Highways

Smarter steps to a greener future

24/05/2022

Brightly’s digital asset management solution, Confirm, is helping local authorities to streamline their operations, cut costs and contribute to the wider, global sustainability mission. Hannah Winstanley explains more.

Council blocks scrutiny over bizarre £7m contract roll-over

06/05/2022

Greenwich Council has refused to disclose why it has handed out a £7m contract without a competitive tender and has blocked scrutiny of the move.

Low carbon approaches to road maintenance

05/05/2022

Rick Green talks about the findings of this year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey regarding the measures being taken on the path to net zero asphalt.

New trial to crack down on 'rowdy' motorists

03/05/2022

A new trial to help local authorities tackle loud engines and exhausts on Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by the Government.

How IoT is helping local authorities keep their infrastructure assets safe from harm

21/04/2022

Manish Jethwa outlines how local authorities are using Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor infrastructure assets and remediate faults and other issues, as and when required.

Council resurfaces road using recycled car tyres

21/04/2022

A new technique that uses recycled car tyres to resurface roads has been used in Lancashire for the first time, the county council has confirmed.

Council will declare 'major incident' if congestion persists

08/04/2022

The leader of Dover District Council has warned he won't hesitate to declare a major incident if the town faces gridlock this weekend.

LA maintenance funding frozen after cut fears

04/03/2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced individual allocations for all local highway authorities outside London and the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) – with cash frozen at 2021-2022 levels for the next three years.

Kirklees raises unclassified road spend by £10m

23/02/2022

Kirklees Council has approved an additional £10m to tackle improvements on its 895-mile network of unclassified roads.

Bristol confirms September launch of charging CAZ

16/02/2022

Bristol's City Council has confirmed plans to launch its Clean Air Zone in September this year when motorists could be charged for entering the city centre.

Oxfordshire puts £8m into 20mph plans

10/02/2022

Oxfordshire County Council has approved an £8m budget to support its 20mph speed limit roll-out.

Counties warn funding cuts put road maintenance plans at risk

08/02/2022

County and rural councils will see their funding for road maintenance fall by nearly £500m by April this year, new analysis has warned.

'Get moving on road pricing,' MPs say

04/02/2022

MPs have backed a move towards road pricing to avert a £35bn black hole in the public finances.

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

03/02/2022

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

01/02/2022

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

DfT begins moving traffic powers handover

01/02/2022

The Department for Transport has released new regulations to give English councils outside of London the power to enforce moving traffic violations, including issuing fines for stopping in a box junction.

Liverpool launches £40m framework procurement

21/01/2022

A £40m highways framework covering the Liverpool Combined Authority region is open to supplier bids.

Khan eyes pay-per-mile fix for capital’s emissions

18/01/2022

London must implement a pay per mile road charging system to achieve its targets for cutting toxic air and carbon emissions, according to a new report commissioned by the mayor's office.

Highways lifecycle planning will help reduce emissions in a tough financial climate

24/11/2021

Emily See explores how carbon-reduction demands are pressuring councils to improve highways lifecycle planning.

Manchester hopes to trial use of zebra markings at side roads

09/11/2021

Greater Manchester’s mayor and transport commissioner have written to the transport secretary seeking permission for a mass trial of zebra markings at side roads after new evidence showed that they lead to a 65% increase in drivers giving way.

Spending Review conceals local road cuts

29/10/2021

Road maintenance funding for councils not receiving settlements through combined authorities appears to be facing a cut of around £200m over three years following the Spending Review - more if you add inflation.

Budget 2021: National Highways faces £3.4bn funding cut

27/10/2021

National Highways is facing a major funding cut of some £3.4bn after today’s Budget, with the total for the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS 2) dropping dramatically from the £27.4bn announced last year to £24bn.

ULEZ expansion 'a lifeline for Londoners'

25/10/2021

As London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sees a massive expansion, a think tank has called on mayor Sadiq Khan to go further and introduce a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme.

Cabinet backs 20-20 vision for Oxfordshire

20/10/2021

Councillors in Oxfordshire have backed plans for widespread 20mph limits as part of an ‘ambitious and innovative’ new transport plan that aims to create a ‘healthier, better digitally connected, more active’ county.

Councils warn local road maintenance budgets face £400m cut

11/10/2021

Funding for local road maintenance has been cut by £400m this year, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Council chiefs warn driver shortages could hit gritting services

11/10/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

New 50mph speed limits in Wales to be enforced

28/09/2021

Motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limits on some of the most polluted roads in Wales could face fines, the Welsh government has warned.

