will complement EIB …

Smart motorway work set to increase Britain’s M62 capacity by a third

Smart motorway work set to increase Britain’s M62 capacity by a third Construction work to increase the capacity of one of the M62, the North West’s busiest stretches of motorway by a third started this weekend. Contractors for Highways England will begin work on the M62 near Eccles as part of a smart motorway project …

London Borough of Bromley awards £70m+ highways contracts to JB Riney

London Borough of Bromley awards £70m+ highways contracts to JB Riney The London Borough of Bromley has awarded its Major and Minor highways works contracts to JB Riney & Co Ltd. JB Riney has been awarded both council contracts for major and minor work following a competitive tender process. The contracts involve planned footway and …

Record levels of traffic forced to use deteriorating UK road network

Record levels of traffic forced to use deteriorating UK road network New Department for Transport (DfT) statistics underline the unprecedented demands being placed on our deteriorating local road network which, due to decades of under investment, is facing a £9.3 billion backlog of pothole repairs and is simply not up to the job reports the …

British Road Industry welcomes MP’s calls for roads to have heatwave resilience

British Road Industry welcomes MP’s calls for roads to have heatwave resilience The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has welcomed calls from MPs for government to examine the ability of local authorities to ensure that the local road network is resilient enough to withstand prolonged heatwaves and not melt. In its report ‘Heatwaves: adapting to …

STRABAG awarded €111m contract for 16km section of A1 in Poland

STRABAG awarded €111m contract for 16km section of A1 in Poland The Polish subsidiary of publicly listed European construction company STRABAG SE will be part of a syndicate to build a 16 km section of the A1 highway between Tuszyn and Bełchatów. The Polish General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (GDDKiA) has awarded a …

Nearly 90 percent of London Van Drivers to be charged to drive in the capital

Nearly 90 percent of London Van Drivers to be charged to drive in the capital According to British insurance comparison website The Van Insurer, almost 90 per cent of van drivers in London and the South East could be charged more than £5,000 to drive in the capital from 2021. London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, revealed …

First Smart Motorway is fully-operational in Manchester

First Smart Motorway is fully-operational in Manchester Drivers using the M60 in Greater Manchester are now enjoying the benefits of the region’s first smart motorway. The technology went live on Tuesday on the final M60 section between junction 10 and junction 18, meaning that the whole of the motorway between junction 8 of the M60 …

Eurovia Contracting appointed to £450m Midlands Highways Alliance framework

Eurovia Contracting appointed to £450m Midlands Highways Alliance framework Eurovia Contracting has been appointed onto the new £450m Midlands Highways Alliance (MHA) framework that will cover works carried out by 21 local authorities over the next four-years. Eurovia Contracting is one of four companies that has successfully won a place on the MHA Medium Schemes …

Ertech and Georgiou Group win Sydney Northern Road Upgrade contract

Ertech and Georgiou Group win Sydney Northern Road Upgrade contract The $1.6 billion upgrade of The Northern Road in Western Sydney has reached a major milestone with a contract being awarded to a joint venture between Ertech Pty Limited and Georgiou Group Pty Ltd for construction of Stage 4, between Mersey Road at Bringelly and …

Highways England looks at making it easier to drive through roadworks

Highways England looks at making it easier to drive through roadworks Drivers could be allowed to travel at increased speed through motorway roadworks depending on what day of the week they are travelling, under new plans from Highways England. Acting on feedback from road users, Highways England is working hard to reduce drivers’ frustration with …

Warm-Mix Asphalt use grows in USA while recycled materials hold steady

Warm-Mix Asphalt use grows in USA while recycled materials hold steady Asphalt pavement mixture producers continue to apply technologies and innovations to make long-lasting asphalt pavements more energy-efficient to produce and more resource responsible. Nearly 39 percent of asphalt pavement mixture produced in 2017 was produced as warm-mix asphalt at reduced temperatures, which decreases energy demands, …

Radical overhaul of construction sector needed for UK to meet Infrastructure needs

Radical overhaul of construction sector needed for UK to meet Infrastructure needs The construction sector as it currently operates cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the need for infrastructure. Given that the UK already lags behind other countries in construction productivity, and is facing a labour shortage, the Government …

UK Government support for NIC recommendations will transform Infrastructure Data

UK Government support for NIC recommendations will transform Infrastructure Data Sir John Armitt today welcomed plans from Ministers to adopt recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission, to use data to improve the condition and running of the nation’s infrastructure network. The Government will be adopting three of the Commission’s recommendations from last year’s report, Data …

Galliford Try appointed to £500m UK Midlands Highways Framework

Galliford Try appointed to £500m UK Midlands Highways Framework Galliford Try has secured a place on the new edition of the Midlands Highways Alliance framework. The total value of the work is £500m over the four-year term which will be shared among four contractors. The framework is operated by a regional highways maintenance procurement partnership …

Smart thinking could improve driver safety perception of Britain’s Smart Motorways

Smart thinking could improve driver safety perception of Britain’s Smart Motorways Smart Motorways were first introduced in 2006 to address increasing congestion and since then have been proven to improve journey time reliability and prevent fatalities. Despite the Government’s Road Investment Strategy championing Smart Motorways with a £3 billion investment to add an additional 240 …

From the military to the M1 motorway

From the military to the M1 motorway Nick Robinson, a former Artificer Telecommunications Engineer with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) (including a spell with the US Army as part of his three decades in the armed forces) and spent much of his working life travelling the world fixing telecommunications in the field is …

McCann helping to keep the midlands moving with M1 Smart Motorway junction works

McCann helping to keep the midlands moving with M1 Smart Motorway junction works Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann is playing a key part in the upgrade of a major midlands route through the implementation of essential works as part of the M1 junction 23a – 25 smart motorway scheme. The project to upgrade …

Eurovia Surfacing adds new BOMAG roller to its fleet

Eurovia Surfacing adds new BOMAG roller to its fleet Eurovia Surfacing has added a new state-of-the-art roller that boasts some of the latest compaction technology to its fleet. The new BOMAG BW174AP AM is among the first rollers equipped with the Asphalt Manager 2 compaction system to be introduced into the United Kingdom. Asphalt Manager …

Balfour Beatty Far East JV wins HK$2.6 billion contract for Hong Kong Highways

Balfour Beatty Far East JV wins HK$2.6 billion contract for Hong Kong Highways Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces its 50:50 Far East joint venture, Gammon Construction, has been awarded the ‘Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link – Northern Connection Tunnel Buildings, Electrical and Mechanical Works’ contract worth HK$2.6 billion (c. £249 million) for …

It’s coming home! So be safe and marvel at England’s two ‘World Cup’ motorways

It’s coming home! So be safe and marvel at England’s two ‘World Cup’ motorways Football mania is expected to leave England motorways with up to a third less traffic tomorrow night. As fans’ cheer on Harry Kane and co in their bid for World Cup semi-final glory, the country’s busiest roads are set to fall …

McCann teams up for essential East Midlands maintenance works

McCann teams up for essential East Midlands maintenance works Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann is helping to maintain the trunk roads of the East Midlands by collaborating with fellow contractors as part of Highways England’s Area 7 framework, for the wider East Midlands Asset Delivery Team (EMAD). McCann successfully secured Lot 3 and …

RSTA warns UK Local Councils will have even less money for road maintenance

RSTA warns UK Local Councils will have even less money for road maintenance The severe funding pressures being faced by local government will mean even less money for essential maintenance and repair of the local road network warns the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA). RSTA’s warning comes as a new report was launched by the …

100 miles of extra lanes coming to North West England motorways

100 miles of extra lanes coming to North West England motorways Drivers in the North West are being promised over 100 miles of extra lanes on the region’s motorways to tackle congestion and improve journey times. Four new smart motorway schemes, worth around £500 million, are due to start construction work within the next 18 …

The deteriorating skid resistance of UK roads calls for greater use of High Friction Surfacing

The deteriorating skid resistance of UK roads calls for greater use of High Friction Surfacing With the skid resistance levels of over a quarter of the local road network reported to be questionable and requiring further investigation, the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) is calling for greater use of high friction surfacing (HFS). The latest …

40 metre electronic sign gantry to span M6 Smart Motorway in England

40 metre superspan electronic sign gantry to span M6 Smart Motorway in England A giant 40-metre-wide superspan gantry structure will be lifted into place over the M6 in Cheshire next week to help improve the journeys of the 118,000 drivers who use the route every day. The huge 20-tonne gantry will span the width of …

Zublin Scandinavia to build Lovo Interchange as part of the Stockholm Bypass Project

Züblin Scandinavia to build Lovö Interchange as part of the Stockholm Bypass Project Züblin Scandinavia AB, a Swedish subsidiary of publicly listed STRABAG SE, has been awarded the contract by the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) to build FSE309 Lovö Interchange, a part of the Stockholm Bypass road project. The interchange is situated in a nature …

Domino’s is so fed up with Potholes, they’ve started repairing them – Paving for Pizza

Domino’s is so fed up with Potholes, they’ve started repairing them – Paving for Pizza Domino’s Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, is saving pizza with their Paving for Pizza campaign – one pothole at a time. Cracks, bumps, potholes and other road conditions can put good pizzas …

National Road Planing debuts high performance planer on M54 project

National Road Planing debuts high performance planer on M54 project National Road Planing (NRP), Tarmac’s industry-leading road planing contractor, is driving improved productivity on a major highways project with the introduction of a new high performance planer as part of a drive to boost output and lean efficiency. One of only eight machines in Europe, …

Additional pothole repair funding too little too late according to the RSTA

Additional pothole repair funding too little too late according to the RSTA Whilst welcoming the additional £100million pothole funding to help repair roads suffering from this year’s severe winter, the Road Surface Treatments Association ( RSTA ) believes that in reality it is ‘too little too late.’ Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has provided the funding …

Midlands Connect UK unveils bold 20-year vision to relieve congestion on the region’s motorways

Midlands Connect UK unveils bold 20-year vision to relieve congestion on the region’s motorways A bold, long-term vision to significantly reduce congestion on the Midlands’ motorways has been unveiled by Midlands Connect, the pan-regional transport partnership, with ten recommendations to improve the ‘Midlands Motorway Hub’ and get the country moving faster. In total, the ‘Midlands …

Super sized milling and paving equipment speeding up resurfacing on the M62 in Yorkshire

Super sized milling and paving equipment speeding up resurfacing on the M62 in Yorkshire A new type of resurfacing machine the first of its kind on England’s motorways – has been used to considerably reduce the duration of a resurfacing scheme in West Yorkshire. A unique 3.8 metre drum fitted to a Wirtgen W 250i …

World Bank supports Ulaanbaatar City on Municipal Transport Asset Management

World Bank supports Ulaanbaatar City on Municipal Transport Asset Management A memorandum of understanding between the World Bank and Ulaanbaatar city was signed today to facilitate cooperation on the management and planning of municipal transport assets, as part of the city’s efforts to make its transport infrastructure more resilient to the impact of climate change. …

India and World Bank sign $500m deal for all-weather rural roads using green technologies

India and World Bank sign $500m deal for all-weather rural roads using green technologies The Government of India and the World Bank today signed a $500 million loan agreement to provide additional financing for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Rural Roads Project which will build 7,000 km of climate resilient roads, out of …

M56 Smart Motorway £67m contract awarded to Galliford Try

M56 Smart Motorway £67m contract awarded to Galliford Try Galliford Try has been awarded a £67m contract by Highways England to design and construct an M56 Smart Motorway scheme on the M56 between junctions 6 and 8 to the west of Manchester Airport. Works include upgrading pavements, barriers and drainage as well as installation of …

