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UK testing for motorway surfaced with recycled tyres

UK testing for motorway surfaced with recycled tyres

8th August 2019 | 0 Comments

When the rubber hits the…rubber: Highways England is trialling a new road surface using recycled tyres. The rubber-asphalt mix has been laid on a section of the M1 near Leicester and is now being evaluated for durability.

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Motorway breakdown data adds to case for recovery operator red lights

2nd August 2019 | 0 Comments

Campaigners from the roadside recovery industry have highlighted how new government figures on motorway breakdowns bolster the case for increased protections for roadside rescue and recovery operators – including the right to use red warning beacons.

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Self-driving truck trial evaluated following A14 trial

Self-driving truck trial evaluated following A14 trial

4th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Highways England and Blackwell, the earthworks contractor, have completed work on a short trial involving an autonomous dump truck (ADT) on the A14. The month-long project, which ended on May 1, was paid for with £150,000 from the Government’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS) innovation designation fund and took place on a section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

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Semi-finals, motorways and World Cup coincidences

11th July 2018 | 0 Comments

As fans cheer on the England squad’s bid for World Cup semi-final glory this evening, the country’s busiest roads will be much quieter than the normally would be midweek at 7pm. Highways England says a brief analysis of traffic on each of the England match days to date, comparing an hour before kick-off to two hours after, shows that during the games demand reduced by up to 33 per cent.

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Tyre-related deaths and injuries preventable: Highways England and Bridgestone

Tyre-related deaths and injuries preventable: Highways England and Bridgestone

27th April 2018 | 0 Comments

Simple checks could prevent almost three-quarters of motorway incidents related to tyre failure. This is one of the conclusions of an 18-month study conducted by Bridgestone and Highways England. More than 30 people were killed or seriously injured in motorway accidents in 2016 due to illegal or faulty tyres.

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TyreSafe: casualties from tyre-related incidents down slightly

28th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The latest figures from the Department for Transport in its annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report show the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents fell to 158 from 162. Slight injuries were also down meaning the total number of casualties was 876, its lowest level recorded. Following the welcome but slight decrease in casualties caused by tyre-related incidents in 2016, TyreSafe is urging drivers and stakeholders to continue their efforts, not become complacent. Indeed, Scottish figures were significantly worse than 12 months ago.

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TyreSafe’s message being featured in national road safety campaign

10th April 2017 | 0 Comments

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

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CMA calls for motorway debris review

CMA calls for motorway debris review

7th October 2016 | 0 Comments

Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) has called on Highways England to urgently review the arrangements for clearing debris from UK motorways following a worrying rise in “swerve to avoid” and “tyre blowout” related claims.

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LeasePlan UK debunks motorway myths

29th September 2016 | 0 Comments

This year has seen Highways England roll out smart motorways as a part of its ambition to reduce congestion and improve journey times in the UK. But, with that, Transport Minister Chris Grayling gave the go-ahead to remove 32 miles of hard shoulder on the M4, with 30 schemes proposed to permanently convert the hard shoulder into a traffic lane on around 300 miles of motorway.

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TyreSafe supporters provide expert tyre advice for Stop4T motorists

TyreSafe supporters provide expert tyre advice for Stop4T motorists

11th August 2016 | 0 Comments

TyreSafe supporters, Micheldever/Protyre, GITI Tire UK, Westgate Tyres and Chris Hardy Tyres are each providing expert tyre advice to motorists participating in Highways England’s Stop4T activities. With their help, TyreSafe is joining the emergency service and Highways England officers at 19 service stations along the M6 corridor to provide potentially life-saving road safety advice, Stop4T as part of its on-going campaign to reduce the number of casualties on Britain’s roads.

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37% AA callouts are to ‘illegal or dangerous tyres’

25th July 2016 | 0 Comments

More than a third (37.2%) of drivers who called out the AA to fit new tyres were either driving with tread depths below the 1.6mm legal minimum (9.6%) – or were on the limit (27.6%), according to the latest data from the AA. The AA analysed thousands of call outs in 2016 to its team of specialist tyre fitters – providing a snapshot of the state of tyres on Britain’s roads.

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TyreSafe: over 10 million vehicles on an illegal tyre

TyreSafe: over 10 million vehicles on an illegal tyre

15th July 2016 | 0 Comments

TyreSafe shared the results of its latest national tyre survey on 14 July, with the shocking headline figure suggesting that “over 10 million UK motorists could drive a vehicle with an illegal and dangerous tyre during 2016”. Speaking during the Tyre Safety Month Briefing, TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson shared how the survey, conducted by TyreSafe in partnership with Highways England, reveals that more than 27 per cent of tyres were already illegal when they were replaced. That equates to more than one-in-four of the 37 million cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) on the UK’s roads.

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Growth in electric charging network

29th February 2016 | 0 Comments

About 98 per cent of England’s motorway network is within 20 miles of an electric vehicle charge point, with 72 per cent of service stations now providing electric charging.

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All speed cameras ‘will be yellow within a year’ Government says

24th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Every working speed camera on the strategic road network will be yellow within a year, the Government has announced. Ministers ordered a review of speed camera policy on motorways earlier this year and Highways England has today confirmed their plan to increase the visibility of all speed cameras on the network.

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Motorway tyre pressure checking scheme extended

Motorway tyre pressure checking scheme extended

30th September 2015 | 0 Comments

A safer roads service that allows car, van and lorry drivers to quickly check their vehicle’s tyre pressures before resuming motorway journeys has been extended until the end of the year. The project was launched in April 2015 for an initial three month trial period, but was so successful – with more than 1,000 vehicles being tested a week – that the decision was taken to continue the scheme through to Thursday 31 December.

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