Wolverhampton’s Civic Centre car park reopening after £2m revamp

Time lapse of A8 bridge demolition

Sutton and East Surrey Water awards £87m infrastructure & resilience contract

Sutton and East Surrey Water has  awarded two AMP 6 infrastructure term service and resilience mains contracts worth an estimated £87.5 million in total.

The term service contract covers potable water pipeline construction, commissioning and associated service connections and water meters installation, together with repair and maintenance of the water distribution network.

The AMP6 framework resilience mains contract covers the construction and commissioning of strategic potable water pipelines.

Three firms were in the bidding for the  infrastructure term service contract, which has been awarded to Clancy Docwra Ltd, while J Murphy & Sons Ltd the resilience mains contract – again, three suppliers bid for the work.

Some work under both contracts is likely to be subcontracted.

M4 and M25 roadworks to be completed this week

Drivers will soon be able to make smoother journeys on motorways and A roads across the country as more than 170 miles of roadworks will be lifted or completed before the August bank holiday.

Highways England will remove the roadworks by 6am on Friday, August 26, so more lanes will be open and most speed restrictions will be lifted.

This means that over the bank holiday 97 per cent of England’s motorways and major A roads will have no roadworks on them.

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “This August bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of our motorways and major A-roads in England.

“Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners to help clear any incidents – the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.

“We’re asking people to be prepared too. Make sure you have everything you need for your journey should there be any delays, check before and during your journey and also make sure you’re aware of the signs and signals on motorways.”

Roadworks lifted or completed in the South East

Tunnel maintenance work on a one-mile stretch of the M4 near junction 5 (Slough) will be completed. While work to improve carriageways on the motorway between junctions 4B and 4A (Heathrow) will also be completed.

The improvement and upgrading work on a 3.5 mile stretch of the M4 near junction 4 (West Drayton) and work on the junction 4 westbound entry slip road will be finished.

On the M25 workmen will wrap up electrical work on both carriageways between junctions 15 and 16 (near West Drayton), while improvement work the M25 clockwise and anticlockwise roads which link to the M4 will be finished.

Horticulture work on a short stretch of the M25 at the junction 14 (Heathrow) will conclude, as will the project to erect signs between junctions 13 and 12 (near Staines).

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Drivers will soon be able to make smoother journeys on motorways and A roads across the country as more than 170 miles of roadworks will be lifted or completed before the August bank holiday.

Highways England will remove the roadworks by 6am on Friday, August 26, so more lanes will be open and most speed restrictions will be lifted.

This means that over the bank holiday 97 per cent of England’s motorways and major A roads will have no roadworks on them.

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “This August bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of our motorways and major A-roads in England.

“Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners to help clear any incidents – the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.

“We’re asking people to be prepared too. Make sure you have everything you need for your journey should there be any delays, check before and during your journey and also make sure you’re aware of the signs and signals on motorways.”

Roadworks lifted or completed in the South East

Tunnel maintenance work on a one-mile stretch of the M4 near junction 5 (Slough) will be completed. While work to improve carriageways on the motorway between junctions 4B and 4A (Heathrow) will also be completed.

The improvement and upgrading work on a 3.5 mile stretch of the M4 near junction 4 (West Drayton) and work on the junction 4 westbound entry slip road will be finished.

On the M25 workmen will wrap up electrical work on both carriageways between junctions 15 and 16 (near West Drayton), while improvement work the M25 clockwise and anticlockwise roads which link to the M4 will be finished.

Horticulture work on a short stretch of the M25 at the junction 14 (Heathrow) will conclude, as will the project to erect signs between junctions 13 and 12 (near Staines).

Source:

Drivers will soon be able to make smoother journeys on motorways and A roads across the country as more than 170 miles of roadworks will be lifted or completed before the August bank holiday.

Highways England will remove the roadworks by 6am on Friday, August 26, so more lanes will be open and most speed restrictions will be lifted.

This means that over the bank holiday 97 per cent of England’s motorways and major A roads will have no roadworks on them.

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “This August bank holiday, we’re helping drivers with their journeys by clearing roadworks across the majority of our motorways and major A-roads in England.

“Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners to help clear any incidents – the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.

“We’re asking people to be prepared too. Make sure you have everything you need for your journey should there be any delays, check before and during your journey and also make sure you’re aware of the signs and signals on motorways.”

Roadworks lifted or completed in the South East

Tunnel maintenance work on a one-mile stretch of the M4 near junction 5 (Slough) will be completed. While work to improve carriageways on the motorway between junctions 4B and 4A (Heathrow) will also be completed.

The improvement and upgrading work on a 3.5 mile stretch of the M4 near junction 4 (West Drayton) and work on the junction 4 westbound entry slip road will be finished.

On the M25 workmen will wrap up electrical work on both carriageways between junctions 15 and 16 (near West Drayton), while improvement work the M25 clockwise and anticlockwise roads which link to the M4 will be finished.