Do not use the motorway hard shoulder as a naughty step

Do not use the motorway hard shoulder as a naughty step It’s a familiar scene for most parents driving on a motorway – children misbehaving. But the answer is not to do as one set of parents did and use the hard shoulder as a naughty step. The shocking action on the side of the …

European Investment Bank supports upgrade of energy and road infrastructure in Ukraine

European Investment Bank supports upgrade of energy and road infrastructure in Ukraine The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €136m to Ukraine’s National Power Company Ukrenergo in support of an extensive modernisation programme of its transmission infrastructure, helping to ensure that Ukrainian citizens and companies have a reliable source of electricity. The Ukrainian Government strongly supports …

Wider lanes for drivers on UK’s busy M60 ahead of May Bank Holiday weekend

Wider lanes for drivers on UK’s busy M60 ahead of May Bank Holiday weekend Drivers on the M60 will be able to benefit from wider lanes in time for the bank holiday weekend, helping to improve the flow of traffic on the second busiest motorway in England. Across the country, some 237 miles of roadworks …

Highways England Traffic Officer looks at avoiding Bank Holiday breakdowns

Highways England Traffic Officer looks at avoiding Bank Holiday breakdowns Highways England traffic officers work around the clock to help people who get into difficulty – and one has taken to YouTube to share her expertise as motorists set to travel for the late May bank holiday. In a series of videos, Siobhan Wares uses …

Midlands motorway network vital to UK economic growth

Midlands motorway network vital to UK economic growth Linking the north to the south and vice versa, the M5 provides a key arterial route to the south west for tourism and popular holiday destinations such as Cornwall. “In the context of the wider Midlands road infrastructure’s position in the national logistics network, both the M5, M6 …

EIB provides €150m for pan-European motorway through Bosnia and Herzegovina

EIB provides €150m for pan-European motorway through Bosnia and Herzegovina During an official visit by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EIB today signed two loans totalling €150m for the construction of a motorway. The loans to the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina will finance two sections of …

Cairo to Cape Town road links Tanzania to the rest of Africa

Cairo to Cape Town road links Tanzania to the rest of Africa Rehema Tukai grew up in Kondoa and works in Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city. Until now, visiting her family in Kondoa involved a five-hour journey along a bumpy and dusty road. Thanks to a new road co-funded by the African Development Bank, it takes …

Highways England £400m A1 upgrade brings safer, faster journeys for drivers

Highways England £400m A1 upgrade brings safer, faster journeys for drivers The £400m Highways England upgrade – the biggest road building project in the north of England – means there are now motorway links all the way between Newcastle and London. The extra capacity which comes from adding an extra lane in each direction near …

Triple decker junction enters final stages in Tyneside

Triple decker junction enters final stages in Tyneside Work to reduce congestion by creating the North East’s first triple decker junction in North Tyneside is entering its final stage as work starts to complete the new underpass. The £75m Highways England scheme to lower the A19 under the A1058 Coast Road and Coast Road roundabout …

Eurovia Infrastructure wins major resurfacing contract in Kent

Eurovia Infrastructure wins major resurfacing contract in Kent Eurovia Infrastructure has won Kent County Council’s Road Asset Renewal Framework Contract to resurface the rural and urban network throughout the county. The Contract is due to commence on 1st July and has a term of 30 months, at a value of approximately £8million per annum, with …

Highways England signs deal with contractors to improve road construction times

Highways England signs deal with contractors to improve road construction times Highways England has signed a deal with contractors across the country to enable the company to respond more quickly when motorways and major A roads need to be resurfaced. With research showing road surface quality continues to be an area of concern with drivers, …

UK Highways Industry and Road Safety Groups call for cut in road works

UK Highways Industry and Road Safety Groups call for cut in road works Pedestrian, road safety and disability campaign groups as well as experts across the highways sector have responded to news that the Secretary of State plans to make pavements the default location for new utility infrastructure, to cut down on roadworks and potholes. …

Highways England offers specialist motorway training for commercial drivers

Highways England offers specialist motorway training for commercial drivers Hauliers up and down the country are being urged to get ‘smart’ with Highways England’s specialist motorway training. In a pioneering move, the government company responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads has joined forces with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to offer bespoke …

Mordialloc Freeway to be upgraded in Australia

Mordialloc Freeway to be upgraded in Australia People in Melbourne’s south-east will get home faster and spend less time stuck in traffic when the new Mordialloc Freeway bypass is upgraded. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include Aus $75 million to upgrade the Mordialloc Bypass to a four-lane freeway, removing a further three sets of traffic …

Ancient Maori comb fragments found during New Zealand road construction

Ancient Maori comb fragments found during New Zealand road construction The teeth of a pre-European ceremonial wooden comb, a Maori heru, have been discovered during earthworks on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. This find was made by the Fulton Hogan-HEB Joint Venture team while topsoil was being moved to construct the new Evans, Kimihia and McVie …

Galliford Try sets to work upgrading Rugby with signalisation and roadworks

Galliford Try sets to work upgrading Rugby with signalisation and roadworks Galliford Try has secured a £3.7m contract to improve the Coton Arches roundabout in Rugby, Warwickshire. The scheme will involve signalising the roundabout and providing a connecting road through it to facilitate southbound movement on the A444. The approaches will be widened to provide additional lane …

Archaeology on Highways England project shines light on 6000 years of history

Archaeology on Highways England project shines light on 6000 years of history A Roman trade distribution centre, an abandoned medieval village and three prehistoric monuments are among nationally significant archaeology discoveries uncovered by the team delivering the UK’s biggest road upgrade. The sites have been uncovered by archaeologists working on Highways England’s £1.5bn scheme to …

AfDB funds 208 km road rehabilitation and widening project in Rwanda

AfDB funds 208 km road rehabilitation and widening project in Rwanda The Government of Rwanda in partnership with African Development Bank (AfDB) through the African Development Fund (AfDF), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Union (EU) funding the Kagitumba-Kayonza-Rusumo road (208km) project. The ground breaking ceremony for the multi-national road was officiated …

Road survey confirms impact of decades of under investment in UK road maintenance

Road survey confirms impact of decades of under investment in UK road maintenance The negative impact of decades of under-investment in road maintenance has been confirmed by the latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey. The survey found that rate of deterioration of the local road network is accelerating. 1 in 5 roads may …

See behind Highways England’s roadwork projects with Open Doors

See behind Highways England’s roadwork projects with Open Doors Do you ever wonder what it’s like to work on the biggest road building sites or are you considering a career in construction? Highways England is taking part in Open Doors and giving members of the public a unique chance to go behind the scenes of five …

STRABAG starts €167m construction of 20km section of M85 expressway in Hungary

STRABAG starts €167m construction of 20km section of M85 expressway in Hungary The European construction group STRABAG SE has started work on the 20.5 km long section of the M85 expressway between Csorna and Sopron in Hungary. The contract has a value of HUF 51.9 billion, which corresponds to about € 167 million. The section …

Slope design and management – Beyond the boundaries

Slope design and management – Beyond the boundaries CIRIA has embarked on a new partnership with Atkins, BAM Ritchies and Maccaferri as together they set out to bring together the engineering community to identify future good practice guidance in slope design and management. With the support of partners, CIRIA is delighted to announce a series of …

Potholes in the UK are a national disgrace

Potholes in the UK are a national disgrace On the fourth annual National Pothole Day, the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has declared that decades of under-investment in maintaining the local road network means that potholes have gone from being just a local problem to being a national disgrace. “Decades of government under-funding has deprived …

VINCI Construction JV wins $700m motorway contract in Auckland, New Zealand

VINCI Construction JV wins $700m motorway contract in Auckland, New Zealand VINCI Construction subsidiary HEB Construction, has been chosen as part of an alliance contract to build the Northern Corridor Improvements Project (NCI Project). With a total value of $700 million New-Zealand dollars (around €415 million), the contract aims at creating a new connection north …

Eurovia wins contract to transform London’s busy Tottenham Court Road

Eurovia wins contract to transform London’s busy Tottenham Court Road Eurovia UK will play a vital part in the transformation of one of the busiest parts of central London after submitting a winning bid to carry out a large part of a major new scheme. The work will be part of the £35million West End …

Scotland hit by 20 percent drop in Road Maintenance Funding

Scotland hit by 20 percent drop in Road Maintenance Funding A new report on Scottish local authority finances has found that continued budget restriction has resulted in 20% reduction in spending on road maintenance. The research was compiled by the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) that brings together annual data on Scottish councils’ performance. The …

BAM-PGGM / HABAU JV awarded €650m A10/A24 upgrades in Germany

BAM-PGGM / HABAU JV awarded €650m A10/A24 upgrades in Germany The consortium consisting of BAM-PGGM and HABAU has reached financial close on the Availability Model A10 / A24 AS Neuruppin to AD Pankow in Germany. The construction volume is €650 million. The project will include the design, build, finance, maintain and operate contract which comprises …

Freetech Hot-In-Place Recycling plays a key role on the Silk Road

Freetech Hot-In-Place Recycling plays a key role on the Silk Road In September 2013, China’s President Xi Jinping proposed a strategic plan to develop the Silk Road Economic Belt, an important component of the Belt and Road Initiative. An ambitious vision to promote China’s infrastructure, and stimulate economic integration for the Country, both nationally and …

Contractor sought for Mordialloc Bypass in Victoria, Australia

Contractor sought for Mordialloc Bypass in Victoria, Australia The congestion-busting Mordialloc Bypass is a step closer, with expressions of interest now open to build the $300 million project. The nine-kilometre bypass will link the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road, Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village. When complete the new arterial road …

Contract awarded to upgrade Australia’s Plenty Road

Contract awarded to upgrade Australia’s Plenty Road The Victorian Government in Australia has fast-tracked works on the Plenty Road Upgrade, with major works to start within weeks. Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced that DECMIL has won the contract for the first stage of the $139.4 million upgrade. The first stage, between McKimmies Road and Bush …

Highways England explores A417 ‘Missing Link’ options

Highways England explores A417 ‘Missing Link’ options   Known locally as the ‘missing link’ at Air Balloon roundabout, this stretch of single carriageway road between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout restricts the flow of traffic on a key route which is otherwise a continuous dual carriageway between the M5 at Gloucester and the M4 …

New Police Supercab trucks to tackle dangerous driving on England’s motorways

New Police Supercab trucks to tackle dangerous driving on England’s motorways Three new HGV ‘supercab’ turcks are to take to the roads as part of a unique initiative to tackle dangerous driving on England’s motorways and major A roads. Highways England has announced plans to fund three new unmarked HGV cabs after a single one …

McConnelI Dowell wins A$40m contract for Australian bridge, culverts and intersections

McConnelI Dowell wins A$40m contract for Australian bridge, culverts and intersections Detailed design, planning and site inspections will commence immediately on Aus $40 million worth of bridge, culvert, road widening and intersection upgrades across regional South Australia following the awarding of a contract to McConnelI Dowell Construction Pty Ltd. These projects will improve productivity and …

Old road surface paves the way for local park upgrades

Old road surface paves the way for local park upgrades Highways England is turning waste from a major road improvement into new footpaths for walkers at a nearby park. Around 250 tonnes of the old surface from an improvement on the A19 in North Tyneside is benefitting Benton Quarry Park in Benton. Recycling this waste …

Highways England record investment in South West England will achieve big milestones

Highways England record investment in South West England will achieve big milestones Plans for the tunnel set to be built as part of the £1.6 billion upgrade of the A303 near Stonehenge will go on public display today. Highways England’s plans for the improved A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down will be on show at …

