Highways

Council to make highway maintenance ‘fit for the future’

10/04/2019

North Yorkshire County Council is considering using a ‘Teckal’ company in order to improve its highway maintenance services.

Keeping road networks running

10/04/2019

Manish Jethwa explains how councils can use IoT technology to mitigate the impact of climate change on highways.

Double vision

09/04/2019

Oliver Scutts explains how new ‘3D’ road markings are helping to improve road safety on Westminster’s streets, as part of a project with Westminster City Council and WSP.

Report finds disparities in highways maintenance funding

26/03/2019

An increase in local authority highways maintenance budgets is helping to stem the decline in local roads, a new report has found.

Councils should do more to cut emissions outside of schools, charity says

25/03/2019

Sustainable transport campaigners have called on local authorities to close the streets outside of schools during the school run to cut dangerous emissions.

Council hits back at abandoned diggers left at roadworks

13/03/2019

Manchester City Council has hit out at the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ of workers who dumped diggers in the middle of traffic works over a dispute over alleged non-payment.

Lord warns 'deadly' street design is increasing vehicle speeds

20/02/2019

The average speed of vehicles using a shared space in London has increased by 5mph over the past six years, new figures have revealed.

Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill

19/02/2019

Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham after years of legal difficulties, according to reports.

Only a week left to enter Street Design Awards 

14/02/2019

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Solution to £8bn cost of congestion 'in city halls'

13/02/2019

Drivers in the UK lost an average of 178 hours a year due to congestion in 2018, costing £7.9bn, according to the latest data from INRIX.

Multi-million funding boost to prevent potholes

31/01/2019

The Government has announced a £23m funding boost to develop new technology that can stop potholes from forming.

The risk of pipe and cable strikes

29/01/2019

Richard Broome draws on data from the company’s recent Digging Up Britain report to highlight how common a problem asset strikes and looks at what local government should be doing to stop them from happening.

RAC reports drop in pothole-related breakdowns

29/01/2019

The last quarter of last year saw one of the lowest percentage shares of Winter pothole-related faults on record, according to the RAC.

Parking charges increase by £170m in five years

09/01/2019

Council chiefs defend themselves after research reveals local authorities have increased their revenue from parking charges by nearly £170m in five years, while simultaneously cutting road improvements.

New roads must prioritise pedestrians, health body says

04/01/2019

Local authorities should prioritise pedestrians and cyclists when planning new roads, a national health body says.

VolkerHighways to bring Bath up to date with £70m deal

18/12/2018

VolkerHighways has signed a new highway maintenance and improvements contract with Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Council worth up to £70m over 10 years.

Launch of the 2019 Street Design Awards

07/12/2018

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes across the UK, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Councils call for power to enforce yellow box junctions

22/11/2018

Motoring campaigners have warned of a massive rise in fines if more councils are given powers to use cameras to catch drivers who stop in yellow box areas at junctions.

Residents most unhappy about road maintenance services, poll reveals

21/11/2018

Local residents’ dissatisfaction with their local councils’ services is now at the highest level at any time over the last six years, according to the latest triannual satisfaction poll from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Capital's councils demand 'fair share' of new roads cash

13/11/2018

London’s boroughs have said they are not getting a fair share of road maintenance cash after they were awarded only £17m of the extra £420m for local authority roads announced during the budget.

ADEPT wants major change to 'broken' local roads funding

09/11/2018

Council directors have called for a systematic change to the ‘broken’ system of funding for local roads maintenance.

Budget 2018: Local roads get £420m maintenance boost

30/10/2018

The chancellor has announced an immediate £420m cash boost for local authority highway maintenance budgets with millions more for local transport projects.

Procurement problems

16/10/2018

The latest Highways/FiTZ INDEX survey has revealed deep concerns within the highways sector about the nature of procurement. Dominic Browne reports on the findings.

Potholes ‘wreak havoc’ with drivers

12/10/2018

A lack of sufficient funding to maintain local roads means potholes are ‘wreaking havoc’ with drivers, motoring body says.

Neighbourhood services a 'serious concern', report warns

12/10/2018

A new report has highlighted 'serious concerns' over the future quality of neighbourhood services and adult social care unless councils receive adequate funding in the next spending review.

Gloucestershire appoints Ringway to deliver £245m infrastructure contract

25/09/2018

Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Ringway Infrastructure Services to deliver a new multi-million pound highways maintenance contract for the county.

County to borrow £120m for infrastructure improvements

19/09/2018

Oxfordshire County Council has approved plans to borrow £120m to repair roads and other council assets.

