Highways

Ministers seek middle path on pavement parking

01/09/2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a consultation setting out three options to tackle the issue of pavement parking.

Delivery companies to help map potholes

28/08/2020

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has launched what his department called a first-of-its-kind audit into the mapping of potholes in England ‘to better target improvements so that roads are in top condition as people return to work and school’.

London boroughs and Cardiff Council take £58.2m from moving traffic offences

19/08/2020

Councils in London and Cardiff made £58.2m from moving traffic offences in 2018/19, according to the RAC.

Roads to recovery

14/08/2020

Alex Glassbrook explores if councils were legally allowed to make amendments to traffic regulation orders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Road safety charity launches £300,000 COVID-19 fund

12/08/2020

A £300,000 fund has been opened to help local authorities respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

London's first cross-borough low traffic scheme

06/08/2020

The capital's first cross-borough lower traffic neighbourhood has been set up by Newham and Waltham Forest Councils.

Thousands of cars damaged by potholes during lockdown

16/07/2020

Nearly two thousands drivers had their vehicles damaged by potholes during locakdown despite road traffic plummeting, according to the RAC.

A fifth of people would pay more council tax to fix potholes

03/07/2020

A fifth of people would be prepare to pay an extra 10% in council tax to help cover the cost of road improvements, a new poll has shown.

Johnson launches planning reforms to help 'build, build, build'

30/06/2020

Boris Johnson is expected to bring forward £5bn of investment in hospitals, roads and schools later today.

Delivering a better post-pandemic public realm

25/06/2020

Chris Hodson explores how established and new techniques can help transform streets and public spaces to meet new challenges.

Majority of pavements are too narrow for social distancing, analysis reveals

05/06/2020

A new map has revealed that 70% of pavements are not wide enough for social distancing.

Highway Sector Council's 'Golden Covid-19' rules revealed

02/06/2020

A set of ‘Golden Covid-19’ rules created by the Highways Sector Council (HSC) gives specific guidance for worksites with calls to ‘accelerate major maintenance and deliver shovel-ready essential highway projects’.

Councils urged to create ‘school streets’

29/05/2020

Councils have been urged to close roads to cars during school pick up and drop off times to make journeys safer and manage social distancing at the school gates by ten NGOs.

DfT backtracks on 5-year guarantee in new street works code

26/05/2020

The Government has published a new version of the statutory code of practice for street works, and quietly backtracked on initial plans to increase the guarantee on road openings from two to five years.

Local roads get £1.7bn funding boost

15/05/2020

The Government has pledged £1.7bn to repair local roads and tackle 11 million potholes.

Government announces £250m emergency active travel fund

11/05/2020

The Government has announced the largest ever funding boost to create a ‘new era’ for cycling and walking.

Most London pavements too narrow for social distancing, researchers find

01/05/2020

Two-thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to follow social distancing guidelines, new research has found.

Councils urged to make cycling and walking safer during lockdown

24/04/2020

Councils have been urged to implement new measures to make it easier for cyclists to abide by social distancing rules during lockdown by Cycling UK.

Councils report tensions over Public Right of Way

22/04/2020

A new survey has found 90% of councils have reported increasing tensions between landowners and the public over right of way.

Councils urged to provide data on public rights of way

15/04/2020

Local authorities are being urged to provide information on how Covid-19 has affected public rights of way in their areas.

CIHT's new vision: Road pricing, a £15bn fund and place-based roads

02/04/2020

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) has called for sweeping reforms to local roads management and funding, underpinned by a £15bn, 10-year cash pot.

Local roads backlog exceeds £11bn, survey warns

24/03/2020

The average local authority is facing a shortfall of £4.9m to repair and maintain local roads, new research has shown.

Only 10% of councils meeting their pothole repair deadlines

16/03/2020

Only one in 10 local authorities are meeting their own target times to fix potholes and other road defects, new research has revealed today.