Oxfordshire plans wave of 20mph zones

03/09/2021

Oxfordshire CC has suggested 85% of the county's 30mph roads could be reduced to 20mph, as part of a programme kicking off in the village of Cuxham this month.

Strategy sets out 'digital revolution' for highways

02/09/2021

Roads that can repair themselves and an automated cone laying machine are some of the initiatives outlined today to create a 'digital revolution' in highways.

Multi-million pound boost to cycling and walking budget

30/07/2021

The Government has announced a £338m funding package to build more cycle lanes and deliver walking schemes to help boost active travel.

Heatwave causing roads to melt 'like chocolate'

21/07/2021

Councils have been forced to take emergency action after the heatwave caused some roads to melt in the sun.

Council steps up security after vandalism at Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

20/07/2021

Lambeth Council has been forced to install security measures after vandals targeted its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes.

Over £1bn road investment could prevent 11,000 injuries

13/07/2021

A new study has calculated that investment packages totalling £1.4bn could prevent over 11,000 fatal and serious injuries on the roads over the next two decades.

Wales seeks 'hearts and minds' over 20mph move

09/07/2021

The Welsh Government has confirmed plans to reduce the national default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets as one of its legislative priorities for the year.

High court rejects challenge of council's low traffic neighbourhoods

29/06/2021

A legal challenge against Lambeth Council's low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) has been rejected by the high court.

Council prosecutes firm over traffic jams

23/06/2021

Thames Water has been prosecuted by a London borough after creating what the council said were unnecessary traffic jams three times in less than a fortnight.

Charges for Birmingham's Clean Air Zone delayed for two weeks

02/06/2021

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) finally went live on Monday, but with a two-week ‘soft launch period’ where no charges will be levied.

Road funding will be cut by more than a fifth this year, warn council chiefs

24/05/2021

Councils have warned they face a £400m reduction in local road maintenance budgets this year.

London repairs backlog hits 'staggering' £1bn

19/05/2021

The cost of the road maintenance backlog on London’s roads has now passed £1bn, according to the fourth annual ‘State of the City’ report from the London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG).

Study reveals over 25,000 modal filters in UK enabling access to cyclists

18/05/2021

New research has revealed there are at least 25,000 modal filters in the UK restricting motor vehicles and enabling access to cyclists and pedestrians.

Highways England steps in to improve toxic air in Dorset village

12/05/2021

Highways England is to impose a permanent 30mph speed limit in a village suffering high air pollution after a trial achieved an improvement.

Pollution fears rise as traffic surges in Scottish cities

06/05/2021

New data shows that traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, adding to fears about air quality following delays to Scotland’s planned Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Harrow Council to remove two Streetspace schemes

04/05/2021

Harrow Council’s cabinet has decided to remove two of three Transport for London (TfL) Streetspace schemes designed to support people to socially distance and encourage active travel during lockdown.

New asphalt mix like ‘anti-ageing cream for roads’

28/04/2021

A section of dual carriageway in Northamptonshire has become the first in the country to be resurfaced with a new asphalt mix which could help roads last significantly longer.

Pothole figures 'a watershed moment'

20/04/2021

Drivers are having to use roads that often ‘resemble the surface of the Moon’, the RAC has said after revealing a 37% year-on-year rise in pothole-related breakdowns in the first three months of 2021.

Taking asset management from ‘worst first’ to data driven

19/04/2021

Constrained local authority budgets and the skills gap are making highways asset management a major challenge. Steve Batchelor says advancements in risk-based artificial intelligence could be the key to saving time, money and lives.

Councils urged to bid for £15m traffic signals cash

09/04/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) is urging English local authorities outside London to submit expressions of interest for a share of £15m of new funding to repair and upgrade their traffic signals.

Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool

24/03/2021

Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.

Welsh councils get £12m to improve local roads

24/03/2021

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £12m for local authorities to 'fix potholes and improve roads, pavements and active travel routes' across the country.

Hammersmith Bridge could reopen as ‘double-decker crossing’

23/03/2021

Hammersmith Bridge could potentially reopen for pedestrians and cyclists next summer as a temporary double-decker crossing, the London borough has announced.

Council votes against reinstating Kensington cycle lane

19/03/2021

Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to not re-install the Kensington High Street temporary cycle lane scheme, which caused controversy last year after being introduced in October only to be abandoned seven weeks later.