Northern Victoria Logging Road in Australia gets major upgrade

Northern Victoria Logging Road in Australia gets major upgrade Drivers are set to benefit from a safer and smoother journey along the Shelley-Walwa Road in Victoria’s north as works start on a major upgrade of the road. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the $7.63 million project would upgrade …

Kangaroo Island hopping for joy at road upgrade

Kangaroo Island hopping for joy at road upgrade South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has awarded BMD a road re-sheeting contract on Kangaroo Island, just off South Australia. The 4,405 km² Kangaroo Island is southwest of Adelaide and renowned for its protected nature reserves which cover a third of the island. Home to native …

The Magic of working in a frozen world

The Magic of working in a frozen world 5℃ is the temperature limit of traditional road repair work, mainly because asphalt hot mix cools down too quickly under 5℃, which leads to complications in compaction the asphalt to the required density and quality. In China, most road maintenance work sites go into hibernation in winter, …

Works ramp up in Queensland on the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes

Works ramp up in Queensland on the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes Heavy construction on the congestion-busting M1 widening between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes on the Australian Gold Coast is now a step closer with the Seymour Whyte Group being awarded the project contract. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said …

Detailed plans to upgrade A303 at Stonehenge to go on show

Detailed plans to upgrade A303 at Stonehenge to go on show Refined plans for major improvements to journeys on the A303 near Stonehenge will go on show next week. Highways England has been working hard to develop the design for the £1.6 billion scheme since the preferred route was announced last September, and the details …

Clearview cat’s eyes will improve safety on UK roads

Clearview cat’s eyes will improve safety on UK roads Clearview cat’s eyes, which light up in response to changing traffic lights, are to be used for the first time at a motorway junction to improve safety for drivers. Highways England is installing around 170 of the innovative LED road studs at one of England’s busiest …

Hot-In-Place Recycling for Beijing’s Chang’An Avenue

Hot-In-Place Recycling for Beijing’s Chang’An Avenue Chang’an Avenue, literally translated as “Eternal Peace Street”, links the most important political and cultural landmarks in Beijing, China. This bustling street is where you will find various government organizations, historical buildings like Tian An Men (The Forbidden City), and commercial centres like the Beijing Hotel. Every hour about …

RTA awards contract for Phase 1 and 2 of Dubai 2020 Expo roads improvement project

RTA awards contract for Phase 1 and 2 of Dubai 2020 Expo roads improvement project As directed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai to start immediately in the construction of roads and transport projects associated with the hosting of Expo 2020 …

Cyclists celebrate Highways England £1.1m junction improvements in Ellesmere Port

Cyclists celebrate Highways England £1.1m junction improvements in Ellesmere Port A £1.1 million scheme to improve safety and create a new cycle path at a busy junction near Ellesmere Port has been officially opened by a group of local cyclists. Members of the Chester Cycling Campaign were among the first to ride along the new …

North Midland Construction paves the way for IKEA Sheffield

North Midland Construction paves the way for IKEA Sheffield NM Group (North Midland Construction Plc) has successfully completed its first contract for IKEA, providing vital access to the new IKEA Sheffield store. Works included widening roundabout approaches as well as creating additional lanes to increase the road network capacity at four junctions. NM Group also …

Rehabilitation of Camps Bay Drive in Cape Town relies on Wirtgen Cold Recycling

Rehabilitation of Camps Bay Drive in Cape Town relies on Wirtgen Cold Recycling Camps Bay Drive is a major scenic route within the City of Cape Town and provides access to Camps Bay and Hout Bay. Based on the project brief and geometric analysis, Camps Bay Drive required widening to safely accommodate the high volumes …

Metropolitan Adelaide gets A$22 million road safety upgrades

Metropolitan Adelaide gets A$22 million road safety upgrades Nine metropolitan blackspots, including the intersection of Main North Road, Dalkeith Road and Smith Road will be upgraded as part of the State Government’s latest $22 million investment in road safety infrastructure improvements across metropolitan Adelaide. The program will fund works such as the installation of new …

Northern England leaders publish Strategic Transport Plan to transform the region

Northern England leaders publish Strategic Transport Plan to transform the region Civic and business leaders from across the North have come together to publish Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan. The thirty year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be …

Balfour Beatty awarded £124m UK Major Highways Programme

Balfour Beatty awarded £124m UK Major Highways Programme Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been selected by Wokingham Borough Council to deliver their £124 million Major Highways Programme. The contract has been awarded under Scape Group’s National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework. The four-year package of works will include the …

It’s a smooth finish for huge multi-contract road project in New Hampshire

It’s a smooth finish for huge multi-contract road project in New Hampshire New Hampshire I-93 rehab benefits from gravity-fed asphalt paver It may sound a bit over-the-top dramatic, but the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) proclaims that the widening of a 20-mile segment of I-93 between Exits 1 and 5 from the Massachusetts Stateline …

Expressions of Interest open to complete Australia’s M80 Ring Road

Expressions of Interest open to complete Australia’s M80 Ring Road The M80 Ring Road upgrade has reached another important project milestone, with Expressions of Interest now open to complete the remaining sections of the project. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the final upgrades include a four-kilometre section between Sydney Road …

ADB finances three Infrastructure Projects in Cambodia

ADB finances three Infrastructure Projects in Cambodia The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed three project loan agreements with the Government of Cambodia to provide infrastructure support for road network improvement, provincial water supply and sanitation, and smallholder farmers development in Tonle Sap. The loan agreements were signed by Aun Pornmoniroth, Senior Minister, Ministry of …

Contract awarded for $391.6 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade in Australia

Contract awarded for $391.6 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade in Australia Motorists will soon see major benefits as work commences on three major upgrades along the M1 Pacific Motorway following the award of the construction contract today. Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the $391.6 million M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades, jointly …

Highways England announces new contract for future road improvements

Highways England announces new contract for future road improvements Highways England has released details of a new type of contract – the Regional Delivery Partnership – for future major projects for England’s motorways and major A-roads. The new model will help the company to modernise, maintain and operate the strategic road network, having been developed …

Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall JV awarded €360m motorway upgrade contracts

Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall JV awarded €360m motorway upgrade contracts The Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall joint venture, (bm JV), has been awarded two contracts worth a total of approximately €360 million (£322 million) to deliver part of Highways England’s smart motorway programme. The first contract, a two stage design and build contract worth …

Noise barriers to be installed on M40 Motorway in England

Noise barriers to be installed on M40 Motorway in England Work on a highly anticipated £3.5 million plan to cut traffic noise for many people living along a section of the M40 in Buckinghamshire has begun. Highways England is installing new noise reducing barriers at eight locations along an 11.5 mile section of the motorway, …

Access to all-weather roads allow Afghan Valley residents to flourish

Access to all-weather roads allow Afghan Valley residents to flourish It is mid-afternoon and the sun is beating down hard on the flourishing Parandi valley. The weather in the lengthy valley in the Bazarak district of Panjshir Province is torrid, keeping most of the inhabitants of its 12 villages indoors. But not Razuddin, 50, who …

STRABAG wins two more sections of S7 expressway in Poland for around €200m

STRABAG wins two more sections of S7 expressway in Poland for around €200m Two subsidiaries of STRABAG SE have been awarded the contract in Poland to design and build two sections of the S7 expressway north of Warsaw. The two orders have a total value of PLN 828 million, which is equivalent to approx. € …

Highways England announces new people centric road design principles

Highways England announces new people centric road design principles Highways England today renewed its focus on design with the launch of a set of design principles which will inform future road schemes – to ensure its roads better serve the people who use them and the environments through which they pass. The company, responsible for …

RSTA welcomes A road investment, but what about the rest of UK local roads?

RSTA welcomes A road investment, but what about the rest of UK local roads? The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has welcomed government proposals to invest in a Major Roads Network that could see £100 million new funding for key local ‘A’ roads but warns that the rest of the local network must not be …

ADB finances US$380m road improvements in Mindanao, Philippines

ADB finances US$380m road improvements in Mindanao, Philippines The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $380 million loan to help the Philippine government strengthen the road network and spur economic development in Mindanao, the country’s second largest island with about 20 million people. The Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector …

Reduced tolls on Severn bridges between England and Wales starts next week

Reduced tolls on Severn bridges between England and Wales starts next week Drivers who use the Severn bridges are reminded changes to the TAG payment system take place next week. Responsibility for the operations, maintenance and vehicle charges for the bridges will be managed and run by Highways England on behalf of the UK Government …

SIAC / Colas JV awarded €120m motorway upgrade and bypass project in Ireland

SIAC / Colas JV awarded €120m motorway upgrade and bypass project in Ireland The award of today’s contract with SIAC/Colas JV commences one of the most significant road schemes contained in the Government’s Building on Recovery Programme. This contract consists of three major elements and is scheduled for full completion early 2020: 1) Widening the …

Sacyr awarded €38m construction and rehabilitation projects in Bogotá

Sacyr awarded €38m construction and rehabilitation projects in Bogotá Sacyr has been awarded three new projects for the construction, rehabilitation and updating of different urban areas in Bogotá (Colombia). The three projects, which represent a budget of €38 million, reinforce Sacyr’s position as one of the leading construction and infrastructure companies in Colombia. The first …

The Australia Western Highway Project set to restart

The Australia Western Highway Project set to restart Construction to duplicate the Western Highway between Buangor and Ararat will restart in 2018, following the approval of a new planning amendment allowing works to proceed. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced that a contractor will soon be appointed to get this vital …

STRABAG awarded €125m road construction contract in Hungary

STRABAG awarded €125m road construction contract in Hungary The European construction group STRABAG SE has been awarded a road construction contract in Hungary with a volume of approx. € 125 million. On behalf of state company NIF Zrt., STRABAG will build the first section of R76 expressway in western Hungary from Zalaegerszeg to the M7 …

Highways England continues archaeological survey work on A303 Stonehenge scheme

Highways England continues archaeological survey work on A303 Stonehenge scheme Highways England will continue archaeological surveys in the new year as part of the ongoing scheme to improve journeys for people using the A303 at Stonehenge. The survey work, which includes surface artefact collection, topsoil tests and trial trenching, is part of the company’s continuing …

Rebounding US economy puts more drivers on Washington State Highways

Rebounding US economy puts more drivers on Washington State Highways As unemployment in Washington state approaches pre-recession levels, more drivers hit the road in 2016, and again followed the lead of the local economy. Between 2014 and 2016, commuters in urban areas throughout Washington saw increases in congestion and delay, due largely to the effects …

Multi-million pound major road improvements in England unlock homes and jobs this winter

Multi-million pound major road improvements in England unlock homes and jobs this winter Multi-million pound road upgrades announced today by Highways England will help create more than 4,300 jobs and over 1,700 homes for people in the Midlands, the South East, North West and South West of England. The improvements, worth just over £67 million …

Balfour Beatty announces partial sale of M25 (Updated)

Balfour Beatty announces partial sale of M25 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announced that it has reached an agreement with funds managed by Dalmore Capital Limited (Dalmore) to sell a 12.5 percent stake in Connect Plus, the company which operates the M25 orbital motorway. The sale is for a cash consideration of £103 million, …

Highways England backs bypass as best A5036 option for Merseyside

Highways England backs bypass as best A5036 option for Merseyside Highways England has reiterated its view that building a new bypass is the best option to replace the A5036 Port of Liverpool route in Merseyside. The company confirmed today it would formally defend its decision to opt for a bypass after Sefton Council applied for …

BAM wins German PPP road project A10 / A24 Neuruppin to Pankow

BAM wins German PPP road project A10 / A24 Neuruppin to Pankow The consortium consisting of BAM-PGGM and HABAU, has been appointed preferred bidder for the project Availability Model A10 / A24 AS Neuruppin to AD Pankow in Germany by DEGES GmbH. This publicly owned project management company is representing the Federal Republic of Germany. …