New major road network and large local major schemes announced

13/03/2020

The Government has announced the successful major road network (MRN) and Large Local Major (LLM) schemes proceeding to the next stage of development.

Budget: £27bn for national roads and £2.5bn for potholes

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) will spend over £27bn between 2020 and 2025 and pledged an extra £2.5bn for local road maintenance in the Budget.

Collaboration works

10/03/2020

Melanie Marchant explains how collaborative works save time and money and leads to a role on the Greater London Authority (GLA) Infrastructure team.

Councils warn 3.6 million extra cars are damaging Britain’s roads

09/03/2020

Council leaders have warned the number of extra cars being driven on the roads would cover the entire length of Britain’s coastline if lined up next to each other.

County council reconsiders ‘blanket’ 20mph limit

20/02/2020

A task group has concluded that North Yorkshire County Council’s proposal to impose a blanket 20mph limit across the county was ‘unrealistic’ both in terms of cost and enforcement.

Funding in tech to reduce traffic

17/02/2020

Three projects exploring how tech can cut congestion have been awarded £1.5m funding from the Government.

Grants offered to improve road safety

14/02/2020

A road safety organisation is offering grants to explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety.

Kier takes over interim Birmingham contract

04/02/2020

Kier has been brought in to manage the 15-month interim highway services contract in Birmingham after Amey's failed PFI deal in the city.

Council saves £1m by using AI to repair roads

04/02/2020

Blackpool Council has managed to save £1m and filled in more than 5,000 potholes by using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to detect road damage.

Only a month left to enter Street Design Awards 2020

30/01/2020

There is now only a month left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020, which celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Glasgow set for 20mph speed limit

23/01/2020

Glasgow City Council has approved plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit across most of its roads.

New housing developments slammed for 'mediocre and poor' design

21/01/2020

Three-quarters of new housing developments should not have been approved due to their ‘poor’ or ‘mediocre’ design, a new report from campaigners has found.

Pothole breakdowns fall as Beast impact fades

15/01/2020

The RAC attended significantly fewer breakdowns for pothole-related faults in 2019 than the previous year, despite a surge in the last quarter.

County motorists 'poor relation' to major cities

13/01/2020

Shire county authorities are failing to receive a ‘fair share’ of funding for roads with London receiving three times higher investment, new analysis has found today.

Council adopts new grass cutting approach to save bees

02/12/2019

Hertfordshire County Council is set to try out a new approach to grass cutting in an attempt to preserve wildflowers and the bees who rely on them.

Glasgow considering default 20mph limit

27/11/2019

Councillors in Glasgow have recommended the adoption of 20mph speed limit for most roads in the city, but with limited, if any, traffic calming measures.

World’s first local road trial of 2d material

12/11/2019

Skanska is leading what is thought to be the first ever local road trial of graphene material in asphalt.

DfT supports long-term funding proposal to tackle ‘plague of potholes’

28/10/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a Department for Transport commitment to a longer-term funding settlement which could help councils tackle the ‘plague of potholes’ on local roads.

Council to trial use of plastic kerbstones

28/10/2019

Kerbstones made from recycled plastics will be trialled by Wokingham Borough Council.

Green number plates considered for electric cars

22/10/2019

The Government is considering introducing green licence plates to help councils identify and incentivise the drivers of the cleanest cars.

Birmingham backs parking levy to cut pollution and congestion

18/10/2019

Birmingham City Council is to take forward work to develop a workplace parking levy (WPL) of £500 per space per year.

Highways Awards recognise the Wright stuff

11/10/2019

The winners of this year’s Highways Awards have been revealed in front of nearly 500 industry professionals at the Lancaster London.

Scotland’s first 20mph road network has ‘real impact’ on safety

08/10/2019

An evaluation of Edinburgh council’s roll-out of 20mph speed limits across the city has concluded that the programme’s objectives have been ‘broadly met’ and recommends further roll-out.

