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£300m North West highways framework shares work around

A mixture of national names and local SMEs have won places on a framework agreement for highway-related works and services in North West England worth up to £300m. The framework was led by Stockport and Bury councils and is open to be used by all Greater Manchester authorities: Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford, Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Oldham,… Read more »

AIA: Give our Highways Heroes the support they need

Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) chair Rick Green has sent a message to the sector for National Pothole Day, congratulating the ‘heroes’ of the roads industry and calling for more support from central government. Mr Green said: ‘The last 12 months have been challenging for those responsible for maintaining our roads. ‘Quite rightly they have been… Read more »

National Pothole Day survey finds network in decline

A major survey taken to mark National Pothole Day has found that 81% of local authorities believe the pothole crisis has become worse over the last five years. Funding cuts have played a significant part in the decline in the network with 57% of councils revealing they had their funding for repairs reduced over the… Read more »

Velocity blasts through Brent potholes

The London Borough of Brent has completed a two-year programme that aimed to rid its roads of potholes and defects using Velocity Patching. In what Velocity said was the largest ever spray-injection patching project ever undertaken in the capital, the local authority set out to visit every residential street in the borough. The campaign followed… Read more »

TfL held to account over casualty rates

Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new online tool that it said will enable organisations and the public to see the level of road casualties in the capital. It said the Vision Zero Dashboard will allow police collision data to be more easily accessed and interpreted, allowing it and partner organisations to better identify… Read more »

M25 scheme latest to hit planning trouble

The planning approval process for improvements to Junction 10 of the M25 has slipped again after ministers said they needed more time. The Development Consent Order (DCO) examination was completed in July last year, having been extended by two months as a result of the impact of COVID-19. The A3 crosses the M25 at Junction… Read more »

Haluch to run Breedon’s contracting business

Construction materials firm Breedon appoints industry heavyweight James Haluch as MD of its GB Contracting business.

Traffex roars back to the future with hybrid format

Traffex Parkex returns this year as a full hybrid exhibition, backed by a COVID peace of mind guarantee. Despite the current UK lockdown, the huge task of the vaccine roll-out is already gaining pace, providing confidence that the country will soon start to recover from the pandemic. The Traffex Parkex team remain confident that the… Read more »

New signs point the way to vaccine roll-out

The Department for Transport has published examples of new signs to guide traffic to COVID-19 vaccination centres in support of the national vaccination plan. On Monday (11 January) the NHS opened seven new vaccination centres – one in each of the NHS England regions, ‘with many more expected to be up and running by the… Read more »

Kier integrates £11m tech deal in Area 13

Kier will now maintain technology assets across Highways England’s Area 13 network, worth an extra £11m on top of its existing maintenance and response (M&R) contract for the region. The firm has maintained the Area 13 network – located in the North West and covering Cumbria and North Lancashire – under the Managing Agent Contractor Contract for the last three years.  The… Read more »