McCann is keeping Lincolnshire lit

McCann is keeping Lincolnshire lit Civil and electrical engineering firm J M McCann & Co Ltd. (McCann) has won the tender to continue to maintain North East Lincolnshire’s street lighting and illuminated traffic signs, and this year the company has added the North Lincolnshire area to its portfolio. The Nottingham-based firm has worked with North …

ADB finances urban and transport improvements in Pakistan

ADB finances urban and transport improvements in Pakistan The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan today signed two loans totalling $380 million for projects to help improve the country’s urban and transport sectors. The agreements were signed by Xiaohong Yang, ADB Country Director for Pakistan, and Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary of the …

Extra lanes to open before Christmas on Manchester smart motorway

Extra lanes to open before Christmas on Manchester smart motorway Drivers will be able to use over ten miles of extra lanes on the M62 near Rochdale in time for Christmas. Highways England is opening a permanent fourth lane in each direction between junctions 18 and 20 as part of a phased opening of the …

30-year draft Strategic Transport Plan agreed for North West England

30-year draft Strategic Transport Plan agreed for North West England Civic and business leaders from across the North of England have agreed a draft Strategic Transport Plan, to be published by Transport for the North, for public consultation early in the new year, which outlines the transport infrastructure needed to transform the region’s economy. Calling for …

AfDB approves US$153m to improve road and rail transportation in Namibia

AfDB approves US$153m to improve road and rail transportation in Namibia To help speed up travel and transportation in Namibia, the Board of the African Development Bank has approved a loan of ZAR 2,000 million (US$ 153 million) to the Government of Namibia to upgrade a 210km stretch of railway in the west of the …

Galliford Try awarded £24m contract for new M49 junction at Avonmouth, UK

Galliford Try awarded £24m contract for new M49 junction at Avonmouth, UK The design and build scheme will feature a new grade separated junction with a roundabout spanning the motorway which will incorporate a new and existing bridge (pictured) together with access and slip roads on both sides of the junction. The project will reduce …

Inrix predicts over 20 million vehicles will hit UK roads this Christmas causing 4 hour delays

Inrix predicts over 20 million vehicles will hit UK roads this Christmas causing 4 hour delays More than 20 million vehicles will hit the road this festive period resulting in significant delays, according to data from INRIX, the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. With Christmas Day falling on a Monday this …

New Zealand’s Waikato Expressway gets 110km/h speed limit sections

  New Zealand’s Waikato Expressway gets 110km/h speed limit sections From today the speed limit on the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (SH2) and the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway (SH1) is 110km/h. NZ Transport Agency Director of Safety and Environment Harry Wilson says this is a significant milestone for people driving New Zealand’s …

McCann begins work on £25m LED street lighting for Calderdale, Yorkshire

McCann begins work on £25m LED street lighting for Calderdale, Yorkshire Civil and Electrical Engineering firm, McCann, has begun work on a £25m contract to replace and maintain street lighting across Calderdale, Yorkshire, which will see the Nottingham-based company working in the area until at least the year 2025. The McCann team will be responsible …

First glimpse of updated Highways England Road Design Manual set for 2018

First glimpse of updated Highways England Road Design Manual set for 2018 Highways England is set to release an updated set of road design standards in 2018 which will be used across the United Kingdom. Renowned experts at the company responsible for the Britain’s motorways and major A roads are updating the “Design Manual for …

£600 billion UK National Infrastructure Pipeline puts the cart before the horse

£600 billion UK National Infrastructure Pipeline puts the cart before the horse The announcement by the British Government that some £600 billion is to be spent on national infrastructure investment is a case of putting “the cart before the horse” believes the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA). The announcement forms the central part of the …

Highways England lifting 400 miles of roadwork to ease Christmas congestion

Highways England lifting 400 miles of roadwork to ease Christmas congestion A £15bn investment on motorways and major A-roads is helping motorists and hauliers this festive season get to their destinations quicker and with fewer delays. Since it was created in 2015, Highways England has completed 18 road improvements across the country, which is a …

Highways England gets green light for new Kent M20 motorway junction

Highways England gets green light for new Kent M20 motorway junction A £104m project to create a new motorway junction on the M20 in Kent has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State today (Friday 1 December). Junction 10a will serve communities and businesses around Ashford, improving journeys by relieving pressure on the …

R&W Civil Engineering wins share of £100m M25 Motorway Works

R&W Civil Engineering wins share of £100m M25 Motorway Works R&W Civil Engineering has been awarded a place on the second Call-Off Framework Agreement (COFA-2) to deliver improvement works on the M25 and associated motorways. The Contract procured and managed by Connect Plus on behalf of Highways England will run for six years and has …

Safety first for Florida’s I-4 reconstruction

Safety first for Florida’s I-4 reconstruction Floridians are looking forward to an increase in both time and safety when the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate interstate megaproject is completed in 2021. Ashby Cockrell, 68, avoids Florida’s interstate 4 (I-4) whenever he can. To avoid the traffic and accidents that plague the highway system, he prefers to …

Samsung C and T wins First North-South Corridor contract in Singapore

Samsung C and T wins First North-South Corridor contract in Singapore Samsung C&T Corporation has been selected as the first contractor to design and construct a stretch of the North-South Corridor (NSC) in Singapore by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Under the USD$602 million contract, Samsung C&T will be responsible for the design and construction …

AfDB approves €122m loan for Tunisia Road Improvement Project

AfDB approves €122m loan for Tunisia Road Improvement Project The Board of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a loan of €112 million to help finance the North-East Road Connectivity Support Project in Tunisia. The project aims to make the Tunisian economy more competitive through supporting the growing demand for the traffic of …

New £1.5 million salt barn to help keep Britain’s roads moving this winter

New £1.5 million salt barn to help keep Britain’s roads moving this winter A new £1.5 million salt barn in Knutsford, Cheshire, will help to keep the region’s motorways and major A roads moving this winter. Highways England is storing more than 2,200 tonnes of salt in the new barn – enough to treat around …

How big is the pothole problem in the UK?

How big is the pothole problem in the UK? If you lust after the thrill of airplane turbulence, you can often recreate it by driving down one of Britain’s many pothole-covered roads (though we wouldn’t recommend it). While it can be difficult to keep your car in top condition as you skilfully avoid potholes big …

FCC wins bid to widen section I of the Inter-American Highway in Panama

FCC wins bid to widen section I of the Inter-American Highway in Panama The consortium FCC Corredor de las Playas I, formed by FCC Construcción and the operator CICSA (infrastructures and construction division of the Grupo Carso), has won the bid to widen the first section of the Inter-American Highway (Panama). The consortium had the …

Roads sector expresses amusement at Chancellor’s future car vision for Britain

Roads sector expresses amusement at Chancellor’s future car vision for Britain The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has greeted the Chancellor’s, Philip Hammond, announcement that driverless cars will be on Britain’s roads by 2021 with some amusement. Hammond has made the announcement as part of a £900m investment in future technologies but “it begs the …

New Operation Stack options set out by Highways England

New Operation Stack options set out by Highways England Measures that will help improve the road network’s resilience when there are interruptions to services across the English Channel were set out by Highways England on15 November. The steps include a fresh look at options for holding large numbers of lorries at a site near the …

£1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade marks its first year of construction

£1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade marks its first year of construction The UK’s biggest road construction project is marking its first full year of work. 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon are being upgraded to three lanes in each direction including a brand new 17-mile bypass south of Huntingdon, with four lanes …

Salini Impregilo with Lane wins a $134.6m contract to build a new highway section in Florida

Salini Impregilo with Lane wins a $134.6m contract to build a new highway section in Florida Salini Impregilo’s U.S. subsidiary, The Lane Construction Corporation, has won a $134.6 million contract to build a section of Suncoast Parkway 2, a new highway leading north of Tampa, Florida. The contract confirms Salini Impregilo and Lane’s leadership in …

EIB finances tolling infrastructure in Slovenia

EIB finances tolling infrastructure in Slovenia The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €51 million to Slovenia’s motorway company DARS to finance the introduction of an electronic tolling system for vehicles above 3.5 tonnes using the country’s motorway network. This is the EIB’s first direct transaction in Slovenia under the European Fund for Strategic Investments …

Smooth operators – the Excavator experts behind the Florida megaproject

Smooth operators – the Excavator experts behind the Florida megaproject The ultimate project demands the ultimate operators. Volvo Construction Equipment went behind the scenes to meet the experts working on one of the largest and most complex road building projects in the world. Roberto Rodriguez is feeling proud. He’s doing his part to complete the …

Highways England is geared up for winter

Highways England is geared up for winter Highways England’s team of 1,300 specially trained gritter drivers based across the country are geared up for winter – and are urging drivers to do the same. The company responsible for the country’s motorways and main A roads has more than 280,000 tonnes of salt, over 500 salt …

Drones set to take off in construction

Drones set to take off in construction Floating effortlessly and able to be positioned with great accuracy, drones – also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – are becoming an increasingly popular tool in the construction industry. Named after stingless male bees, drones were originally a military technology, dating back to the siege of …

Severe UK winter predictions spell bad news for potholed roads

Severe UK winter predictions spell bad news for potholed roads Predictions of the worse winter for possibly ten years is bad news for those highway authorities who have failed to carry out the necessary maintenance of their road networks. The Met Office’s forecast for November to January predicts ‘the risk of colder than normal conditions …

AfDB funded Thika Highway continues to impact Kenyan lives five years on

AfDB funded Thika Highway continues to impact Kenyan lives five years on The long-standing partnership between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Kenya to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth has produced excellent results. One of the most prominent fruits of this partnership is the eight-lane ultra-modern expressway which most Kenyans affectionately …

How design is driving Americas largest infrastructure project

How design is driving Americas largest infrastructure project Florida’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project aims to create a commuting experience that will delight residents and tourists alike. Alvaro Alonso is the design-build manager of the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, a massive $2.3 billion venture to redesign and reconstruct Florida’s Interstate 4 (I-4). It is the largest …

4,000 British truck drivers caught watching DVDs and boiling kettles

4,000 British truck drivers caught watching DVDs and boiling kettles   The shocking footage above was released by Highways England today and show drivers watching DVDs, reading books, and even boiling a dashboard kettle. One driver in Kent was watching a DVD, while in Hampshire three from the same company were caught using their phones …

Ferrovial consortium to deliver the €1,150m Western Roads Upgrade in Melbourne

Ferrovial consortium to deliver the €1,150m Western Roads Upgrade in Melbourne   Cintra, subsidiary of Ferrovial, through the Netflow joint venture recently formed with Plenary, has been selected by the State of Victoria as Preferred Respondent for the design, construction and financing of works to upgrade and rehabilitate the suburban road network in the western …

Florida’s 21 mile, $2.3 billion, Interstate 4 reconstruction supported by VolvoCE

Florida’s 21 mile, $2.3 billion, Interstate 4 reconstruction supported by VolvoCE Florida’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is at the forefront of several global trends in infrastructure design, management, financing and community enhancement. The I-4 Ultimate megaproject serves as a great example for where the future of transportation is headed globally. Its design and engineering is …

AfDF paves way for Guinea-Sierra Leone road reconstruction with €48 million

AfDF paves way for Guinea-Sierra Leone road reconstruction with €48 million The Boards of the African Development Bank Group have approved funding of €48 million from the African Development Fund (ADF) for the reconstruction of the border road from Guinea to Sierra Leone. The project, jointly funded by the African Development Fund, the European Union …