Horticulture work on a short stretch of the M25 at the junction 14 (Heathrow) will conclude, as will the project to erect signs between junctions 13 and 12 (near Staines).

Source: http://www.highwaysindustry.com/m4-and-m25-roadworks-to-be-completed-this-week/

Britain’s longest road tunnel could feature palm trees and fake clouds to keep drivers calm

Yorkshire Water awards £5m AMP6 actuator contract

Liverpool’s roads to be transformed in £45m shake-up

Liverpool city centre is set to undergo a “radical” £45 million transformation of its roads as part of council plans to make it more attractive to visitors.

Major new schemes include extending St George’s Plateau into Lime Street to create a “world class gateway experience” for those arriving by train and slashing The Strand from eight lanes down to a four lane tree lined highway.

The local authority says the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity Scheme (LCCC) aims to “transform how people move around Liverpool city centre – by foot, bike, car, coach and bus”.

The plans will also see changes to Queens Square and Paradise Street ( Liverpool One ) bus stations and the creation of the city’s first dedicated coach park.

And there will even be new bridges across Canning Dock.

Source: http://www.highwaysindustry.com/liverpools-roads-to-be-transformed-in-45m-shake-up/

Commuters enjoy cut in journey times after £3.4m Cowgate junction scheme

Commuters have saved around seven minutes a day in travel time thanks to a £3.4m roadwork scheme.

Journey times through Cowgate junction have been slashed since the long-awaited improvements to the junction were completed earlier this year.

During peak morning periods, journey times from the A1 to Stamfordham Road have dropped to 175 seconds, saving drivers three minutes 45 seconds. And drivers are saving just under three minutes from the A1 to Cowgate through Ponteland Road.

Coun Ged Bell, Cabinet member for investment and development said the former roundabout had been an accident blackspot.

“When we initially consulted with the public, there was some resistance to replacing the old roundabout into a new junction operated by lights, but we knew the old roundabout wasn’t coping with the high levels of demand placed on it, as well as the potential for housing growth in this area of the city,” he said.

“We knew that we could make this junction better and more reliable by introducing intelligent traffic signals to manage traffic flow, and the stats prove this.”

Cowgate junction is used by 60,000 motorists daily, as well as being a major route for public transport – with almost 70 buses passing through the junction every hour during the day.

The scheme was completed at Easter after months of delays as the council avoided disruption during the busy festive period.

The old roundabout basin was filled with around 2,000 polystyrene blocks to make way for the new road layout and “intelligent” traffic lights, which will continue to improve journey times were installed.

Coun Bell added: “We’ve had a good response from the public on the improvements, as wasting time stuck in traffic isn’t good for business, for people, or for the environment.

“We now need to connect the junctions in the key corridor which runs across the city from Cowgate to Gosforth in the north of the city, which includes problem junctions Haddricks Mill and Blue House roundabouts, which we’re currently out to consultation on.”

The improvements to Cowgate junction were part of the council’s Re-newcastle £60m of investment into the city’s highways and infrastructure.

Source:http://www.highwaysindustry.com/video-commuters-enjoy-cut-in-journey-times-after-3-4m-cowgate-junction-scheme/

Transport for Buckinghamshire trialling new Info Video format

Last week Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) released an info video on the ins and outs of pothole repair. TfB has done videos before, and has a YouTube channel, but this new format was designed to be accessible to all users while delivering a brief, but informative, answer to a frequently asked question. In an effort to share information in a relatable way, the content was designed to be jargon-free and comprehensive, as well as friendly to audiences of all levels. The info video includes images and interactive links to allow the audience to find out more if they wish, and on-screen captions are accompanied by corresponding voiceovers recorded by Buckinghamshire’s cabinet member for transportation, Mark Shaw.

Councillor Shaw was keen to get involved in creating the info video:

“I loved the idea of trying to reach residents in a new format, to keep them engaged with our messages and try and manage expectations about what is possible at Transport for Buckinghamshire within budget. This is a question which is asked really frequently, and we know it frustrates a lot of people. I’m a big fan of speaking plain English, and trying to get information to Buckinghamshire’s residents in a way that everyone can understand, so I was more than happy to hop into the recording booth to lend a hand!”

The info video was also a good opportunity to remind everyone of the reasons to feel positive about the county’s 3,000km of carriageways, and celebrate again the Department for Transport’s 2016 pothole fund, which awarded Buckinghamshire an extra £545,000 to repair defects in the roads this year. What’s more, TfB is keen to champion its supply chain partner Velocity, which offers value for money on repairs with a 12 month guarantee.

The info video was free to make, and reached over 1,500 people in its first few days when embedded to Facebook and shared on Twitter. If the format proves successful in terms of reaching people and effectively sharing information, it may become a standard part of TfB’s communications approach.

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