Oxford strikes £2.6m deal to maintain its own roads

07/09/2018

The two councils covering Oxford have struck a deal that will see the city council provide routine highway maintenance services on behalf of the county.

Councils told how to secure approval for lane rental schemes

03/09/2018

The Government has released guidance on how councils can secure approval to operate lane rental schemes, which allow English authorities to charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day for carrying out roadworks.

Councils warn of congestion crisis after vehicle numbers jump by 2.5 million

30/07/2018

The number of vehicles on England’s roads have risen by 2.5 million in the last five years, while road space has only increased by 0.6%, council leaders have warned.

TSRGD 2016: 2 Years On

18/07/2018

Industry opinions of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 are being canvassed in a 3M survey believed to be the first of its kind.

Campaigners warn of prioritising capacity over safety on roads

12/07/2018

Road safety campaigners have warned the Government should not put capacity over safety after figures revealed lorry traffic on motorways has increased 15% in five years.

Council trials mobile phone detection technology

10/07/2018

Norfolk County Council has become the first local authority to trial mobile phone detection technology in order to improve road safety.

Contractor ordered to pay Birmingham £50m in PFI dispute

13/06/2018

Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd has been ordered to pay Birmingham CC £50m in compensation in a long running dispute over a highways PFI, according to reports.

Roadworker dies on Surrey roundabout scheme

05/06/2018

A worker has died on site at a council road improvement scheme in Surrey, after apparently being hit by plant machinery.

Edinburgh City Council votes to ban advertising boards

18/05/2018

Edinburgh has voted ‘unanimously’ to ban advertising boards in order to improve pedestrian safety.

Air pollution destroying roadside flowers warns charity

14/05/2018

Air pollution and bad management have caused the diversity of wild flowers on road verges to fall by 20%, new research has found.

Liverpool Council to borrow £185m for road investment plan

20/04/2018

Liverpool City Council will invest £200m to improve the condition of roads across the city.

Councils awarded £900,000 for connected maintenance

27/03/2018

Councils are to share £900,000 to invest in innovations using connected vehicles.

A leaner approach

26/03/2018

John Holliday explains how LEAN working principles have helped Transport for London and CONWAY AECOM to deliver a complex infrastructure renewal project on one of London’s busiest roads.

The fall in funding

26/03/2018

Rod Penman explains how local authorities can protect their highways resources in the face of falling maintenance funding.

Councils given £100m to repair two million potholes

26/03/2018

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced almost £100m extra cash for councils to help repair roads badly affected by recent cold weather.

Rise in online shopping is damaging roads, councils warn

26/03/2018

The amount of traffic caused by the number of Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) on the roads has increased by 20% over the last five years, new analysis has revealed.

Well-maintained footpaths can promote walking, health body says

23/03/2018

Local authorities should improve the quality of footpaths to encourage people to be more active, public health body says.

One in five local roads ‘structurally poor’

20/03/2018

More than 24,400 miles of roads need essential repair in the next year, a new survey has revealed.

Carriageway ironwork should be seen and not heard

16/03/2018

Paul Thompson outlines the four key steps that should be considered when installing access covers.

Public backs 'safe, accessible' Oxford Street pedestrianisation

14/03/2018

Plans to pedestrianise part of Oxford Street have been backed by a majority of the 22,000 people who responded to the latest consultation but the authorities have pledged to look at issues of safety and accessibility raised by the public.

County at ‘crisis point’ announces revised budget

28/02/2018

Northamptonshire County Council has announced revised budget savings after being warned by auditors to revise its spending plans.

Drivers ‘frustrated’ with fall in pothole-fixing funds

26/02/2018

Only 15% of drivers say local roads are maintained to a high standard, survey reveals as council chiefs warn of underfunding for local infrastructure.

Implementing road pricing systems

23/02/2018

Gary Thompson explains more about road pricing and its contribution to a 'smart' environment with the help of asset finance.

Roll-out of lane rental plans for local authorities

16/02/2018

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to allow the roll-out of lane rental schemes across the country, giving local authorities the option to charge utility companies up to £2,500 a day for digging up the busiest roads at peak times.

Council to sue Highways England for £7m in bypass costs

16/02/2018

A Yorkshire council is planning on suing Highways England in an effort to recover Selby bypass repair costs.

Abandoned cars have cost councils £1m over past two years

15/02/2018

Councils are being forced to remove an abandoned car every 30 minutes, according to a new investigation.