Starting Out Safely program leading the way in children’s road safety in Australia

Starting Out Safely program leading the way in children’s road safety in Australia Victoria, Australia, is leading the way in road safety with more than 75,000 children benefiting from an Australian-first “Starting Out Safely”, road safety education program delivered through early learning centres. The Andrews Labour Government has invested $1.51 million over three years to …

Tyre safety blitz for UK as Highways England works to drive down incidents

Tyre safety blitz for UK as Highways England works to drive down incidents Highways England is marking the end of Tyre Safety Month by revealing a series of initiatives it is developing or already delivering to help drive down the number of people killed and injured on the country’s motorways and major A roads. The …

Colourful road markings are becoming more popular on British roads

Colourful road markings are becoming more popular on British roads Recently, the presence of bright and colourful surface markings has become more and more prominent on British roads. This is a major contrast to the usual white demarcations with occasional yellow lines that we often see on the surfaces we travel on. These vibrant markings …

New traffic signal refurbishment contract awarded to Siemens ITS

New traffic signal refurbishment contract awarded to Siemens ITS A new contract to design and refurbish traffic signal equipment and systems at nine signalised junctions in Coventry has been awarded to Siemens by the city council. Following the recent completion of the design stages by Siemens, work is now underway to supply and replace equipment …

Improved journeys to South West England a step closer as A303 preferred route announced

Improved journeys to South West England a step closer as A303 preferred route announced The next step in a multi-million pound scheme to give drivers quicker, safer and more reliable journeys in the South West took a major step forward today as Highways England announced the preferred route for the dualling of a 3 mile section …

Dual carriageway bypass unveiled for key A585 improvement in UK

Dual carriageway bypass unveiled for key A585 improvement in UK Highways England is planning to build a £100 million new bypass along the A585 near Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, boosting the local economy and improving journeys for drivers. Plans for the new dual carriageway – between Windy Harbour and Skippool – were unveiled today as part …

How to save lives through a targeted approach to road safety

How to save lives through a targeted approach to road safety Last month’s reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2016 annual report revealed a 4% increase in the number of reported road safety deaths. While this is not a large increase, it represents yet another year of no improvement in safety on our roads. The …

Highways England £15 billion road upgrade plan updated to minimise congestion

Highways England £15 billion road upgrade plan updated to minimise congestion Highways England has today updated its £15 billion road improvement programme to reduce the impact of roadworks on motorists and minimise congestion while improvements take place. Plans for twenty-six road upgrades have been revised to reduce roadworks taking place in the same area of …

Wider lanes for drivers on England’s M62 smart motorway near Rochdale

Wider lanes for drivers on England’s M62 smart motorway near Rochdale Drivers on a 5-mile stretch of the M62 near Rochdale can now benefit from wider lanes, helping to improve the flow of traffic on one of the busiest motorways in the region. Temporary narrow lanes have been removed between junctions 18 and 20, marking …

Cold Recycling with Foamed Bitumen: A pioneering formula

Cold Recycling with Foamed Bitumen: A pioneering formula Resource-saving technologies are more in demand than ever before. The Wirtgen cold recycling process has been proving its credentials for many years – and already meets the demands of tomorrow and utilising foamed bitumen takes that even further. Roads that are subjected to continuous and heavy traffic …

Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald secure £115m highways maintenance extension

Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald secure £115m highways maintenance extension   Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, a 70:30 joint venture between two of Britain’s most established construction and consultancy companies, has secured a £115 million Asset Support Contract extension from Highways England to continue its service delivery for Area 10 covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater …

Amey tests wearable safety tech for highways workers

Amey tests wearable safety tech for highways workers Wearable technology which could reduce risks to drivers and lone workers has been trialled by highways engineers working for leading service provider Amey. Biometric and location devices which detect when the body is under stress and help workers raise instant alarms at the touch of a button …

Higgins awarded East Waikato highways maintenance contract in New Zealand

Higgins awarded East Waikato highways maintenance contract in New Zealand The NZ Transport Agency has awarded the contract for the management and maintenance of state highways in East Waikato to the national contractor Higgins. The East Waikato Network Outcomes Contract covers highways through Matamata Piako, Hauraki and Coromandel. Higgins will start the contract on November …

BAM wins €14.5 m road infrastructure contract for Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone in Dubai

BAM wins €14.5 m road infrastructure contract for Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone in Dubai BAM International BV, the operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, active outside Europe – has been awarded a design and construct contract to build road infrastructure worth €14.5 million for global trade enabler DP World at their flagship …

Drivers warned to look out for Deer crossing roads at dawn and dusk this autumn

Drivers warned to look out for Deer crossing roads at dawn and dusk this autumn For the second year running, Highways England and DeerAware – The Deer Initiative have joined forces to warn motorists about the heightened risk of deer-vehicle collisions during the autumn. Across the UK it is estimated that there could be up …

£61.4m roads package to keep drivers moving in the East of England

£61.4m roads package to keep drivers moving in the East of England A co-ordinated £61.4m package of essential maintenance and improvement work is underway on motorways and major A-roads across the East of England. The work – the bulk of which starts this month – includes resurfacing, safety barrier and lighting upgrades, drainage maintenance and …

Smart and responsive Pedestrian Crossing unveiled in London 

Smart and responsive Pedestrian Crossing unveiled in London The world’s first responsive road crossing is being showcased in London as a prototype solution, aimed at tackling the 7,000+ incidents recorded each year at UK crossings between vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Urban design technologists Umbrellium created the crossing for insurer Direct Line, in response to research …

MIT puts cement under microscope to make stronger and more sustainable concrete

MIT puts cement under microscope to make stronger and more sustainable concrete Cement materials, including cement paste, mortar, and concrete, are the most widely manufactured materials in the world. Their carbon footprint is similarly hefty: The processes involved in making cement contribute almost 6 percent of global carbon emissions. The demand for these materials is unlikely …

US Corps of Engineers prove effectiveness of Tensar TriAx geogrid

US Corps of Engineers prove effectiveness of Tensar TriAx geogrid The latest research by the US Corps of Engineers has demonstrated aggregate layers stabilised with Tensar TriAx geogrid deliver significant performance benefits to flexible road pavements, reducing surface rutting by up to 44%. Researchers confirmed that “incorporation of a multi-axial geogrid in a flexible pavement …

ADB provides US$900 Million financing to upgrade Sri Lanka’s rural road network

ADB provides US$900 Million financing to upgrade Sri Lanka’s rural road network The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved financing of up to US$900 million for a program that will upgrade the Sri Lanka road network to connect vast rural populations to jobs and services. “Improving Sri Lanka’s poor rural transport infrastructure …

New Zealand opens consultation on 110 km/h speed limit proposal

New Zealand opens consultation on 110 km/h speed limit proposal The NZ Transport Agency is inviting people to have their say on a proposal to introduce 110 km/h speed limits on the tolled section of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road (SH2) and on the Cambridge section of the Waikato Expressway (SH1). Over the coming …

Highways England Strategic Design Panel vision and progress report published

Highways England Strategic Design Panel vision and progress report published The first report of a panel set up to put good design at the heart of England’s road improvement projects is published today. Among the recommendations of the multi-partner panel is the need for a Good Design Guide and design being central to a review …

Giant funnel bins to tackle North West England’s motorway litter problem

Giant funnel bins to tackle North West England’s motorway litter problem New giant funnel bins are being installed at motorway service areas across the North West in a bid to reduce the amount of litter dropped on the region’s roads. Highways England is providing the bins as part of a North West initiative to tackle …

Pre-construction planning software helps build Winery Visitor Centre

Pre-construction planning software helps build Winery Visitor Centre In the world of fine wine there was a time long ago when those with sophisticated palettes would harrumph and turn up their nose at the thought of sipping an American-produced wine. It was harshly referred to as drinking swill. It was thought that the climate, growing …

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed witnesses first Autonomous Air Taxi test flight in Dubai

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed witnesses first Autonomous Air Taxi test flight in Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the maiden concept flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), a vehicle that will be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service set to be introduced …

Safety work begins on busy Waikato Highway in New Zealand

Safety work begins on busy Waikato Highway in New Zealand Work is about to begin to make State Highway 3, from SH37 to Te Kuiti, safer for everyone who uses it. Almost $6m will be spent adding side barriers to high risk locations, and improving some intersections. Rumble strips will also be added to the …

Major A21 upgrade in UK completed

Major A21 upgrade in UK completed 35,000 drivers a day are benefiting from a major upgrade on the A21 connecting Hastings and London, between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent, which was officially opened today. The upgrade to the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury has built a new dual carriageway, to speed up journeys, improve safety, …

Fort Portal-Kamwenge Road in Uganda commissioned

Fort Portal-Kamwenge Road in Uganda commissioned President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda has commissioned the 66km Fort Portal-Kamwenge road. This road runs from Kamwenge District to Fort Portal town in Kabarole District. The contractor was the China Railway Seventh Group, and the project cost was US$ 33.3 million, which was financed by the World Bank …

Signalling the way forward for traffic controls

Signalling the way forward for traffic controls The JCT Symposium always signals the start of the next round of events for Clearview Intelligence. JCT takes place at the University of Warwick every September and offers a unique opportunity for traffic signal engineers to exchange knowledge, experience and good practice. This year, the multi-award winning intelligent …

Major boost for south-west England as plans published for £1.6 billion A303 Stonehenge upgrade

Major boost for south-west England as plans published for £1.6 billion A303 Stonehenge upgrade The route for the £1.6 billion A303 upgrade near Stonehenge, a key part of the ‘South West expressway’, has been published by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Linking the M3 in the south-east and the M5 in the south-west, the ‘expressway’ will …

Making New Zealand’s Coromandel Loop safer for riders

Making New Zealand’s Coromandel Loop safer for riders Construction has begun on a $2.5 million project to install a range of bike safety treatments aimed at keeping motorcyclists safer on the Northern Coromandel Loop. Safer Rides, the multi-agency project, builds on a pilot undertaken in 2014 on the Southern section of the loop. NZ Transport …

Zambia to get US$1.2bn highway from China

Zambia to get US$1.2bn highway from China Work has commenced on construction of a strategic road project that connects the southern and central parts of the country to the mining towns in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. The contractor is China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC), and the cost of the …

Accidental discovery creates solid Bitumen Balls

Accidental discovery creates solid Bitumen Balls Ian Gates describes each pebble of bitumen as resembling a liquid-filled headache capsule and, for Alberta, Canada, struggling to build pipelines, this tiny package could spell pain relief indeed. Freshly patented and weeks away from pilot-scale production, the professor’s revolutionary heavy oil and bitumen pellets may finally provide a …

Dynamic speed bumps crossing the ocean from Sweden to Australia

Dynamic speed bumps crossing the ocean from Sweden to Australia The tech company Edeva from Sweden has developed a dynamic speed bump, called the Actibump, that has proven its efficiency through years of use in Sweden. The Actibump product has turned some heads in the international traffic safety business and will now be exported to …

Technology improves efficiency for Canadian Contractor to help meet a tight deadline

Technology improves efficiency for Canadian Contractor to help meet a tight deadline It appears that when S. Dilawri Automotive Group does something big… it is really big. Dilawri is Canada’s largest group of auto dealers with franchised dealerships representing 30 automotive brands throughout Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. With more than 3,500 employees, …

Australian construction signs to include Chinese

Australian construction signs to include Chinese New multilingual signs are being rolled out along the Great Ocean Road to help international tourists safely navigate one of Victoria’s most popular tourist routes. In an Australian-first, trucks undertaking road works on the Great Ocean Road are now displaying messages in Mandarin and English, to alert international drivers …