Schools and hospitals face 'serious disruptions' as PFI contracts end

19/03/2021

Vital public assets such as roads, schools and hospitals will face 'serious disruption' if Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts expire without a plan in place, MPs have warned today.

London’s lane rental scheme to include pavements for first time

24/02/2021

Charges under London’s lane rental scheme are to be amended from May and the scheme will be expanded and include pavements for the first time.

Eight areas to pilot 20mph speed limit in Wales

19/02/2021

Eight areas in Wales have been chosen to pilot a default 20mph speed limit on residential roads ahead of the full rollout in April 2023.

Council road repairs cash down £400m next year

15/02/2021

County councils have said they will have ‘no choice’ but to cancel high priority highway maintenance works next year after the Government announced capital funding allocations down £398m on current levels.

Councils allocated £500m to fix ten million potholes

15/02/2021

Councils have been allocated £500m from the Government's £2.5bn Potholes Fund.

Mayor and TfL seek to appeal Streetspace judgement

11/02/2021

London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have applied to appeal a court ruling that deemed their Streetspace for London Plan unlawful.

Councils cut number of gritting days by 29% over two years, research shows

09/02/2021

The number of days councils spent gritting roads fell by 29% between 2017/18 and 2019/20, according to new research.

Over half a million face clean air zone charges this year

08/02/2021

Half a million drivers in London and Birmingham could be 'priced off the road' under Clean Air Zone charges this year, according to motoring group The AA.

Government announces £93m investment for road upgrades

01/02/2021

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed £93m for three major road upgrade schemes across the country, including two schemes funded as part of the major road network (MRN).

Council bridges decline as scour checks fall

29/01/2021

The number of substandard road bridges managed by councils across Great Britain is increasing, new research shows.

Welsh council to trial touchless technology at pedestrian crossings

27/01/2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Eight in ten council say pothole crisis has worsened in five years

15/01/2021

More than eight out of ten local authorities say the pothole crisis has worsened over the last five years, according to the results of a new survey.

Councils struggle as people flock to rights of way

15/01/2021

Local government directors are asking councils across England for more information about the pressures on public rights of way due to increased use during the pandemic.

Could safe pedestrianisation secure a greener more prosperous future after COVID?

13/01/2021

Deborah Ainscough discusses the potential benefits of temporary pedestrianisation for local authorities and the safety considerations for pedestrianisation planning.

What’s in a (street) name? Councils get help with changing times

07/01/2021

GeoPlace has published guidance for local authority officers in England and Wales who are responsible for naming and renaming streets and buildings.

Kent facing days of disruption

23/12/2020

Kent CC is preparing for a Christmas of dealing with the fallout from the closure of the French border.

Drivers most concerned over potholes, report warns

14/12/2020

More than half of drivers believe the condition of local roads has deteriorated in the past year despite the drop in car use due to the pandemic.

Ministers dump VED pledge and strip local roads of billions

01/12/2020

The Government appears to have abandoned its commitment to create a National Roads Fund (NRF) through the hypothecation of vehicle excise duty (VED), undoing a long-standing promise without informing MPs or the public.

MP calls for changes to highways funding formula

05/11/2020

A Conservative MP has called for reforms to the maintenance funding formula for highway authorities in England to take into account road condition, traffic volumes and the council's own contributions.

Charity offers ‘up to £200,000’ to support innovative road safety technology

05/11/2020

Local authorities are now able to apply for grants to fund projects that explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety.

Robotics to be deployed in battle against potholes

27/10/2020

The University of Liverpool has launched a spin out company which will drive the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics to detect potholes and road cracks.

Welsh councils to get pavement parking enforcement powers

15/10/2020

Councils in Wales could have greater powers to prevent pavement parking by 2022 after ministers backed recommendations from an independent taskforce.

Leeds set to scrap Clean Air Zone but could keep ANPR

14/10/2020

Leeds City Council is set to scrap its planned Clean Air Zone (CAZ) after businesses switched to cleaner vehicles in anticipation but is considering repurposing the vehicle tracking technology installed for the scheme.

AA highlights local road spend disparity

12/10/2020

The AA has accused some councils in England of doing ‘next to nothing’ by way of maintenance on their road network.

How local authorities have embraced lockdown to get their road networks in shape

21/09/2020

Chris Dyer outlines how connected asset management platforms are helping councils speed ahead with road maintenance schemes and reactive repairs work.

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.

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