Bristol's 20mph speed limits have saved four lives, study finds

14/02/2018

The introduction of 20mph speed limits in Bristol have managed to save four lives and avoid eleven serious injuries, according to a new study.

Liverpool takes back control of its highways

07/02/2018

Liverpool City Council has officially ended its contract with Amey and taken its highways services back in-house.

Councils hit out over disparity in road funding

25/01/2018

National roads will receive 52 times more government funding than local roads by 2020, the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted today.

Road maintenance spending at ‘lowest level’ in a decade

19/01/2018

Newly released Government figures show that road maintenance spending by councils is at the lowest level it has been in 10 years.

Thousands of council bridges are ‘substandard’

19/01/2018

Nearly 3,500 council-maintained road bridges have a greater risk of collapse, new figures have revealed today.

Council leader warns of legal action over dual carriageway decision

24/10/2017

The leader of Sefton Council has called for a judicial review into the decision by Highways England to build a £200m dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley.

Proactive innovation wins the day at the Highways Awards

23/10/2017

The 14th Highways Awards (formerly the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards) took place last Wednesday 18 October in the jubilant atmosphere of the Nine Kings Suite at the Lancaster London.

Local roads get £350m funding boost

19/10/2017

The Government has announced a £345.3m funding package to improve local roads and public transport across the country.

Parents who drive kids to school gate could face £130 fine under new council scheme

06/09/2017

Parents who drive their children to the school gates could face fines of up to £130 under a new scheme launched by Croydon Council.

Councils could issue hourly charges for roadworks

04/09/2017

Local authorities could be allowed to charge utility companies carrying out roadworks by the hour under new government proposals.

Congestion to cost economy £300bn a year by 2030

21/08/2017

Congestion will cost the economy hundreds of billions a year by 2030, council chiefs predict as they call for more long term funding certainty for local roads.

Charities warn against ripping up street bumps

02/08/2017

Three leading transport charities have criticised the Government’s new air quality plan for encouraging councils to remove speed bumps.

Government awards councils £75m road improvement cash

02/08/2017

The Government has announced 19 road improvement projects across the country will receive a share of £75m.

Closing roads for play makes 'sense for public health'

31/07/2017

Closing roads to allow children to play in the street can help make them five times more active, a new report has revealed.

Councils warned about danger of overgrown verges

21/07/2017

Councils have been urged not to reduce the number of times verges are trimmed, after a new poll found two-fifths of drivers reported problems with overgrown foliage on local roads.

Scotland records 'deeply troubling' rise in road deaths

16/06/2017

Almost 200 people died on Scotland’s road last year after the number of fatalities rose by 14% on the 2015 figures.

Manchester announces £100m road investment

15/06/2017

Manchester has announced the beginning of a £100m roads revival that will see the resurfacing of some of the city’s key roads.

Cardiff to double junction enforcement

22/05/2017

The City of Cardiff Council is poised to almost double the number of junctions it will monitor for moving traffic offences, following a fall in the number of tickets issued.

Verges should be carefully managed to save plant species, charity says

24/04/2017

Conservationists are urging local authorities to take better care of road verges as report reveals nearly 100 plant species are threatened with extinction.

Councils ‘vastly enhance’ roadworks communication

19/04/2017

Local authorities have been praised for ‘vastly enhancing’ their communication about roadworks in their areas over the past three years.

Council leaders ‘outraged’ by new Lower Thames Crossing

12/04/2017

Thurrock councillors are ‘outraged’ by the Government’s plans for a new Lower Thames Crossing and have accused Highways England of keeping residents in the dark.

Self-driving cars need well-maintained roads, study argues

07/04/2017

Driverless and connected cars add weight to the case for improved highway maintenance, report says.

Major road plans could be scrapped warns watchdog

22/03/2017

The £11.4bn funding plans to upgrade England’s major roads may not be deliverable or affordable, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

New roads create more traffic, campaigners say

20/03/2017

Road building schemes over the past two decades have failed to boost the local economy or reduce traffic, a damning report has claimed.

Over 3,000 local road bridges ‘substandard’, survey reveals

10/03/2017

Councils warn of a ‘chronic’ need for more investment in local roads as survey reveals over 3,000 road bridges are ‘substandard’.

Council to scrap roll-out of 20mph limits

09/03/2017

The roll-out of 20mph zones in Manchester is being reconsidered after analysis found they were not reducing the number of accidents or driver speed as quickly as hoped.

Essex council hits out over 'unacceptable' letter to residents

27/02/2017

Party leaders at an Essex council have joined forces to express outrage at Highways England 'again' writing to residents without informing the council.

