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Route Safety

Everything you need to know about improving route safety

June 20th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Enhanced Delineation Junction Safety Dynamic Lane Marking Pathway Guidance Cycle Safety Speed Compliance

Both Highways England and Transport for London have documented their aspirations that no one is killed on their roads by 2040. Local authorities are similarly committed to reducing accidents on their networks. But with 249,700 miles of road and nearly 2,000 road deaths per year in the UK, where do we even start to tackle road safety issues?

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All you need to know about SolarLite Active Road Studs for enhanced delineation

June 4th 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Route Safety Enhanced Delineation

Retro reflective studs have long been the favoured and trusted choice for roadside delineation. But in this extended blog, we look at SolarLite Active Road Studs as an alternative and question why today’s modern network is still reliant on an 80-year-old solution.

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Why short-term funding creates long term costs

March 28th 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Route Safety

With the battle of Brexit still dominating the headlines, one of the biggest revisions to local government funding is about to creep into action. Effective from the 2019/ 2020 financial year, the Government will withdraw its Revenue Support Grant for local authorities and instead replace it with greater business rates retention.

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Reviewing smart motorways part 3: Are there alternatives to smart motorways?

March 7th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Ramp Metering MIDAS News / Commentary

So far in this series, we’ve considered the public sentiment towards smart motorways and their safety record. Now we consider the alternative solutions to the additional capacity we require. We need to address the huge and growing issue of congestion in this country by increasing capacity on the road network. Smart motorway schemes are far less costly than traditional motorway widening schemes so we may need to find a way to make them work.

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Reviewing smart motorways part 2: Are smart motorways safe?

March 7th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Ramp Metering MIDAS News / Commentary

In the first part of our smart motorways series we looked at the different types of smart motorway, why they were introduced and the specific road safety concerns regarding all lane running (ALR) schemes and the dangers they pose to roadside recovery workers. Now we’ll consider the safety record of smart motorways and whether they are more or less safe than a normal motorway.

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Reviewing smart motorways part 1: Do we need to put the brakes on smart motorways?

March 7th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Ramp Metering MIDAS News / Commentary

Almost all of us use the motorway network as part of our travels across the country and as Smart Motorways are continuing to be rolled out, we are all developing opinions and perhaps some understanding on their positive and negative impacts. In this series of blogs, we explore how ideas on future developments can create a positive outcome in developing the UK’s roads.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: why it’s vital to maintain proven road safety measures

February 21st 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Route Safety

The age old saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ is often applied to clothing or domestic products. But the same can be said about road safety; by spending more money and investing in a quality solution, this can deliver long term, cost effective benefits.

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Three important questions to ask when improving road safety

January 17th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety

Active road studs are a solar powered alternative to traditional retroreflective road studs. They clearly delineate the road ahead and so reduce night time accident rates. Our SolarLite Active Road Studs allow drivers to see ten times further than traditional studs. We’ve been investigating the effect of our active road studs on accident rates since they were first deployed on UK highways over a decade ago and we’re confident they have led to reductions. What we didn’t know until recently was how road users felt about them. Having conducted several road user surveys, we now have an answer to the key questions you may have been asking yourself about active road studs.

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Dealing with dangerous roads – where to turn next?

December 6th 2018 / Andrew R/ Links: Route Safety

With potholes attracting an extra £100m funding to be spent by the end of March 2019, why are we having to fight for the extra £75m per year over the next five years to ‘make safe’ the most dangerous sections of the UK roads?

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