Highways

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.

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.

Highways jobs

Senior Manager – Older Adults – Residential Care

Cumbria County Council
£68,709 - £71,218
This pivotal role requires leadership and management of the Council's twenty in house Residential Care services Carlisle, Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Co-ordinators

Buckinghamshire Council
£30,874 - £37,188 per annum
Interested in a career as an EHC Coordinator? Come along to our drop-in event to meet members of the SEND team and find out more about the role! England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

Junior Analyst

Essex County Council
£24001.0 - £27270 per annum
This opportunity is on a 12-month, fixed term basis. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week. Our Data & Analytics service is evolving, England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Contract Monitoring Officer (Streets and Grounds)

Wiltshire Council
£24,313 - £26,317 per annum
This is an interesting and varied role involving inspecting and monitoring the condition of the highway Wiltshire
Recuriter: Wiltshire Council

Child and Family Support Worker - Children in Care

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

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