Luton agrees £200m highways contract

26/01/2017

Luton Borough Council has awarded its £200m ten-year highways contract to VolkerHighways.

Why communication is the missing link

25/01/2017

Nick Smee explains why highways agencies need to drive two-way communication with the public.

Potholes to increase at 'unprecedented rate’

16/01/2017

Potholes are likely to appear at an ‘unprecedented rate’ over the next few months, a motoring group has warned.

Councils welcome road maintainance funding but warn its ‘not enough’

13/01/2017

Council chiefs welcomed the Government’s announcement that local authorities will not be allocated local road maintainance funding through an ‘uncertain bidding process’.

New lollipop sign invention has ‘potential to save lives’

11/01/2017

An inventor in Durham has developed the first upgrade to the school crossing patrol sign in five decades and he believes it has the ‘potential to save lives in the future.’

Councils need 'clarity' on highways funding allocations

29/11/2016

A leading motorists' organisation has demanded clarity from transport secretary Chris Grayling over plans for spending on roads.

Managing highways: how to respond to the new Code of Practice

21/10/2016

Paul Tombs examines guidance from the updated Code of Practice for Highways Maintenance and what local authorities will need to maintain standards of service.

Nearly 50% of the public have complained about their local roads, survey shows

21/10/2016

A new survey has revealed 44% of people polled had complained to their local authority at least once about the state of their local road network.

Report calls for a Major Road Network

12/10/2016

Thousands of miles of council-owned roads should receive comparable levels of funding as the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in order to support regional economies, a new report has argued.

Average speed cameras cut serious crashes by a third

30/09/2016

The use of average speed cameras reduces the number of fatal and serious crashes by more than a third, according to new research.

Whitehall ‘blatantly ignoring’ road safety concerns

29/09/2016

The Government is ‘blatantly ignoring’ safety concerns over its plans to convert motorway hard shoulders into lanes, MPs claim.

Council pledges to improve wildlife habitats under road scheme

29/09/2016

Staffordshire County Council is promising to create ‘better wildlife habitats’ as part of works to build a relief road.

Can money really grow on trees?

29/09/2016

Scott Fitzgerald explains why Salford City Council has created a detailed inventory of its highways trees.

Managing and maintaining footways

26/08/2016

Simon Burrows explains how councils can get their survey strategy right for maintaining footways.

Councils call for power to fine utility companies for road works

15/08/2016

Local authorities are calling for tough new powers to tackle ‘rush hour gridlock’ caused by utility companies digging up roads.

Councils urged to bid for £2m intelligent transport funding

11/08/2016

Councils are being urged to bid for a share of £2m in order to use new technology to improve journeys for motorists.

Scottish councils ‘urgently’ need to share services to improve roads

04/08/2016

Councils should ‘collaborate more’ in order to improve Scotland’s road network, auditors say.

Association calls for official definition of a pothole

03/08/2016

A national statutory definition of what comprises a pothole would stop councils from ‘moving the goal posts’ to save money, according to an industry body.

Campaigners calls for Scottish 20mph national default

02/08/2016

A default 20mph speed limit for built up roads would be eight times cheaper than authority by authority, according to figures released by a campaign group.

Small firms demand more money for countryside roads

25/05/2016

Business leaders have called for more cash to be spent on the UK’s rural road network to help boost economic growth.

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Neuroscience and knife crime

Gifford Sutherland, knife crime expert at The Training Hub, provides some insight into neuroscience, young people and knife crime.
Highways jobs

Local Land Charges Information Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£37,717 - £44,373
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Planning and Transport Strategy service for a forward thinking and innovative... London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Food Safety Senior Practitioner WCC10715

Westminster City Council
£46,293 - £64,656 per annum
As our professional and technical expert in this complex arena, this is a unique opportunity to make your mark on the capabilities of the team. City of Westminster, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Westminster City Council

Casual Lifeguard

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 3 - £9.29 per hour
It's exciting times at Riverside Leisure Centre with a brand new centre set to open in Spring 2019 and we need you to get on board and help us make... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Director of Operations (Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care)

Slough Children's Services Trust
circa £100k p.a.
As a qualified social worker, you will have significant experience of managing statutory social work delivery at a senior level. Slough, Berkshire
Recuriter: Slough Children's Services Trust

Deputy Director Children’s Social Care

City of Bradford MDC
£96,603 - £102,287
Our new Deputy Director will play a pivotal role in leading the department through a major improvement journey.  Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

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