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RSMA report critical of motorway service stations

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has assessed the external layout of 85 motorway service areas, with many scoring badly.

According to the RSMA, a mess of conflicting signs, worn-away road markings and bewildering road layouts are just some of the problems drivers experience when taking a break on England’s motorway …Read More

Plastic roads to be trialled

KWS Infra, the road building division of VolkerWessels, is hoping to trial a new ‘Plastic Road’ system in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Director of KWS Infra Rolf Mars said: “Plastic offers lots of advantages compared to current road structures, both in the construction and the maintenance of it. It is also much more …Read More

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Chancellor announces new Roads Fund

Money raised from vehicle excise duty will be spent on roads, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his first Conservative Budget.

From 2017, there will be a flat rate of £140 for most cars, except in the first year when the tax will remain linked to the CO2 emissions that cars …Read More

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Rise in number of unfinished roadworks

A third (33%) of all car journeys made by British motorists are affected by roadworks, according to research carried out by LV= Road Rescue.

A freedom of information request issued by LV showed that there has also been a 21% rise in the number of outstanding roadworks per local council when …Read More

Local authorities in battle for roads cash

Councils fighting for local roads funding will be allocated funds based on performance, under a pilot scheme launched by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Roads Minister Andrew Jones (pictured) revealed details of the scheme at The Future Highways conference in London yesterday (11 June).

He said: I have been deluged with requests …Read More

Labour pledges to invest in roads

Labour will support long-term investment in strategic roads, address the neglect of local roads and promote cycling if it wins the General Election.

The party has launched its election manifesto with leader Ed Miliband guaranteeing that all policies outlined in it would require no extra borrowing.

Despite Labour’s statement about road improvements, …Read More

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Highways England goes live

Highways England has taken over the running of England’s motorways and A-roads.

The new government-owned company has taken over the management of the strategic road network from the Highways Agency.

Improvements over the first five years of operation include 112 major improvements, including 15 smart motorway projects providing 280 extra miles of …Read More