New road schemes get funding boost

01/10/2019

The Government has announced £100m investment in 18 road schemes to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and speed up journeys to work.

Councils urged to only cut road verges twice a year

27/09/2019

Road verges should only be cut two times a year in order to protect wild flowers and wildlife, new guidelines have recommended.

TfL to roll out 20mph limits in central London

09/09/2019

Transport for London (TfL) is set to take forward plans to lower speed limits on its roads across central London.

Tower Hamlets appoints Sustrans for first wave of new school streets

06/09/2019

East London borough Tower Hamlets has launched a scheme to create 50 streets where traffic is diverted away from school gates.

Spending Round 19: Javid promises an 'infrastructure revolution'

04/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid used his first Sending Round to call for an 'infrastructure revolution' and promise a national strategy by 'the autumn'.

MPs call for more use of Warm Mix Asphalt on highways projects

03/09/2019

Highway authorities could be saving millions and reducing CO2 emissions if they switched to warm mix asphalts on road construction and maintenance, MPs have said.

Councils demand power to tackle rogue lorry drivers

02/09/2019

Councils are calling for the power to fine rogue lorry drivers who flout weight restriction limits.

Council proposes £120m scheme to upgrade Liverpool’s ‘flawed’ junction

15/08/2019

Liverpool City Council has submitted proposals to the Government outlining its plans to radically redesign one of the city’s major junctions as part of a wider bid to boost transport in the North.

Welsh council trials ‘less expensive’ pothole repair method

14/08/2019

A trial of a new plastic-based substance to help councils fix potholes has found that it could be faster, cleaner and less expensive.

Think tank calls for fuel duty rise to tackle pollution

12/08/2019

A think tank has called for tough action to tackle air pollution, particularly from road transport, including higher fuel prices and a default 20mph urban speed limit.

Council pauses Hereford bypass schemes

12/08/2019

Herefordshire County Council has announced it will pause the Hereford bypass and Southern link road schemes to review other options available.

Government activates emergency funds for flood-hit councils

12/08/2019

The Government has activated an emergency fund for councils affected by flooding.

Cut road verges less to protect pollinators, research warns

06/08/2019

Roadside verges should be cut less to protect wildflowers and pollinators, new research has found.

Calls for 'two clear actions' to cut road casualties

05/07/2019

A leading safety charity has called on ministers to set safety goals for the proposed major road network (MRN) of local authority roads and for over £500m to be spent across Great Britain to improve high risk routes.

MPs call for five-year funding to tackle 'plague of potholes'

01/07/2019

Councils should receive a front-loaded, five-year funding settlement to repair local roads, MPs have argued today.

Birmingham City Council and Amey reach £300m deal

01/07/2019

Birmingham City Council has reached an agreement with Amey which will allow the outsourcing company to buy its way out of its highways contract for £300m.

The winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards

26/06/2019

From the restoration of a historic burial site to a successful and innovative road safety scheme, the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards have been revealed.

Highways Winner: New Park Road, Sustrans and Lambeth LBC

26/06/2019

The New Park Road safety scheme has been chosen as this year's winner of the highways category.

Councils urged to adopt new hedgehog traffic sign

17/06/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling today unveiled a new traffic sign which warns road users of hazards due to animals on the road.

Noisy drivers face fines under new plans

10/06/2019

Drivers with noisy vehicles are facing a crackdown with new technology to detect illegal sound levels.

Projects to develop new highways tech are launched

31/05/2019

A £22.9m programme has been launched with eight local authorities to develop new ways of building roads.

City of London plans UK’s first 15mph speed limit

28/05/2019

The Square Mile in London is set to become the UK’s first area with a 15mph speed limit.

Welsh first minister backs 20mph speed limit

08/05/2019

The Welsh government has thrown its support behind a push to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential areas.

Think tank calls for per-mile London road charging

29/04/2019

A new report has called for London to move towards a new road user charging scheme that charges drivers on a per-mile basis.

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.

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