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Why road users are right to demand an end to the pothole crisis

May 16th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: News / Commentary

Right now, it appears there is no greater concern for motorists in the UK than potholes. Which is not surprising given drivers are spending over £4bn a year repairing damage from potholes to their cars. Drivers have consistently expressed their concern over the state of the roads and it’s time we listened to them and brought our ageing infrastructure up to date. Yet, the funding we will go on to outline is not enough to deliver this. That’s why a new approach is needed.

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Employee car parking drives career decisions

May 2nd 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Parking

In comparison to the more “functional” or more sociable areas of the workplace, such as kitchens or canteens, the employee car park is basic and fundamental. Yet it can have major implications for the appointment and retention of staff as well as optimising business productivity.

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Can magnetometers be a viable option for MIDAS installations?

April 24th 2019 / Andrew R/ Links: Traffic Flow Monitoring Ramp Metering MIDAS

New technology choices are now beginning to emerge that are competing with loops such as radar and magnetometer-based detection. Every option has its pros and cons; some can give greater accuracy, some provide flexibility and some claim lower maintenance costs. But which one works best for you?

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The changing (virtual) reality of driver expectations

April 11th 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Journey Time Monitoring

For drivers too young to remember life before Sat Navs and Google Maps, planning a cross country journey involved studying maps, confirming the route with friends and if all else failed, stopping to ask directions.

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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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Comparing inductive loops and wireless magnetometers for traffic signal control

March 21st 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Network Management Wireless Vehicle Detection

The inductive loop has become so integral to the management of traffic signals that many of us working in the highways industry may simply assume it’s the right solution to provide the vehicle detection needed for the traffic signal control systems VA, MOVA and SCOOT. Yet, having been introduced in the early 1960s technology has moved on and alternatives have been developed that provide options for a traffic signal engineer.

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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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