Recycling 100 miles of highway in San José, day and night with Wirtgen

Recycling 100 miles of highway in San José, day and night with Wirtgen In San José, USA, in-situ cold recycling with a Wirtgen 3800 CR recycler proves to be the most economical solution. Time is money, especially in road construction. When it comes to cost efficiency, being able to put all equipment to maximum use …

Alaskan contractor Valley General benefits from technology for quick and quality work

Alaskan contractor Valley General benefits from technology for quick and quality work For most people the acronym, JSCCR, is a definite puzzler. What it stands for is Juniper, Spruce, Cranberry, Cottonwood, and Rose, which are the names of the roads in a heavily-wooded residential subdivision located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in southern Alaska, not far …

Pavement optimisation helps support entrepreneurs in County Durham

Pavement optimisation helps support entrepreneurs in County Durham A flexible and reactive approach to optimising pavement design has delivered cost savings on the expansion of a science and technology park in County Durham. Durham County Council’s £5.1m NETPark Phase 3A Infrastructure project will see construction of a new spine road and side roads which will …

Overcoming barriers to highways innovation

Overcoming barriers to highways innovation Removing barriers to adopting innovation and ensuring standards keep pace with technical developments is vital if we are to meet future infrastructure needs, says Tensar Highways Technical Manager Craig Andrews. More than £460bn is set to be spent on the UK’s infrastructure between 2010 and 2020, much of that on …

Plans to improve busy junction on the M2 in England unveiled today

Plans to improve busy junction on the M2 in England unveiled today Proposed major improvements to make journeys safer and more reliable for drivers using junction 5 on the M2 have been unveiled by Highways England today (Wednesday 6 September). The M2 is a key route which links London with Rochester and Faversham and the …

Stress absorbing membrane delivers a stronger, safer and more reliable motorway

Stress absorbing membrane delivers a stronger, safer and more reliable motorway A Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer has delivered stronger, safer and more reliable running lanes for the M3 smart motorway project in Surrey. More than 130,000 vehicles use the M3 between Junctions 2 (Thorpe and the M25) and 4a (Farnborough) every day. As part of …

CPB Contractors wins Pacific Highway upgrade works in Australia

CPB Contractors wins Pacific Highway upgrade works in Australia CPB Contractors has been selected by Roads and Maritime Services to deliver main civil work for the Devils Pulpit to Richmond River section of the Woolgoolga and Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade in northern New South Wales. The construct-only contract will generate revenue to CPB Contractors of …

Louis Berger selected as design consultant for interstate road modernization in India

Louis Berger selected as design consultant for interstate road modernization in India The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has selected Louis Berger to provide consultancy services for the preparation of detailed designs to upgrade roads (approximately 820 kilometres in total length) for two major road packages in Southern India under the Bharatmala – Pariyojna …

£300m road projects to improve journeys in Merseyside and Cheshire UK

£300m road projects to improve journeys in Merseyside and Cheshire UK Two major new road schemes worth more than £300 million are set to cut congestion and improve journey times for hundreds of thousands of drivers in Merseyside and Cheshire. Highways England has set out its preferred options for upgrading the key route to the …

UK gives truck platooning trials the green light

UK gives truck platooning trials the green light The UK’s first Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) ‘platooning’ trial, jointly funded by Highways England and the Department for Transport, has been approved. Overseen by Highways England, TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) will carry out the trials, which will see how lorries can accelerate, brake and steer …

Connected cities need connected car parks

Connected cities need connected car parks A ‘connected city’, also known as a ‘smart city’, relies on an intelligent infrastructure which utilises the wealth of innovation and technologies created by Internet of Things (IoT) and applies them to urban needs. There is a plethora of new and emerging devices and equipment that can sense the …

President Trump works to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure

President Trump works to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure The old system for completing environmental reviews in the US was fragmented, inefficient, and unpredictable leading to a call to modernise an outdated system. U.S. President Donald J. Trump, said: “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful …

Colas and partners launch first autonomous road safety vehicle

Colas and partners launch first autonomous road safety vehicle Colas in partnership with US companies Royal Truck and Equipment (RT&E) and Micro Systems Inc. (MSI) have developed the world’s first Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) for use on the World’s highways to protect the lives of road workers.  Today’s launch sees the AIPV being used live …

£7 m flood resilience works announced for A66 Cumbrian tourist route

£7 m flood resilience works announced for A66 Cumbrian tourist route A £7 million project designed to keep drivers safely and smoothly on the move along the A66 at Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria was completed this week. In a boost for commercial drivers, tourists, commuters and other local drivers, Highways England has delivered a series …

Siemens builds eHighway for hybrid trucks in Germany

Siemens builds eHighway for hybrid trucks in Germany Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a ten-kilometer stretch of autobahn. The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck. Siemens originally presented its innovative “eHighway” concept in 2012. …

Highways England supports training exercise in Birmingham

Highways England supports training exercise in Birmingham Highways England joined together with the emergency services including West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Ambulance service for a special training exercise in Birmingham. The event took place on Friday night on a closed section of the A38(M) in Birmingham for a ‘real-time’ incident involving a HGV, …

£45.5m road improvements in England set to create 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs

£45.5m road improvements in England set to create 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs Multi-million pound road improvement schemes announced today by Highways England are set to help unlock the development of more than 6,000 jobs and nearly 10,000 homes. The improvements, worth a total of £45.5 million, will create growth opportunities in Leicestershire and the …

£282m investment for M42 junction 6 near Birmingham, England

£282m investment for M42 junction 6 near Birmingham, England Highways England is announcing its preferred route for a major £282m improvement scheme to improve the M42 junction 6 near Solihull ­– which has the backing of local residents, businesses and road users. Following a seven week consultation on three options which ended in January, Highways …

Look No Wires – Using wireless vehicle detection to reduce congestion

Look No Wires – Using wireless vehicle detection to reduce congestion Traffic flows better and congestion is reduced when signalised junctions use adaptive traffic control (ATC) systems such as SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique) and MOVA (Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation). As a traffic engineer you will be well aware of the benefits of adaptive …

Cheshire’s new smart motorway safety barrier nears completion

Cheshire’s new smart motorway safety barrier nears completion Last 4-tonne concrete blocks lifted into place on M6 A new 20-mile-long concrete safety barrier on the M6 in Cheshire is nearing completion as part of a £274 million project to upgrade the route to a smart motorway. The Highways England scheme between junction 16 at Crewe …

Streets could literally be paved with cigarette butts

Streets could literally be paved with cigarette butts Soon the footpath you walk on could be full of cigarette butts, instead of being littered with them. Trillions of cigarette butts are produced every year worldwide, with most discarded into the environment. They take ages to break down while their toxic chemical load is released into …

‘First of its kind’ speed awareness solution installed across six locations on the A75 in Scotland

‘First of its kind’ speed awareness solution installed across six locations on the A75 in Scotland The A75 Gretna Green to Stranraer road is the main route through Scotland to the ferry port servicing Northern Ireland. Consequently, traffic volumes tend to increase when a ferry is scheduled to arrive or depart. With over 1.5 million …

CPB Contractors wins A$215 million Queensland ring road project

CPB Contractors wins A$215 million Queensland ring road project CPB Contractors has been selected by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to deliver Stage 1 of the $497.3 million Mackay Ring Road project in Queensland. The construct only contract will generate revenue to CPB Contractors of approximately $215 million. CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer …

IsDB opens tenders for reconstruction of the Atyrau to Russian border (Astrakhan) Road Project in Kazakhstan

IsDB opens tenders for reconstruction of the Atyrau to Russian border (Astrakhan) Road Project in Kazakhstan The Islamic Development Bank has announced invitation for prequalification following the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared earlier in website of the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the website of Islamic Development …

Highways England reveals 15 more upgrades to start or open by spring 2018

Highways England reveals 15 more upgrades to start or open by spring 2018 Seven major schemes completed in the past year Eight major schemes due to be completed in the next 12 months Seven schemes to be underway by spring 2018 Further plans include £220m Congestion Relief Programme to improve roundabouts, junctions and slip roads …

Volvo CE announces 2017-2018 Road Institute® courses

Volvo CE announces 2017-2018 Road Institute® courses Entering its 52nd season, the paving industry’s premier training program offers a mix of classroom and hands-on training on a variety of operations and maintenance topics benefiting newcomers and industry veterans alike. Road Institute will offer training sessions, ranging from two to five days, beginning in late October …

England’s M3 £174m upgrade opens to traffic

England’s M3 £174m upgrade opens to traffic The M3 in Surrey and Hampshire has become the latest road in the UK to be upgraded to a smart motorway, Highways England announced today (Tuesday 1 August). Cutting-edge technology installed on a 13.4 mile section of the motorway between the M25 and Farnborough sets the speed limit …

Special PPE required during hydro-demolition at Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction

Special PPE required during hydro-demolition at Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction Flying debris that travels faster than a bullet is just one of the hazards facing Highways England repair teams working on Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction. As part of the £4.7m vital repairs to damaged concrete and waterproofing, Highways England is using high-performance jet washers that break up parts …

Australia building Koala exclusion fences on the Pacific Highway

Australia building Koala exclusion fences on the Pacific Highway The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the Aus $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Roads and Maritime Services Pacific Highway Office and Pacific Complete are working together to deliver the project. As part of the project, they are building permanent koala exclusion …

Asphalt preservatives dramatically extend the lifespan of highways

Asphalt preservatives dramatically extend the lifespan of highways The highways industry is faced with a unique challenge – The ‘Road’, with its depreciating finite life, cannot economically be renewed in line with traditional life cycle activities. There are 31,000 potholes awaiting repair in the UK that is estimated could take 11 years to clear, while …

Australia is going Electric with The Queensland Electric Super Highway

Australia is going Electric with The Queensland Electric Super Highway The future of motoring in Queensland has been launched at Parliament House in Brisbane – and it is electric. Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles officially kick-started the EV revolution in the State with the launch of the Queensland Electric Super Highway …

Australia upgrades the Warrego Highway in Queensland

Australia upgrades the Warrego Highway in Queensland Queensland motorists are a step closer to being safer after a joint venture between FKG Group and McIlwain Civil was awarded the contract to upgrade the Warrego Highway through Dalby. The upgrade will focus on improving conditions for motorists and pedestrians by creating better connectivity and providing extra …

McCann demonstrates top quality drainage works in Yorkshire, England

McCann demonstrates top quality drainage works in Yorkshire, England Nottingham-based Civil and Electrical Engineering firm, McCann, has successfully completed essential drainage maintenance work on the A64 at the Brambling Fields junction, North Yorkshire. The scheme, in conjunction with Highways England’s term contractor A-one+, was delivered by McCann, acting as the Principal Contractor, in a 7-week …

Targeting night-time road safety will reduce fatal accidents

Targeting night-time road safety will reduce fatal accidents The 11th road safety performance index report was released last month. This report monitors progress on the European Union’s commitment to reduce road deaths by 50% between 2010 and 2020, and ranks all EU countries according to the percentage change in road deaths as they work towards …

The Nucleus to help Handiss build a better world with engineers and architects

The Nucleus to help Handiss build a better world with engineers and architects Tech-driven startup, building bridges between clients with construction projects and the engineers and architects needed to deliver them, plans to go global with boost from powerful venture building program. A new startup called Handiss has launched an online platform that streamlines how …

BGC Contracting Pty Ltd wins major A$4.3 billion contract for the Australia NSW Pacific Highway

BGC Contracting Pty Ltd wins major A$4.3 billion contract for the Australia NSW Pacific Highway Leading Australian mining and construction firm BGC Contracting Pty Ltd has continued its expansion into NSW by winning a contract to deliver the main civil construction work for a section of the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade …

China opens 2,768 km Silk Road highway from Beijing to Mongolia

China opens 2,768 km Silk Road highway from Beijing to Mongolia A new highway between Beijing and Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is now officially open traffic. The 2,768 km Jingxin Expressway G7 links six provinces and regions – Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Gansu, and Xinjiang, and shortens the existing route …

Providing local parking can be a juggling act

Providing local parking can be a juggling act There is a juggling act that Local Authorities face when providing parking facilities. They are having to face up to a no-win situation. If they please their residents by reserving parking spaces they will risk upsetting visitors. If they provide visitors with plenty of parking to their …

£1.1 million junction improvements to benefit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians

£1.1 million junction improvements to benefit drivers, cyclists and pedestrians Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are set to benefit from a £1.1 million scheme to improve safety at a busy junction near Ellesmere Port. The Highways England project at Two Mills, where the A550 meets the A540, is due to start on Monday 17 July. A …

M3 Motorway in England gets first ‘Orange’ Smart Motorway Emergency Area

M3 Motorway in England gets first ‘Orange’ Smart Motorway Emergency Area The first of a new-style smart motorway emergency area, where drivers can stop in an emergency, is being trialled on the M3 in Surrey. The redesigned emergency area has a highly visible orange road surface and better signs to help improve its visibility make …

BPMS produce pink Avant wheel-loader to support Make a Wish Foundation and Macmillan Cancer

BPMS produce pink Avant wheel-loader to support Make a Wish Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Hampshire based plant and machinery dealers BPMS Ltd. have produced the world’s first pink Avant 635 compact wheeled loader, which will be the focal point of a fund raising charity campaign for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support. The stunning …

Colombia signs €640m concession contract for Cúcuta to Pamplona Highway

Colombia signs €640m concession contract for Cúcuta to Pamplona Highway Sacyr Concesiones will invest 2 billion Colombian pesos (around €640 million) in renovating the 67-kilometer road and completing the dual carriageway corridor. The National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) of Colombia has signed the concession agreement for the Cúcuta-Pamplona Fourth Generation Highway with Sacyr Concesiones. The highway …

New A5 to M1 link road in UK opens up opportunities for thousands of new homes and jobs

New A5 to M1 link road in UK opens up opportunities for thousands of new homes and jobs A new road which links the A5 with the M1 via a new motorway junction in Bedfordshire has been welcomed at its official opening on 13 July 2017. The A5-M1 link road has created a new northern …

Searching for a parking space costs the UK £23.3 billion per year

Searching for a parking space costs the UK £23.3 billion per year UK drivers spend an average of 44 hours a year searching for parking, at a cost of £733 each in wasted time, fuel and emissions, a total of £23.3 billion across the country Overpaying for parking costs British motorists up to an estimated …

Summer’s coming! Keep the holiday traffic flowing smoothly with Clearview

Summer’s coming! Keep the holiday traffic flowing smoothly with Clearview The summer holiday season is almost upon us and with it the inevitable increase in traffic on the roads. Clearview Intelligence has the solutions to keep the traffic moving, minimise congestion, and driver frustration. Have the right data at your fingertips to make informed decisions …

S.M.E. Businesses are Driving Record Employment Levels in Britain

S.M.E. Businesses are Driving Record Employment Levels in Britain Film and TV production, machinery repair and food vans all booming SMEs account for over 70% of private sector employment growth since 2011 SME debt falls £34 billion in five years SME growth highest in Manchester (50%), London (41%) and Leicester (36%) The Apprentice winner Tim …

JCB’s Louise crowned Apprentice of the Year

JCB’s Louise crowned Apprentice of the Year Teenager Louise Meredith is the toast of JCB after she was named Young Employee / Apprentice of the Year at a regional business awards. Higher Apprentice Louise, 19, who works at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester scooped the title at the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Business Awards held …

Marshalls relies on VolvoCE to pave the way for monumental work

Marshalls relies on VolvoCE to pave the way for monumental work With prestigious projects such as London’s Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium in its portfolio, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer is using Volvo equipment to help carve its niche. Looking out from atop the stone steps of London’s National Gallery, one can appreciate architecture …

First of its kind Machine Simulator Training at Hinkley Point C

First of its kind Machine Simulator Training at Hinkley Point C UK Plant Operators LTD have teamed up with Leica Geosystems and Kier Bam to test run a state of the art simulator based familiarisation course for Leica machine control and guidance at one of the largest construction projects in the UK. Hinkley Point C …

Building instructor wins John Deere 333G compact track loader in Small Machines. Big Impact. contest

Building instructor wins John Deere 333G compact track loader in Small Machines. Big Impact. contest After all the online votes were counted, Eric Moores, a high school building trades instructor in Woodbine, Iowa, was crowned the grand prize winner of the inaugural John Deere “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest last night at the 2017 John …

SafeZone permanent average Speed Enforcement System deployed across London

SafeZone permanent average Speed Enforcement System deployed across London Siemens, a global leader in traffic management technology, has recently completed the deployment of the UK’s largest, and busiest, permanent average speed enforcement system across London using its proven and award-winning SafeZone technology. Under contract to Transport for London (TfL), the system operates with more than …

Relentless collaboration delivers Balfour Beatty’s Strategic Design Consultant Partnership

Relentless collaboration delivers Balfour Beatty’s Strategic Design Consultant Partnership Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the formation of a collaborative UK Strategic Design Consultant Partnership with Atkins, Mott MacDonald and WSP. This mutually beneficial partnership will foster a new level of openness, collaboration and innovation never before seen within the construction industry. The …

JCB Loadalls under Starter’s Orders for British Grand Prix role at Silverstone

JCB Loadalls under Starter’s Orders for British Grand Prix role at Silverstone A fleet of JCB machines is under starter’s orders to take on a starring role at the British Grand Prix. Fourteen JCB Loadall telescopic handlers left the JCB World HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire, this morning on trucks bound for Silverstone in Northampton ahead …

INRIX and APCOA partner to provide the most comprehensive parking data in Europe

INRIX and APCOA partner to provide the most comprehensive parking data in Europe INRIX the world leader in connected car services and movement analytics, and APCOA Parking Group, the largest European parking operator, today announced a major new partnership to exchange parking information. This new deal strengthens INRIX’s parking offering and means its customers, who …

Germany’s Emperor William I Monument restored by Kögel Bau and Volvo CE

Germany’s Emperor William I Monument restored by Kögel Bau and Volvo CE Digging deep beneath one of Germany’s most prominent monuments is Volvo CE-equipped construction company, Kögel Bau, employing a fleet of machines to breathe life back into the landmark. Atop the Wittekindsberg mountain in Germany, at a height of about 210 meters (690 ft) stands …

INRIX powers the first on-street parking service in a connected car

INRIX powers the first on-street parking service in a connected car INRIX, the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics has announced the availability of its On-Street Parking service for the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. INRIX delivers the industry’s first real-time on-street parking service in a connected car, which uses historical and …

BAM Nuttall helps to shape the future of women’s construction clothing

BAM Nuttall helps to shape the future of women’s construction clothing Leading construction and engineering company BAM Nuttall is rolling out a range of work clothing nationwide, specifically designed for women, following trials on a number of its sites in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Scotland. Working with manufacturer Arco, the UK’s premier supplier of safety …

Balfour Beatty welcomes Her Majesty The Queen to the Queen Elizabeth II Canal

Balfour Beatty welcomes Her Majesty The Queen to the Queen Elizabeth II Canal Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, alongside Scottish Canals, welcomed Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the site of its completed Helix Canal project in Grangemouth, Scotland. Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness …

Parsons joins MIT Industrial Liaison Program

Parsons joins MIT Industrial Liaison Program Parsons announces that it has joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), a program dedicated to creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationships between MIT and corporations worldwide. Parsons and MIT held an ILP kickoff meeting in Cambridge, MA, on June 26, 2017. By participating in …

World Bank tells Romania it must act decisively to improve road safety

World Bank tells Romania it must act decisively to improve road safety The World Bank, in partnership with the European Transport Safety Council, the Romanian Ministry of Transport and the National Road Authority (Autoritatea Rutieră Română) co-hosted the Road Safety in Romania – Challenges and Opportunities conference today. The event brought together key international and …

Good signs of progress for Dover traffic flow

Good signs of progress for Dover traffic flow Work to improve journeys for drivers on the A20 approaching the Port of Dover is making good progress, Highways England said today (4 July 2017). The update came at Highways England’s Stanford motorway depot, where the government owned company unveiled one of 29 new electronic signs that …

Volvo haulers keep on running at Jakto Excavations

Volvo haulers keep on running at Jakto Excavations Barnsley based Jakto Excavations has taken delivery of a further three Volvo A25G articulated haulers, increasing the company’s mixed fleet of A25s and A30s to seventeen machines “We need reliable machines for our earthmoving, remedial and demolition contracts and in our long experience of owning and operating …

Scotland’s M8 closure journey times monitored by Clearview Intelligence

Scotland’s M8 closure journey times monitored by Clearview Intelligence As part of a significant upgrade to the Scottish motorway network Transport Scotland put in place a 10-week diversion on all M8/A8 approaches to the Baillieston interchange while they connected the newly built M8 motorway section with the existing network. Throughout the period of the necessary …

Highways England A14 Cambridge to Huntington upgrade takes shape

Highways England A14 Cambridge to Huntington upgrade takes shape Six months in, new aerial pictures show first glimpse of brand new road emerging New bridges taking shape Working in harmony with communities and the environment The project team delivering the biggest road upgrade under construction in the UK have been sharing an update about ongoing …

UK Government publishes £6.1 billion programme of upgrades to major roads and motorways

UK Government publishes £6.1 billion programme of upgrades to major roads and motorways £6.1 billion programme of road improvements announced as part of the government’s £23 billion upgrade to the road network in England. Transport Minister Jesse Norman has unveiled a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements as part of the government’s £23 billion upgrade to …

New way of working for Highways England goes live in south west

New way of working for Highways England goes live in south west Highways England has changed the way in which it delivers its services across the south west region from today bringing key asset management capability in-house for the first time in a brand new way of working. This change in approach for Highways England …

Highways England opens new fourth lane on M3 smart motorway

Highways England opens new fourth lane on M3 smart motorway Main construction on a £174 million project to upgrade the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire to a smart motorway has been completed on time Highways England announced today (Saturday 1 July). Overnight on Friday 30 June, the last of the cones were removed and a …

Highways England announces £50 million investment in M6 Knutsford roundabout

Highways England announces £50 million investment in M6 Knutsford roundabout Highways England is planning a major, £50 million improvement of the roundabout at junction 19 of the M6 motorway near Knutsford – with the backing of drivers. The ‘Option A’ idea, to provide a new bridge across the middle of the roundabout where the motorway …

Improving safety at junctions can save lives

Improving safety at junctions can save lives 1,810 people died on the UK’s roads in the year ending September 2016 according to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) provisional estimates. That’s a 2.4% increase from the previous year (1,767).  In total, 25,160 people were killed or seriously injured over this period. While the reported road casualties …

Waltham Cross junction of the M25 Motorway in the UK gets upgrade

Waltham Cross junction of the M25 Motorway in the UK gets upgrade A proposed multi-million pound upgrade to a busy M25 junction in Hertfordshire has won support in a public consultation, Highways England has announced. Under the plans, junction 25 of the M25, where the motorway meets that A10 in Hertfordshire, will have extra lanes …

Three decades of experience makes HAMM the world leader in oscillation compaction

Three decades of experience makes HAMM the world leader in oscillation compaction Over 30 years ago, HAMM became the first roller manufacturer to offer an oscillation drum for tandem rollers, and these rollers have become an integral part of its product offering. In the past five years alone, the specialists for compaction technology have delivered …

New Rapidmix opens up a world of project opportunities for Andale Construction.

