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RAC issues safety warning over obscured signs

07/06/2024

More than half of motorists say obscured signs are a frequent occurrence on their journeys, according to a survey by the RAC.

Council suspends meeting amid disorder over 20mph ‘frustration’

17/05/2024

A Ramsey Town Council meeting was suspended and a man was asked to leave after the agenda descended into a heated discussion about a 20mph traffic zone.

Council proposes nearly 30 new 20mph zones

02/05/2024

Westmorland and Furness Council has proposed rolling out nearly 30 new 20mph zones to ‘make streets safer’.

Council chiefs call for powers to fight pavement parking ‘scourge’

12/02/2024

‘Long-overdue’ powers to ban pavement parking should be extended to all areas across England now, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.

TfL hands boroughs another £80m for streets

31/01/2024

Transport for London (TfL) has announced up to £80.4m for boroughs to improve public transport, make walking and cycling safer and create new school streets.

First-of-kind tool links road casualties and deprivation

12/01/2024

Transport for London has launched a dashboard which shows how deprivation is linked to higher levels of death and injury on the capital’s roads.

Road sign rules changed to protect hedgehogs

21/12/2023

Rules around the wildlife warning signs on roads are set to be relaxed to make it easier for local authorities to alert drivers to the presence of hedgehogs.

Acrospire donate solar-powered luminaires to Bishops Castle Council

05/12/2023

Acrospire has donated three solar-powered lanterns to Bishops Castle Town Council in memory of Dylan Price who was tragically lost in a hit-and-run collision.

Council's failure to fix pothole blamed for man’s death

17/10/2023

A man died after falling from his bike when it entered a crack in the road that had been identified to Lancashire County Council, a coroner has found.

Pedestrian crossings lights could stay green longer

25/07/2023

Active Travel England (ATE) is considering introducing new guidance for councils that could increase the amount of time people have to cross the road.

Charity calls for more 20mph near schools

14/06/2023

A road safety charity has called on local authorities to implement 20mph speed limits around all schools.

Campaign to discourage speeding on rural roads launched

06/03/2023

Government has launched a road safety campaign to raise awareness of risks when speeding or driving too fast for road conditions, especially on rural roads.

Building a robust pothole-related injury legal defence

25/01/2023

Ravinder Johal, a partner at law firm Shakespeare Martineau, discusses the importance of a robust legal defence in the face of personal injury claims.

Cyclists warned to steer clear of pothole-ridden roads

23/01/2023

A bicycle insurance company has called for the crumbling road network to be fixed, citing data showing that 21% of cyclists have hit a pothole.

Council’s wavy road marking scheme branded ‘bizarre’

17/01/2023

A local authority in Somerset has defended itself against accusations that its new road safety scheme is ‘bizarre’ and could prove to be a risk to drivers.

Council seeks court order to crack down on ‘street cruising’

22/12/2022

Birmingham City Council is seeking a High Court order to ban street cruising from all city roads.

Engineering safety into roadworks during the winter months

29/11/2022

Ben Duncker discusses the safety measures local authorities need to consider when planning winter road maintenance and upgrade works.

Glasgow council first to install cycle-activated signs

11/10/2022

Glasgow City Council has taken the innovative step of installing cycle-activated electronic signage on its road network to improve safety for cyclists.

Oxfordshire proposes traffic filters for Oxford

31/08/2022

Oxfordshire County Council is to launch a consultation on proposals to introduce six trial traffic filters in Oxford.

Shapps proposes 20mph speed limits for cyclists

17/08/2022

The Government is considering introducing 20mph speed limits for cyclists in urban areas.

UK first as Surrey plans speed reduction trials on 60mph roads

09/08/2022

Surrey County Council has announced plans to pilot speed limits of 20mph and 30mph on roads that were previously 60mph, in what is thought to be a UK first.

Council reduces speed limit on over 700 roads

13/05/2022

Cornwall Council is reducing the speed limit on hundreds of residential roads from 30mph to 20mph.

Portsmouth crossing lights a ‘national first’

22/11/2021

A Portsmouth crossing is the first in the UK to benefit from an innovative new lighting system aimed at improving safety.

Index reveals 40,000 unnecessary road deaths

18/11/2021

There have been an estimated 40,000 unnecessary deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s roads over the past decade, new research has revealed.

Glasgow City Council launches road safety plan

25/08/2021

Glasgow City Council has launched a new road safety plan that they hope will reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

Khan launches ‘world-leading’ scheme to get dangerous lorries off the road

30/10/2019

The mayor of London has launched a scheme to remove ‘the most dangerous’ Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from the capital’s streets.

Scotland's 20mph roll-out suffers blow

03/06/2019

A national roll-out of 20mph speed limits in Scotland has suffered a blow after a key committee refused to recommend the bill.

Councils take ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes

18/01/2019

Councils are increasingly adopting a ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes, an analysis of council response times to calls about road defects has found.

Survey reveals ‘concerns’ over road sign legislation

22/10/2018

The majority of those working in the road signs industry have concerns with the new legislation governing the designs and conditions of use for traffic signs.

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.

New service to help councils manage roadworks

03/09/2018

Local authorities will be able to accurately record and share data on roadworks, after the Government pledged to invest up to £10m in a new digital system.

Whitehall not doing ‘nearly enough’ to tackle pothole epidemic

24/08/2018

The Government is not doing ‘nearly enough’ to improve the state of the roads in the UK, road users say.

Council chiefs call for ‘real investment’ to fix local roads

23/04/2018

Local authority leaders have called for ‘real investment’ into local roads as new research reveals drivers spent one million years on the road in 2016.

‘Urgent action’ needed to cut accidents, road safety group says

21/11/2017

Car crash deaths and injuries on the 10 most improved roads in Britain fell by 74% saving £17m, according to the Road Safety Foundation.

Westminster rolls out 20mph trial

06/09/2017

The City of Westminster is rolling out 20mph speed limits this week in order to promote walking and cycling, and protect vulnerable road users.

London must improve road safety for motorcyclists, assembly says

03/03/2016

Transport planners in London must do more to tackle a rising tide of motorcyclist deaths and injuries, the capital's assembly has demanded.

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