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July 20, 2017



Ruling ‘must prompt a change in approach’ on insurance claims

A recent court case should deter Highways England contactors from overcharging insurers for damage to highway infrastructure, according the boss of a claims management company. Read more

Major survey highlights danger of overgrown verges

Two out of five drivers say overgrown foliage is hiding speed limit and other warning signs and the same number feel that overgrown verges are blurring sight lines at junctions on local roads. Read more

Major changes ahead for leading contractors’ body

One of key trade bodies for the highways industry, the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), is set to undergo governance reform this year as well as produce key best practice documents and make a major push to raise its profile. Read more

Damage to local roads as flash floods hit Cornwall

Massive damage appears to have been done to local roads as a result of flash flooding around the village of Coverack, on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Read more

Skanska announces around £33m UK writedowns

International infrastructure company Skanska has announced a profit warning including writedowns of about £33m from its UK operations. Read more

Highways England to improve recruitment and selection process

Highways England is updating its 'recruitment and selection process' ministers have revealed after a recent fall in traffic officer numbers was raised in parliament. Read more

Council seeks bids for £58m ‘obstacle course’ bypass

A contractor is being sought to design and construct a £58m single carriageway bypass that involves an obstacle course of engineering and environmental challenges.  Read more

RSMA sweeps new accreditation

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) is thought to be first trade body in the UK highways sector to obtain the ISO9001:2015 quality assurance accreditation. Read more

FM Conway produces its own Polymer Modified Bitumen

Infrastructure services firm FM Conway has started to produce its own polymer modified bitumen (PMB), which is added to asphalt mixes to improve the long-term performance of road materials. Read more

Wolfson prize winner seeks ‘pothole-free Britain’

A recent graduate has won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize 2017 with a proposal for motoring taxes to be replaced with a single charge based on distance travelled and environmental impacts. Read more

Kier buys McNicholas Construction

Leading contractor Kier has acquired the £180m-turnover firm McNicholas Construction, to strengthen its position in the utilities and infrastructure services. Read more

£10m contract framework on A9 opens to bids

A four year works framework worth around £10m is up for grabs on the A9 route between Perth and Inverness, in preparation for the start of the main construction work. Read more

Road worker dies after being hit by resurfacing truck

A local authority road worker has died after being hit by a truck carrying out resurfacing work. Read more

Highways England investigates ‘false’ claims allegations

Highways England is taking seriously a claim raised in Parliament that its contractors are driving up insurance costs by making inflated claims for damage from road accidents. Read more







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