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Questioning the development and implementation of CAV

July 4th 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Connected & Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, whilst announcing the budget in 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged “genuine driverless vehicles” would be operating on the UK’s roads by 2021. But with just two years to go until that deadline hits, serious questions have to be asked about whether the technology and roads are ready to adopt such a major change.

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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 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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