New Rapidmix opens up a world of project opportunities for Andale Construction. In conjunction with its US sales partner, Rapid International USA, Inc, Rapid has recently supplied a Rapidmix 400CW mobile continuous concrete mixing plant to Andale Construction of Wichita, Kansas, USA. The Rapidmix 400CW has just completed the North Gate Improvement project, at the …

Volvo CE delivers productivity for family owned quarry in Saudi Arabia

Volvo CE delivers productivity for family owned quarry in Saudi Arabia Family-owned company Saudi Dolomite is using Volvo Construction Equipment machines to increase productivity at its processing plant in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. The only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast, Saudi Arabia is the second-largest state in the Arab …

Berger Grundbautechnik relies on two SENNEBOGEN cranes to dig diaphragm walls on German Motorway project

Berger Grundbautechnik relies on two SENNEBOGEN cranes to dig diaphragm walls on German Motorway project Berger Grundbautechnik GmbH is using two SENNEBOGEN duty cycle cranes simultaneously in Berlin. Within the framework of the preparatory works for the planned BAB 100 motorway, a SENNEBOGEN 690 HD and 6130 HD duty cycle crane are digging diaphragm walls …

KZN dairy farm in KwaZulu reaps the rewards of a Kubota tractor

KZN dairy farm in KwaZulu reaps the rewards of a Kubota tractor A dairy farmer in KwaZulu-Natal has invested in two Kubota tractors to improve on operational productivity. He is of the mind that returns on such an investment – of which he has already reaped many – should be viewed across the lifespan of …

Cat excavator makes appearance in new movie – Transformers: The Last Knight

Cat excavator makes appearance in new movie – Transformers: The Last Knight A Cat excavator is next in line to carry on the tradition of Cat equipment appearing on the big screen when it joins the team of hero robots in the highly anticipated film “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT,” directed by Michael Bay opening in …

A musical road in Hungary will reward safe drivers with rock music!

A musical road in Hungary will reward safe drivers with rock music! The European-based construction group STRABAG has been awarded the contract to build and widen the R 67 expressway in Hungary. The € 212 million project is being carried out by a consortium in which STRABAG holds 53.2 %. Of the 33 km of …

Asia faces challenges attracting infrastructure investment and public–private partnerships

Asia faces challenges attracting infrastructure investment and public–private partnerships Viet Nam is one of several countries in developing Asia making strides on public–private partnerships (PPP). Asia just doesn’t seem to have enough money to pay its infrastructure bills. And as demand for infrastructure development soars, governments are looking to the private sector for funding, but are …

JCB breaks new ground with the JCB Pilingmaster ground engineering solution

JCB breaks new ground with the JCB Pilingmaster ground engineering solution JCB is creating a new sector in the ground engineering market with the development of an innovative piling solution delivering cost savings for customers. With an operating weight of less than 12 tonnes, the JCB Pilingmaster establishes a new market between pedestrian mini piling …

The steep climbs of the Swiss Alps are no match for Vögele’s Super 1803-3i wheeled paver

The steep climbs of the Swiss Alps are no match for Vögele’s Super 1803-3i wheeled paver On geographically tough terrain such as in the Swiss Alps, asphalt paving is a challenge in itself. Extreme slopes, narrow roads and steep precipices place demands on the paving team and the machine technology alike. In the mountain village …

The new Construction Simulator Deluxe edition for PC and Mac is out now!

The new Construction Simulator Deluxe edition for PC and Mac is out now! Astragon Entertainment and the weltenbauer developer team are going all out to delight construction simulation fans with the release of the Construction Simulator Deluxe Edition as well as the Construction Simulator 2015: Liebherr A 918 DLC. Simulation fans who do not yet …

The Wirtgen Group announce Deere acquisition is going ahead

The Wirtgen Group announce Deere acquisition is going ahead The Wirtgen Group announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Deere & Company to have Deere acquire the Wirtgen Group, a privately-held international company headquartered in Windhagen, Germany. Wirtgen is the leading manufacturer worldwide in the road construction industry. Stefan Wirtgen, managing partner at …

Do we still need to get our road maintenance ducks in a row?

Do we still need to get our road maintenance ducks in a row? Traditionally now is the time of the year when new Local Authority budgets have kicked in, the weather is good and road repairs and improvements can get underway. It’s always a bit of pain being stuck in roadwork traffic, but the need …

Metso invests €1 million to enhance their Lokotrack mobile crushing plant factories in Tampere

Metso invests €1 million to enhance their Lokotrack mobile crushing plant factories in Tampere The capacity of Metso’s Tampere factories in Finland will be increased and occupational safety improved with the new production line for Lokotrack mobile crushing plants. The investment of approximately one million euros will significantly shorten the delivery times of equipment models …

Copart UK expands its JCB wheeled loader fleet to seventy

Copart UK expands its JCB wheeled loader fleet to seventy A COMPANY which runs one of the biggest fleets of JCB wheeled loaders in the world is increasing its size further with the addition of six newly-launched 417 models. Online salvage and non-salvage vehicle auction company Copart UK Ltd already has 64 JCB wheeled loaders …

INRIX selected by US Federal Highway Administration for National Traffic Data

INRIX selected by US Federal Highway Administration for National Traffic Data INRIX, Inc., the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, today announced that its traffic data will be used by the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and state and regional agencies to assess travel reliability, congestion and emissions. FHWA’s National Performance …

Parsons awarded interchange projects in North Carolina, USA

Parsons awarded interchange projects in North Carolina, USA Parsons is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to perform design services under a planning and design limited services contract for the I-26/US 74/NC 108 interchange improvements in Polk County, NC. The project will provide ramp connections …

SENNEBOGEN expands into rental market with launch of SENNEBOGEN Vertriebs GmbH & Co KG

SENNEBOGEN expands into rental market with launch of SENNEBOGEN Vertriebs GmbH & Co KG SENNEBOGEN Rental & Used offers its customers an interesting portfolio of material handlers and cranes with its extensive rental park and attractive range of used machines. The company thus supports customers and distributors by providing machines at short notice for bridging …

USA milling contractor Costello Industries relies on Wirtgen recyclers

USA milling contractor Costello Industries relies on Wirtgen recyclers Costello Industries has been rehabilitating highways, streets and bridges since 1945. “The focus of our work is on safety, quality and productivity,” says Todd Nedzweckas, Operations Manager at Costello. “We specialize in milling work and offer additional services, such as road, highway and bridge repair and …

Site dumper safety tackled as JCB reveals new production plans

Site dumper safety tackled as JCB reveals new production plans JCB is set to bring new levels of innovation and safety to the site dumper market with the unveiling of a new concept seven tonne Hi-Viz model as the company announces plans to manufacture its own range of the popular product. The new Hi-Viz concept …

Calming the bumpy road to speed compliance

Calming the bumpy road to speed compliance Speed bumps have long been the default solution for local authorities wishing to facilitate a reduction in speeding vehicles on certain sections of road, particularly in built-up areas. However, research by the Imperial College London has found that the level of harmful emissions from diesel cars increases significantly …

Spain receives €217m loan from EIB for growth, transport and employment in the Junta de Andalucía region

Spain receives €217m loan from EIB for growth, transport and employment in the Junta de Andalucía region The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted the Junta de Andalucía a EUR 217 million loan for financing investment in different sectors of Andalusia’s economy with the aim of boosting growth and job creation by means of the EU …

Timor-Leste: A safer highway means a better cup of coffee

Timor-Leste: A safer highway means a better cup of coffee Coffee is a central part of Timor-Leste’s economy and culture. Yet Timor-Leste’s coffee industry has been hampered by poor transport infrastructure. The 110 kilometre Dili to Ainaro road rehabilitation will improve the lives of coffee farmers and others living in rural areas of central Timor-Leste, …

20 million Africans benefit from transport and ICT projects financed by AfDB in 2016

20 million Africans benefit from transport and ICT projects financed by AfDB in 2016 Transport and information and communication technology (ICT) projects financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2016 would have a positive impact on the living conditions of close to 20 million Africans over the next few years. The AfDB made this …

HAMM celebrates more than 35 years of oscillation

HAMM celebrates more than 35 years of oscillation Part 1: Tried and tested solutions for asphalt and earthwork Over 35 years ago, HAMM became the first roller manufacturer to offer an oscillation drum for tandem rollers. In the meantime, this technology has become an integral part of the product programme. In the past five years …

Britain’s oldest digger driver gets a special birthday treat

Britain’s oldest digger driver gets a special birthday treat One of the UK’s oldest digger drivers is turning heads on building sites after his boss ordered him a brand new limited edition JCB to mark his 70th birthday. John Storey has been operating diggers for more than 45 years and despite reaching his milestone anniversary …

GSB-88 Gilsonite-based Emulsified Asphalt Seal Coat delivers 400% ROI

GSB-88 Gilsonite-based Emulsified Asphalt Seal Coat delivers 400% ROI GSB-88® Sealer/Binder Emulsion from Salt Lake City, Utah-based Asphalt Systems, Inc.® (ASI) is a gilsonite-based emulsified asphalt seal coating product that has demonstrated in numerous studies to not only add years of life to asphalt pavement, but also to provide up to 400% return on investment. …

Parsons’ I-80 SMART Corridor Project named operational efficiency project of the year

Parsons’ I-80 SMART Corridor Project named operational efficiency project of the year Parsons recently accepted the “Operational Efficiency Project of the Year” award from the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) for the I-80 SMART Corridor Project that uses Parsons’ Intelligent Transportation System technology to maximize safety and efficiency of one of the busiest transportation corridors in …

ProCon Partners on route for bumper year with a share of £2.4 billion Highways England contracts

ProCon Partners on route for bumper year with a share of £2.4 billion Highways England contracts ProCon Partners, the leading project controls consultancy, has won a series of projects with Highways England to ensure the smooth delivery of smart motorway installations across England. The five projects, which have a combined overall value of £2.4billion, will …

How to get your road users out of a jam by reducing congestion around roadworks

How to get your road users out of a jam by reducing congestion around roadworks Roadworks, tailbacks, traffic jams, delays… all words that we hate to hear when we are planning a getaway during the bank holiday weekend or school holidays. With the number of vehicles on the road continuing to rise, more traffic jams, …

John Deere announces plans to acquire the Wirtgen Group

John Deere announces plans to acquire the Wirtgen Group Deere have just announced plans to acquire the Wirtgen Group, the global leader in road construction equipment. A conference call for investors regarding the transaction is to be held at 10 AM ET on June 1, 2017. “The acquisition of the Wirtgen Group aligns with our …

University of Twente studies enhanced paving quality delivered by Vögele’s Asphalt PowerFeeder in South Africa

University of Twente studies enhanced paving quality delivered by Vögele’s Asphalt PowerFeeder in South Africa A job site in South Africa has demonstrated that the VÖGELE MT 3000-2 Offset PowerFeeder improves pavement quality. Proof comes from the University of Twente, Netherlands, which monitored the project from a scientific perspective – and their equipment included RoadScan, …

Why does Afghanistan need a transport master plan?

Why does Afghanistan need a transport master plan? Article by Peter C. Darjes, Consultant, Central and West Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Blog. Afghanistan recently launched a 20-year master plan to improve the country’s transport and logistics system. Following the withdrawal of international troops and a decline in foreign assistance, the master plan is a …