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Highways Agency updates handbook


THE GOVERNMENT last week updated its handbook for achieving sustainability on UK roads.

Thirteen 'innovations' have been added to the Highways Agency 'Toolkit', produced last year to tackle congestion, safety, environmental impact and integrated transport issues. The initiatives are being trialled before being applied across the motorway and trunk road network.

Transport research organisation TRL will monitor the pilot schemes and the Agency's expertise could then be sold abroad, said Agency chief executive Lawrie Haynes.

Initiatives include:

Partnership between the Agency and Channel Tunnel Rail Link during construction of the CTRL and M2 just west of Rochester;

Partnership with Great Western Trains to develop parkway stations;

Introduction of mobile road-surface checking to avoid lane closure;

Web-based transport information;

Introducing bio-engineering for slope stabilisation;

Creation of artificial otter holts alongside the A49;

Improving wet night visibility road markings; and

Installation of self-illuminating LED road studs.

Overall Agency spend on road improvement this year is expected to be £454M.

Ravers are thought to be stealing self-illuminating studs trialled on the A449 trunk road between Kidderminster and Worcester.

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