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12 Sept 18        JCT Traffic Signals Symposium & Exhibition, Nottingham

13 Sept 18        West Midlands HAUL Roadshow, Dunstall Park Racecourse, Wolverhampton WV6

17 Sept 18         ITS World Congress, Copenhagen

9 Oct 18            ILP – Lightscene, Rotherham Utd Football Club

11 Oct 18           Safe @ Heart HS2 together, Millennium Point, Birmingham

12 Oct 18          CECA Vision North West Awards Dinner, Midland Hotel, Manchester M60 2DS

16 Oct 18          ITS Enforcement Interest Group Conference, London

18 Oct 18          HTMA Innovate & Develop: The Asset Evolution Hilton Metropole Hotel, NEC

18 Oct 18          Oman Road Safety & Accident Prevention Summit, Grand Hyatt Muscat, Oman

22 Oct 18          BSI 509/10 Sub Committee Meeting (Ian Thomas, Chair)

22 Oct 18          European Road Conference 2018, Dubrovnik

6 Nov 18           Expo-protection 2018, Paris

7 Nov 18           Highways UK, NEC

13 Nov 18         ITS Smart Environment Interest Group Meeting, Newcastle

14 Nov 18         CIHT North West Annual Highways Conference, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

15 Nov 18         ARTSM AGM  National Conference Centre, National Motorbike Museum, Solihull

22 Nov 18        ADEPT Autumn Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport M90 3KA

26 Nov 18         ITS UK Summit, Bristol Harbour Hotel

28 Nov 18        BSI Standards Forum, Park Plaza, Victoria

28 Nov 18        Street Works Conference, Leicester Tigers Welford Rd Stadium, Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 7TR

4 Dec 18           Gulf Traffic, Dubai World Trade Centre



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Human drivers Banned?

The Chief Executive of Highways England says that there may come a day when human-driven cars could be banned from fully-automated motorways and other main roads because they will be unable to communicate with autonomous vehicles and make journeys “hazardous” to other motorists  (for more info check out Smart Highways, http://smarthighways.net/he-chief-non-driveress-vehicles-could-be-banned-from-motorways/?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_17_9_2018_COPY_01) September 10th)

Mobile apps abound

Traffic managers are now able to control their variable message signs (VMS) with greater flexibility and speed, with a new app from VMS manufacturer and creator of intelligent transport system (ITS) products and integrated solutions, Bartco UK, and its sister company MVIS

DfT Push App for free

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £10m investment in Street Manager – a digital planning service to make ‘consistent, accurate data on street works available to motorists’.

ADEPT 25M AV Project

Members of the UK’s Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) are being invited to submit applications to a £25 million project, designed to bring digital innovation to local roads.

Scotland procurement

The Scottish Government has launched the procurement process for two new road maintenance contracts worth up to £1.4bn over 12 years.

Transport Scotland has published prior information notices (PINs) for the next generation of trunk road contracts, covering the South West and South East of the country.  For more information see Highways Magazine/Highways on Fridays 31/8/18

Smart Motorways Alliance (SMA)

Highways England has outlined key information about its Smart Motorways Alliance (SMA) plans – potentially worth up to £6bn over 10 years – which it says reflects a radical new direction for contractual arrangements on the strategic road network.

Prior to publishing the contract notice in late September and following a market engagement exercise in July 2018, Highways England has prepared a supplier engagement outputs report, which outlines the objectives of the new model, the budget setting process and the way payments to suppliers will be arranged.

It has also published a prior information notice, which reveals the contract notice is expected to be published on 25 September.

The SMA will be contracted to deliver the entire Smart Motorway Programme (SMP) for the balance of RIS 1, RIS 2 and RIS 3, using a single multi-party Alliance contract for Highways England and all Alliance partners.

The main aim of the SMA contract is to ‘create a delivery environment with shared ownership of the programme budget and a risk profile which links the Alliance Partner fee recovery (overhead and profit) to collective delivery performance’.

Alliance Budget surplus/deficit:

Alliance partners can earn additional payments through a proportion of gain share against the budget, over and above the budget share, in circumstances of budget outperformance (underspend). A liability cap to the Alliance Partners for overall budget performance (overspend) will be set at the same level as the budget fee proportion.

Highways England is seeking feedback on the updated commercial arrangements ‘specifically any key matters that would influence the participants appetite to tender or impact the structure of their future tender submission’.

Please send feedback by Wednesday 5 September to: RTMYourQuestions@highwaysengland.co.uk

Inclusive Transport Strategy

The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy was published on 25 July and is available to download from the Government website at:


The Strategy’s core objectives are:

  • Raising awareness of passengers’ rights and ensuring better enforcement of existing legislation;
  • Improving the training that all transport services staff receive;
  • Improving information provision before and during journeys;
  • Planning physical infrastructure changes to enable disabled people; and
  • Ensuring inclusive design for the technologies and business models of the future

Stonehenge consultation

Highways England launches further consultation on proposed changes to A303 upgrade past Stonehenge.

Consultation will run from 17 July to 14 August, with two public information events – at The Manor Barn, High Street, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ, on Thursday, 19 July (2pm-8pm) and Antrobus House, 39 Salisbury Road, Amesbury SP4 7HH, on 31 July (2pm-8pm).

Further details of the proposed changes will be available during the supplementary consultation and in the meantime, anyone wanting further information on the scheme or anyone who wants to respond to the consultation can go to www.highways.gov.uk/a303stonehenge/consultation

DMRB June 2018

9/7/18 : First amendments now available  http://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/ha/standards/dmrb/index.htm